David Avnir is a Chemistry Professor and until recently was the Head of the Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received all his academic education. His current scientific activities include sol-gel organic hybrid materials and biomaterials, theoretical and experimental aspects of chirality, theoretical studies in symmetry, and, quite intensively, organically doped metals. Earlier major interests included fractal theory in chemistry and physics, and far-from-equilibrium phenomena such as chemically driven hydrodynamic instabilities. He has co-authored more than 320 papers, and holds several key-patents in the sol-gel area. His publications have more than 13,000 citations, with an h citation index of 57.
He was the first Chairman of the Board of the International Sol-Gel Society (2003-2007). Co-founder of Sol-Gel Technologies, Inc., the sol-gel product of which (UV-Pearls®) is widely used by consumers world-wide. In 2009, the sol-gel community recognized his contributions to this field with a dedication of a Special Issue of the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology ((2009) 50:127), and on that year he was also elected as a Member of the Academia Europaea.
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