New Quantum Microscope

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Prof. Ido Kaminer of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering heads the Robert and Ruth Magid Electron Beam Quantum Dynamics Lab. His AdQuanta group has developed a new 4D electron microscope, the first of it’s kind in Israel and one of the few in the world.

This breakthrough is likely to have an impact on numerous potential applications, including the design of new quantum materials for storing quantum bits with greater stability. Similarly, it can help improve the sharpness of colors on cell phones and other kinds of screens.

Kaminer explains, “We have developed an electron microscope that produces, what is in many respects, the best near- field optical microscopy in the world. Using our microscope, we can change the color and angle of light that illuminates any sample of nano materials and map their interactions with electrons, as we demonstrated with photonic crystals.”

 

Home Blood Test for Cancer Patients

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Dr. Avishay Bransky, CEO

Technion technology behind revolutionary new device

“Patients receiving oncology therapies are immuno-compromised and susceptible to infection,” says Dr. Avishay Bransky, CEO of PixCell Medical. “A hospital environment presents a major risk, due to potential contact with other patients, staff and for hospital-acquired infection. As such, we believe that enabling the shift to home care settings for oncology, in particular, is a crucial evolution in cancer care.”

PixCell Medical offers a new technology that enables rapid, at home blood tests that could enable remote the administration of remote chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients. Their patent-protected device uses an underlying technology known as viscoelastic focusing (VEF), which was first discovered at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology.

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Tech for N95 Masks

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Prof. Yair Ein-Eli, dean of the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technion. Photo: courtesy

Researchers Develop Self-cleaning Face Mask Which Could Kill Coronavirus

Led by Professor Yair Ein-Eli, researchers from the Technion Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering have developed a self-disinfecting, reusable protective face mask.

The disinfection process occurs when a layer of carbon fibers in the mask is heated using a low current source, such as a mobile phone charger. A patent application for the invention has been submitted in the U.S.

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Watch: Dr. Josué Sznitman Virtual Event

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New Hope and Therapeutic Technologies: A Breath of Fresh Air for COVID-19 Patients

On Tuesday, June 2 we had the pleasure of hosting Technion Professor Josué Sznitman for our first national virtual event. 

Dr. Sznitman and his team have developed an innovative technology that could dramatically improve the efficacy of existing drugs for treating Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. The team’s technology is known as Liquid Foam Therapy (LIFT), and is intended to dramatically improve the distribution of surfactant, the liquid that coats the surface in the lungs. Surfactant reduces the energy required for breathing and the technology could help save the lives of severe COVID-19 patients.

Watch Dr. Sznitman explain this innovative new technology and how it can help save lives.

 

 

Smart Disinfectants: Cleaning for COVID

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Prof. Shady Farah’s lab

A team led by Professor Shady Farah, of the Wolfson Faculty of Chemical Engineering, is developing disinfectant polymer materials with strong antiviral properties for the protection of surfaces where COVID-19 can linger. The polymers are highly stable macro-molecules designed to have long-lasting disinfecting qualities. The antiviral polymers can be used in hospitals, schools, transportation systems, homes, and more, giving an extra layer of protection against COVID-19.

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World Environment Day

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June 5th is World Environment Day, a day to reflect on what we can do protect the health of our planet. This year in particular, amidst the pandemic, we all have a heightened awareness of the ways in which our earth and human health are interconnected and must safeguarded.  Let’s all take this opportunity to become more environmentally responsible and mindful of the ways we can preserve nature today.

Here are a few ways Technion’s technological innovations encourage you to revisit your relationship with the world we live in.

ISRAEL AND USA JOIN FORCES FOR WATER-ENERGY TECH

Technion is part of a $21.4 million Israel-US consortium to develop water-energy technologies. More specifically, they are focusing on energy-efficient enhanced water supply, wastewater reuse and resource recovery, and energy water systems.

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THE FUTURE OF CLEAN ENERGY

PhD student Avigail Landman and Masters student Rawan Halabi are saving the planet with a water-splitting system powered by solar energy. This is a huge step towards eliminating our use of fossil fuels and lowering the damaging effects they have on our environment.

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MACHINE WHISPERERS TO SAVE THE PLANET

Augury is an Industrial Internet of Things and AI company which makes machines more reliable and enhances human productivity to  help reduce environmental impact. Also known as “machine whisperers”,  Augury co-founders Gal Shaul and Saar Yoskowitz are Technion alumni.

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WASTE CONVERSION TECH TO MAKE AUTO PARTS

German giant Daimler AG recently announced their collaboration with UBQ Materials to develop “clean” auto parts from converted unsorted household waste. UBQ Materials CTO Shaul Sheffer is a Technion alumnus.

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MONITORING THE ENVIRONMENT WITH BIOLOGICAL COMPUTER

Ph.D. student Natalia Barger and Assistant Professor Ramez Daniel, head of the Synthetic Biology and Bioelectronics Lab at Technion, designed a biological computer to monitor different substances in the environment. Constructed within a bacterial cell, it can transmit signals and can even warn about hemorrhaging in the human body in the future.

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EVERY DROP OF WATER COUNTS

Hydratech founder and CTO Dr. Dovik Barkay, is a Technion alumnus who started Hydrantech to create smart hydrant that saves water and millions of dollars. This smart hydrant alerts authorities of leaks, theft or malicious attempts to penetrate a water supply.

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FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE

Technion graduate Tomer Tzach started CropX in 2014.  The company is based on a hardware and software system that uses the power of big data, machine learning and cloud technology to boost agricultural output.  Their revolutionary system protects the environment by helping farmers save on water, fertilizer and energy while conserving resources.

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GIVE BEES A BREAK

Technion alumnus Eylam Ran is the Founder and CEO of agri-tech startup, Edete Precision. They have developed an innovative two-stage artificial pollination technology which mimics the way honeybees collect and distribute pollen. Now bees can take a break!

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MACHINE VISION ANALYZING WATER QUALITY

Mekorot and Newsight Imaging collaborated to develop an inexpensive spectrometer which can improve monitoring the quality of water and considerably increase efficiency. Co-founder and CTO of Newsight Imaging, Eval Yatskan, is a Technion alumnus.

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REMOTE SENSOR TO END OIL POLLUTION

Technion researchers are always trying to find innovative solutions to help save the planet. One of these solutions includes a remote sensor that can be placed on drones or satellites to produce high-resolution data on soil contaminants and detect oil leaks.

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Technion students, researchers and alumni are making big strides daily to help improve the state of the environment. If we all contribute by making one small change, together we can make a big impact. Be the difference the world needs. Support Technion Research helping make the world a better place.

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