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Nanoscience and Supramolecular Chemistry

Rafal Klajn will join ISTA in August 2023.

Klajn Group

Chemistry in confined spaces, Self-assembly at the nanoscale, Stimuli-responsive materials

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Open Positions

Multiple PhD student and postdoc positions are available! 
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Current Projects

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Starting 2023 Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2021–2023 Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science 
2016–2020 Associate Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science
2009–2015 Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Weizmann Institute of Science 
2004–2009 PhD studies, Northwestern University
2001–2004 BSc & MSc studies, University of Warsaw

Selected Distinctions

2024 Chair, Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Systems Chemistry
2023 Chair, Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Self-Assembly & Supramolecular Chemistry 
2021 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in Israel
2019 Sigma-Aldrich Lectureship in Materials Science
2019 New Horizons Solvay Lectureship in Chemistry
2019 Award for Research Cooperation and High Excellence in Science (ARCHES)
2018 Cram-Lehn-Pedersen Prize in Supramolecular Chemistry
2018 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
2017 Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship
2017 Distinguished Lectureship Award in Photochemistry (Chemical Society of Japan)
2016 Netherlands Scholar Award for Supramolecular Chemistry
2015 Israel Chemical Society Prize for Outstanding Young Scientists
2015 Liebig Lectureship (German Chemical Society)
2015 Chair, Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Artificial Molecular Switches & Motors
2013 European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant
2013 Victor K. LaMer Award (American Chemical Society)
2010 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists

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