Dr. Tamar Goldzak

Tamar Goldzak

I have received my Bsc from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technion. My PhD studies were done under the supervision of Prof. Nimrod Moiseyev in the RBNI program at the Technion. My PhD research is in the field of theoretical Chemistry. We have studied a phenomenon called Interatomic Coulombic Decay (ICD) in a system of two coupled Quantum wells. ICD is an electronic relaxation process which relays on the correlation between electrons.  In this work we have collaborated with the group of Prof. Gad Bahir from the electrical engineering faculty at the Technion. Together we have designed an experiment that will enable to observe this phenomenon in nano-structures for the first time.

During my PhD I have received several prizes, including Jacobs and Fine scholarships, and Shulich excellence prize for PhD students. I have worked as a teaching assistant of several undergraduate courses in the faculty of Chemistry, including all the courses in Quantum Mechanics, and received the Shulich teaching excellence award.

I am moving to Cambridge with my family, including my husband, Neil, and my two children, Yuval and Yarden.

My post-doctoral research will be in the faculty of Chemistry at MIT. The research will be under the supervision of Prof. Van voorhis. My research will focus on theoretical study of electronic excitations in materials. These materials are integrated in organic photovoltaic solar cells and organic light emitting diodes (OLED). The efficiency of such devices is based mainly on light and matter interaction, which causes electronic excitations in these materials. We aim to obtain a microscopic understanding of the electronic processes involved in such devices. These processes, such as charge separation/recombination, energy transfer and excited state bond-making determine the efficiency of harvesting energy in such devices. By achieving the understanding of the mechanism of these processes one can develop new materials and designs for photo-voltaic devices and improve the efficiency of solar-cells. Furthermore, this can serve as a vital tool in understanding electronic processes that occur in semiconductor based devices, such as photovoltaic systems, light emitting diodes and more.