About Reshef Tenne
Reshef Tenne studied at the Hebrew University (1966–1976) and was a postdoc at the Battelle Institute in Geneva (1976–1979). He joined the Weizmann Institute in 1979 and received tenure in 1985. He was promoted to a full professor in 1995. He published more than 380 original papers and about 80 invited chapters in books and review articles. Tenne served as the Head of the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute (2000–2007), the Founder and Director of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Science (2003–2014) and held the (inaugural) Drake Family Chair of Nanotechnolgy (2005–2014). He served in many scientific public organizations.
For the last 39 years Tenne's research has focused on the synthesis and properties of layered compounds (2D materials), like WS2 (MoS2). In 1992, he discovered that nanoparticles of 2D materials are unstable against folding and seaming, forming inorganic fullerene-like (IF) structures and inorganic nanotubes (INT) at elevated temperatures. He studied the synthesis of such nanoparticles and their properties in great detail and developed many applications based on IF/INT.
Tenne received many awards and recognitions. He was elected to the Israel Academy of Sciences in 2011, Academia Europaea in 2012, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2021. Among others, he recently received the EMET Prize (2020) in Exact Sciences from the Prime Minister of Israel, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2023) and the Von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS) (2023).