Itamar Willner is a Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a chemist. He earned his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
His research interests are broad. He has studied molecular self-assembly, electronics and photophysics of nanoparticles and quantum dots, optobioelectronics, artificial photosynthesis, supramolecular chemistry, nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, photoinduced electron transfer and more.
He has published more than 700 papers and holds 30 patents. His most recent publications have been Rational Design of Supramolecular Hemin-G-Quadruplex- Dopamine Aptamer Nucleoapzyme Systems with Superior Catalytic Performance and Application of the Hybridization Chain Reaction on Electrodes for the Amplified and Multiplexed Electrochemical Analysis of DNA.
Willner has been honored with numerous prestigious awards, including the Max Planck Research Award for International Cooperation, the Klachky Family Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science, and was named one of the World’s Most Highly Cited and Influential Scientific Minds in both 2014 and 2015.
He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
His current research group is working on DNA machines for biosensing, biomolecule-based computing, and functional polymers.
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