Israeli nanoscientist seeking cooperation with Taiwan (Focus Taiwan)

  • World renowned Israeli nanotechnology scientist Reshef Tenne
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Jerusalem, Sept. 11 (CNA) World renowned Israeli nanotechnology scientist Reshef Tenne said Monday that he looks forward to cooperating with Taiwanese scientists and enterprises, during a meeting with Chern Jenn-chuan (陳振川), CEO of the Taipei-based Tang Prize Foundation.

Chern met with Tenne, a former head of the Department of Materials and Interfaces at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), during a visit to the WIS.

Chern said the foundation has devoted great efforts in science eduction, and expressed hope for more cooperation with Tenne, an honorary research professor at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) in 2015.

Tenne has worked at WIS for over 30 years and his most notable achievement came in 1992 with the discovery of inorganic WS2 nanotubes, a material used for impact-resistant applications such as body armor.

The nanotechnology scientist also found that these nanoparticles possess superior lubrication properties, so that when added to lubricating fluids, they help to reduce friction, wear and temperature in a machine, thereby making it more energy efficient and extending its lifespan. His nano-composite materials -- used in the military, aerospace, marine, and machinery sectors, among other industries -- have earned him multiple nominations for the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Tenne said he is conducting a second phase of research on carbon nanoparticle applications and has collaborated with several enterprises in developing medical devices using carbon nanotubes.

In response to Chern's request for cooperation, Tenne said he has good experience working as an honorary research professor at NTUST and that Taiwan's excellent scientists have left a deep impression on him. Therefore, he said, he would like to cooperate with Taiwanese scientists and enterprises on the use of carbon nanotubes in applications.

Tenne particularly mentioned that several research projects jointly worked on by himself and Huang Song-jeng (黃崧任), a professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NTUST, have been patented. 

(By Charles Kang and Evelyn Kao)