Advancing Technology

Sivan Refaely-Abramson: Harnessing Sunlight for a Cleaner, Greener Future

Dr. Sivan Refaely-Abramson of the Molecular Chemistry and Materials Science department at the Weizmann Institute shares a story about sunlight. She explains how, through the amazing world of materials, the power of the sun can transform quantum particles and be used as a main energy source. 

Dr. Refaely-Abramson’s research in materials science is dedicated to designing intelligent energy conversion in order to consume energy in a way that is clean, green, and unlimited.  

“Understanding materials and the way particles interact within them allows for new and smart ways to harness sunlight, leading us to a cleaner greener future.” 

Dr. Sivan Refaely-Abramson is a materials scientist and incumbent of the Leah Omenn Career Development Chair at the Weizmann Institute. After graduating magna cum laude in 2007 with her BSc from Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Exact Sciences Combined Honors Program, Dr. Refaely-Abramson earned her MSc in 2011 and PhD in 2015 from the Weizmann Institute. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, she joined Weizmann’s Department of Molecular Chemistry and Materials Science in 2018 and received critical support through the Abramson Family Center for Young Scientists. She is a member of the steering committee for the Institute’s Artificial Intelligence Enterprise for Scientific Discovery