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Doron Aurbach (Hebrew: דורון אורבך‎; born 3 September 1952) is an internationally known electrochemist, materials and surface scientist.

Doron Aurbach
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Doron Aurbach, Bar-Ilan University
Born (1952-09-03) September 3, 1952 (age 67)
Alma mater
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry, electrochemistry
InstitutionsBar-Ilan University
Doctoral advisorShmaryahu Hoz
Other academic advisors
Doctoral studentsArie Zaban, Yair Ein-Eli


Doron Aurbach[5] was born in 1952 in Israel to parents who survived the Holocaust and fought the Israeli War of Independence, grew up in Ramat Gan and studied in Blich High School. He served in Sayeret Golani reconnaissance unit, a.k.a. 631st Reconnaissance Battalion, (an Israeli special force unit) and fought west to the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur War (1973). Later he returned to Golani Brigade as a deputy commander of a combat support company, and was discharged from reserve duty with a rank of a Major (Hebrew: רב סרן‎), at the age of 46, as a patrol officer in the Armored Corps.

He is married to Sara, an educational counselor by training who writes children's books. They live in Bnei Brak and have seven children and dozens of grandchildren.

Academic careerEdit

He obtained his BSc (1977), MSc (1979) and Ph.D. (1983, summa cum laude) from the Chemistry Department at Bar-Ilan University (BIU). In parallel to his Ph.D. degree, he completed a full degree in Chemical Engineering (1981) from the Technion (Israel Institute of technology).[5] He was a postdoctoral fellow (1983-1985) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Cleveland Ohio, led by Professor Ernest B. Yeager. In 1985 he joined the Chemistry Department at Bar-Ilan University and founded the electrochemistry group. Since October 1996 he is a Full Professor in the Chemistry Department and a Senate member at BIU. Between 2001 and 2005 he chaired the Chemistry Department and between 2010 and 2016 he chaired the Israel Labs Accreditation Authority. Aurbach is the Director of the Energy Center at the Bar-Ilan University Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA).[6] Aurbach's group belongs (together with other research groups from the US, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, and Germany) to a network of excellence in the field of advanced materials for power sources, founded and supported by BASF. His group benefits from a long-term collaboration with General Motors, working together on advanced power sources for electro-mobility (electric vehicles). Aurbach manages a budget of more than 56 million NIS as a founder and a leader of the Israel National Research Center for Electrochemical Propulsion (INREP),[7] from 6 Israeli institutions supported by the Israel Council for Higher Education and the Prime-Minister's office. Aurbach is a member of the small management team called IMLB LLC Ltd of the world organization of the advanced Li batteries community. Aurbach belongs to the international scientific board of the French Energy Network RS2E[8] and to the international scientific board of Daegu Institute of Technology (DGIST) in South Korea. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS),[9] Materials Research Society (MRS), the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), and a member in the European Academy of Science (since 2015). Aurbach serves (since 2003) as an Editor for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. During 2007 and 2015 he served also as a Senior Editor for the Journal of Solid-State Electrochemistry (Springer).[10] Among his students are Prof. Arie Zaban, President of Bar-Ilan University, Prof. Yair Ein-Eli[11], Dean of the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technion, and a number of other senior academic faculty members.

Scientific ResearchEdit

The scope of Aurbach research[5][12] includes all aspects of nonaqueous electrochemistry, many kinds of batteries: Li, Li-ion, Na-ion, Mg, metal (Li, Al)-air,[13] Li-sulfur[14] and lead-acid[15] systems, super and pseudocapacitors,[16] and electrochemical water desalination.[17] He pioneered the use of some of the most effective analytical (spectroscopic and microscopic) techniques for operando studies[18] of the most reactive electrochemical systems (e.g. Li and Mg metal anodes[19] in nonaqueous electrolyte solutions).[20] In his research Aurbach was able to identify major surface reactions which lead to the passivation[21] of active electrodes[22] which compose rechargeable battery[23] systems (Li, Li-C, Li-Si, lithiated transition metal oxides, Mg) in the relevant non-aqueous electrolyte solutions. His work promoted and developed important basic scientific topics which form the solid basis for the practical development of high energy density power sources. These included nonaqueous electrochemistry, active metals electrochemistry, understanding intercalation[24] electrodes and the correlation between structure, morphology, surface chemistry[25] and electrochemical performance of electrodes which are relevant to high energy density batteries. Prof. Aurbach also invented the field of rechargeable magnesium batteries,[26] demonstrating working prototypes of rechargeable Mg batteries.


Doron Aurbach has won several prizes, among them is the Eric and Sheila Samsom Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in alternative fuels for Transportation (2018).[1][27][28] His other awards include the Alexander Frumkin Medal of the International Society of Electrochemistry[2] (2018), Allen J. Bard Medal of the Electrochemical Society[3] (2017), Ernest B. Yeager award of the International Battery Association (IBA) for career-long achievements in power sources research[4] (2014), the Kolthoff prize of the Technion for excellence in chemical research (2013),[29] the Research Award of the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society (2013),[30] the Israel Chemical Society Prize of Excellence (2012),[31] the Landau Prize for Green Chemistry (2011),[32] the Edwards Company Prize of the Israel Vacuum Society for Research Excellence (2007)[33] and the Technology Award of the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society (2005).[30]


Aurbach is the author of more than 650 scientific publications, one of the highly cited researchers today.[34][35] During 2018 his work was cited around 7,700 times according to Google Scholar[36] and > 6,000 times according to Web of Science. His current statistical parameters (September 2019) are h-index of 121 (Google Scholar, > 60,000 citations) and h-index of 106 (Web of Science, > 47,000 citations). Aurbach is the 2019 Recipient of the 'Highly Cited Researchers' list, recognizing the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.[37]


  1. ^ a b The 2018 Samsom Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in alternative fuels for Transportation
  2. ^ a b Frumkin Memorial Medal - ISE
  3. ^ a b Allen J. Bard Award in Electrochemical Science
  4. ^ a b Prof. winner of the 2014 Ernest B. Yeager Award, Bar-Ilan Spokesman office
  5. ^ a b c Doron Aurbach, Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University
  6. ^ Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Bar-Ilan University
  7. ^ Israel National Research Center for Electrochemical Propulsion website
  8. ^ RS2E French research network on electromechanical energy storage
  9. ^ The Electrochemical Society
  10. ^ Journal of Solid-State Electrochemistry (Springer)
  11. ^ Dean of Materials Science and Engineering - Technion
  12. ^ Prof. Aurbach's Lab - Research Authority, Bar-Ilan University
  13. ^ Sharon, Daniel; Hirsberg, Daniel; Afri, Michal; Garsuch, Arnd; Frimer, Aryeh A.; Aurbach, Doron (2014). "Reactivity of Amide Based Solutions in Lithium–Oxygen Cells". The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 118 (28): 15207–15213. doi:10.1021/jp506230v. ISSN 1932-7447.
  14. ^ Kim, Hee Min; Hwang, Jang-Yeon; Aurbach, Doron; Sun, Yang-Kook (2017). "Electrochemical Properties of Sulfurized-Polyacrylonitrile Cathode for Lithium–Sulfur Batteries: Effect of Polyacrylic Acid Binder and Fluoroethylene Carbonate Additive". The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 8 (21): 5331–5337. doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b02354. ISSN 1948-7185. PMID 29039678.
  15. ^ Banerjee, Anjan; Ziv, Baruch; Shilina, Yuliya; Levi, Elena; Luski, Shalom; Aurbach, Doron (2017). "Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Doping in Lead-Acid Batteries: A New Horizon". ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 9 (4): 3634–3643. doi:10.1021/acsami.6b13377. ISSN 1944-8244. PMID 28080022.
  16. ^ Eliad, L.; Pollak, E.; Levy, N.; Salitra, G.; Soffer, A.; Aurbach, D. (2005). "Assessing optimal pore-to-ion size relations in the design of porous poly(vinylidene chloride) carbons for EDL capacitors". Applied Physics A. 82 (4): 607–613. Bibcode:2006ApPhA..82..607E. doi:10.1007/s00339-005-3440-9. ISSN 0947-8396.
  17. ^ Cohen, Izaak; Avraham, Eran; Bouhadana, Yaniv; Soffer, Abraham; Aurbach, Doron (2015). "The effect of the flow-regime, reversal of polarization, and oxygen on the long term stability in capacitive de-ionization processes". Electrochimica Acta. 153: 106–114. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2014.12.007. ISSN 0013-4686.
  18. ^ Dargel, Vadim; Shpigel, Netanel; Sigalov, Sergey; Nayak, Prasant; Levi, Mikhael D.; Daikhin, Leonid; Aurbach, Doron (2017). "In situ real-time gravimetric and viscoelastic probing of surface films formation on lithium batteries electrodes". Nature Communications. 8 (1): 1389. Bibcode:2017NatCo...8.1389D. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01722-x. ISSN 2041-1723. PMC 5680218. PMID 29123103.
  19. ^ Aurbach, Doron; Schechter, Alexander; Moshkovich, Moty; Cohen, Yair (2001). "On the Mechanisms of Reversible Magnesium Deposition Processes". Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 148 (9): A1004. doi:10.1149/1.1387980. ISSN 0013-4651.
  20. ^ Hirshberg, D.; Yariv, O.; Gershinsky, G.; Zinigrad, E.; Aurbach, D. (2015). "The Stability of Carbonaceous Electrodes in Ether Based Electrolyte Solutions for Advanced Li Batteries". Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 162 (13): A7001–A7007. doi:10.1149/2.0011513jes. ISSN 0013-4651.
  21. ^ Aurbach, D. (1991). "The Electrochemical Behavior of Calcium Electrodes in a Few Organic Electrolytes". Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 138 (12): 3536. doi:10.1149/1.2085455. ISSN 0013-4651.
  22. ^ Aurbach, D.; Cohen, Y.; Moshkovich, M. (2001). "The Study of Reversible Magnesium Deposition by In Situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy". Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters. 4 (8): A113. doi:10.1149/1.1379828. ISSN 1099-0062.
  23. ^ Choi, Jang Wook; Aurbach, Doron (2016). "Promise and reality of post-lithium-ion batteries with high energy densities". Nature Reviews Materials. 1 (4): 16013. Bibcode:2016NatRM...116013C. doi:10.1038/natrevmats.2016.13. ISSN 2058-8437.
  24. ^ Markovsky, Boris; Levi, Mikhail D.; Aurbach, Doron (1998). "The basic electroanalytical behavior of practical graphite–lithium intercalation electrodes". Electrochimica Acta. 43 (16–17): 2287–2304. doi:10.1016/S0013-4686(97)10172-4. ISSN 0013-4686.
  25. ^ Levi, Mikhael D.; Sigalov, Sergey; Salitra, Gregory; Aurbach, Doron; Maier, Joachim (2011). "The Effect of Specific Adsorption of Cations and Their Size on the Charge-Compensation Mechanism in Carbon Micropores: The Role of Anion Desorption". ChemPhysChem. 12 (4): 854–862. doi:10.1002/cphc.201000653. ISSN 1439-4235. PMID 21271632.
  26. ^ Aurbach, D.; Lu, Z.; Schechter, A.; Gofer, Y.; Gizbar, H.; Turgeman, R.; Cohen, Y.; Moshkovich, M.; Levi, E. (2000). "Prototype systems for rechargeable magnesium batteries". Nature. 407 (6805): 724–727. Bibcode:2000Natur.407..724A. doi:10.1038/35037553. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 11048714.
  27. ^ Mission of Israel to the UN in Geneva
  28. ^ Israeli, Finnish scientists win 1 mln USD for innovation in alternative fuels - Xinhua news
  29. ^ Kolthoff annual prize
  30. ^ a b ECS - Battery Division Research Award
  31. ^ The ICS Prize for the Outstanding Scientist
  32. ^ Landau Prize Awarded to Three Bar-Ilan University Faculty Members
  33. ^ IVS - Israel Vacuum Society
  34. ^ The 2016 List of Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering by Elsevier Scopus Data
  35. ^ 3160 Highly Cited Researchers (h>100) according to their Google Scholar Citations public profiles
  36. ^ Google Scholar - Doron Aurbach
  37. ^ Highly Cited Researchers Powered by Web of Science