The Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

7|Former group members

Lab manager since September 2019 until February 2022. Kalanit received her BSc in Biotechnology Engineering from Ort Braude College, Israel, in 2011. In 2012 she joined Dganit Danino lab at the faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion as MSc student. Later, in 2014 she transferred to the direct PhD track. Kalanit research focused on the characterization of the interactions between proteins and biological membranes.
Dr. Uri Ash is a process engineer with Polygreen Group LTD since October 2019, developing renewable, super absorbant polymers. He has been the lab manager and senior researcher with TEEM, 2016-2019. Dr. Ash has graduated (2008) from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Technion as a Biochemical Engineer, and continued to a PhD in the direct (Special) course of study (2013). He has been an associated researcher as a postdoc at the Professorship of Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich prior to joining TEEM.  
Dr. Meirav Mann-Lahav A Research Associate with a strong background  in materials characterizing, experiments planning, research and development with a Ph.D focused in porous ceramics materials for elevated temperatures from the Technion. Was member of Dario's team from October 2017 to January 2020.
Dr. Elena S. Davydova has received her diploma with honors in the Department of Electrochemical Technologies, Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia in 2010. She has done her PhD with Prof. M.R. Tarasevich in Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). In 2014-2016, Elena worked in Joint Institute for High Temperatures RAS as senior researcher. In 2016-2019, she joined the TEEM group of Prof. Dario R. Dekel in Chemical Engineering Department, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.  
Nansi obtained her degree in Chemical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece. She did her master research investigating the effect of ionic liquids on the separation of azeotropic mixtures under the supervision of Professor Epaminondas Voutsas in 2015. From October 2016 to February 2021, Nansi has joined the groups of Professor Charles DIesendruck in Schulich Faculty of Chemistry and Dario Dekel in Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering in a joint project as a PhD student. Nansi has worked on the development and testing of novel functional groups and ionomers for alkaline fuel cell applications.
Avital Zhegur received her B.Sc. from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology in 2018. Avital joined Prof. Dekel's group in October 2017, during her B.Sc. research project on stability studies of anion exchange membrane for advanced fuel cells. At October 2018 Avital started her master studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Dekel and graduated in 2019.
Dr. Reuven Gal-Ed received his PhD in combustion engineering from the School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (1988). He has joined the group on July 2017 and retired on November 2020.  
Gila received her BA in Business Administration from Ruppin Academic Center in 1999. In 2018-2020, Gila joined the TEEM group of Prof. Dario Dekel in chemical engineering at the Technion as an administrative manager.
Dr. Mamta Kumari has received her PhD from Homi Bhabha National institute, Bhabha atomic research center, Mumbai, India in 2018. She has expertise in synthesis and characterization of polymer electrolyte membranes (cation exchange membranes and anion exchange membranes), Modification of membrane's properties by varying membranes structure at microscopic level, Fuel cell etc. She joined Prof. Dario Dekel's group from December 2018 until December 2020 as Post-Doctoral Fellow. In Prof. Dekel's group she worked on the development of anion exchange membranes for fuel cell and another electrochemical applications.
Israel received his BSc with honors, in 2005 from the Technion, faculty of Chemical Engineering. Worked for two years, 2006-2008, as an associate Researcher in the IMG4 MAGNET project, Technion R&D. Worked for five years, 2009-2013, as a pilot engineer/project manager at IMI TAMI - ICL (Israel chemicals limited) institute for R&D. Managing multiple R&D projects in the fields of biocides, pharma, process scaleup of novel flame retardants, simulation of mixing, and reaction calorimetry. Received his MSc in 2016, on the subject of “Evaluation of Protein-Imprinted Hydrogel Performance Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation”. Since 2016 until 2020 he worked on his