Born September 1st 1948 in Bagdad, Iraq.
Director of the Lise Meitner-Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry.
Head of a group of theoretical chemistry in the Institute of Chemistry of the Hebrew University, Israel
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B.Sc. M.Sc. Bar Ilan University (1974);
Ph.D. The University of Washington (1978);
Postdoc Cornell University (1979);
Fulbright Fellow (1974-1979);
The Israel Chemical Society (ICS) Award for the Outstanding Young Chemist (1988);
The Kahlbaum Lectureship (The University of Basel, 1988);
Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award (1995-1999, 2014-5);
The A. D. Bergmann Prize (1995);
The Troisieme Cycle Lecturer of the French Speaking Swiss (Friebourg, Berne, Neuchatel, Geneve,1995; Basel, 1997);
The ICS Excellence Award (2000);
The Kolthoff Prize (2001);
Elected to the Scientific Board of WATOC (2002);
Fellow of the AAAS (2003);
The Kurt -Alder Lectureship (University of Köln, 2004);
The Minnesota Graduate-Students Lectureship (The University of Minnesota, 2004);
The Charles Coulson Lectureship (University of Georgia, Athens, 2005);
The Christmas Lectureship (University of Heidelberg, 2006);
The IQBC Lectureship (Prague, 2007);
Leonard N. Owen Lectureship (Imperial College, 2010);
The International Lectureship Series for Computational Science (Cape Town University, 2010);
The Frontiers in Bioinorganic Chemistry Lectureship (Max Planck Institute in Mülheim, 2012);
The Scrocco Lectureship (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa , 2013);
The Lu Jiaxi Lectureship (The State Key laboratory, Xiamen, China, 2013);
Selected to be included in "175 faces in chemistry" (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013);
The Schrödinger Medal (2007);
WATOC Fellow (2007);
The August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Dekmünze (Medal) (German Chemical Society, 2012).
Approximately 500 papers in chemistry journals including several books and book chapters.
Development of selection rules for spin inversion in organic photochemistry.
Developed a general model of chemical reactivity based on valence bond (VB) theory, and demonstrated its utility from H +H2 all the way to reactions of metallo-enzymes.
Used VB calculations to probe bonding, excited states of molecules and radicals, and reactivity, and provided the means and models to comprehend the computational results.
Developed the two-state reactivity (TSR) concept in bioinorganic chemistry, and demonstrated its widespread applicability to transition metal species and metallo enzymes (Cytochrome P450, Heme peroxidases, Heme oxygenases, nonheme enzyme, like alpha-ketoglutarate dependent enzymes, vs. their synthetic models).
Catalytic cycles of P450s. How do substrate binding and water aqueducts cause these catalytic cycles to cycle?
Development of the exchange-enhanced reactivity (EER) concept, followed by its applications to transition metal species and metallo-enzymes.
Exploration of DNA/RNA repair mechanisms.
Development of new bonding concepts and motifs; charge-shift bonding (CSB) and bonding in parallel spins (BPS).
Explored and established rules for the effects of oriented external electric fields on chemical reactivity of enzymatic and organic reactions.
Development of models for halogen bonds, CH---HC interactions, and other weak interactions.
Questioning "common wisdom": the nature of the π-electronic systems of benzene and other conjugated systems; the limitations and significances of the Bronsted coefficients, slopes of Hammett plots, Reactivity-Selectivity Principle, Bell-Evans-Polanyi Principle, etc.; the glass ceiling of multiple bonding in main elements.