Tenne is most notable for his prediction in 1992, following the discovery of carbon nanotubes that nanoparticles of inorganic compounds with layered structures, such as MoS2, would not be stable against folding and would also form inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like structures.
Born in Kibbutz Usha, Tenne received his BSc in Chemistry and Physics from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1969, where he also received his MSc (1971) and PhD (1976). He then spent three years at the Battelle Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, before joining the Weizmann Institute on 1979. He was promoted to full professor in 1995.
Tenne is currently the Drake Family Professor and Head of the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Director of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Sciences, director of the G.Schmidt Minerva Center for Supramolecular Architectures and holds the Drake Family Chair in Nanotechnology. Tenne recently joined the Advisory Board of the newly launched Veruscript Functional Nanomaterials.
In 2005, Tenne received the Materials Research Society (MRS) Medal for his work on inorganic fullerenes.
- Reshef Tenne home page at the Weizmann Institute of Science.