Professor Chaim Sukenik

Professor Chaim Sukenik grew up in Miami Beach, Florida and studied at Yeshiva University (BA 1972) and at Cal Tech (PhD 1976). After a year as an NSF postdoctoral fellow at UCLA, he joined Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) as a Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. After stints in Israel as an NIH Career Awardee (‘84-‘85) and as a Fulbright Fellow (‘92-‘93), he made Aliyah (1995), joining the Chemistry Department of Bar-Ilan University (BIU). At BIU, he helped establish the Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials and held the Edward and Judy Steinberg Chair in Nanotechnology. Sukenik chaired the BIU Chemistry Department and was Dean of Exact Sciences. He was cited by the Israeli Government in 2014 as one of the most influential olim of the preceding 25 years. His research on interfacial chemistry and nanoscale assemblies has led to new aerospace materials and to new ways to prevent biofouling of medical devices. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers and 12 patent applications, while supervising over 60 M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. He has delivered over 300 invited lectures in prestigious national and international forums. Since his appointment as JCT’s 6th president in 2013, Prof. Sukenik has established himself as a vocal advocate for the central importance of Torah and academic excellence in the modern State of Israel.