Renata Reisfeld's research interests are center on utilization of solar energy and connected topics, theoretical and practical study of sophisticated glasses including luminescent solar concentrators for less expensive photovoltaic electricity, solid state visible lasers, waveguide visible lasers, nonlinear optics, electrochromic glasses, photochromic glasses. She is also engaged in spectroscopy and energy transfer of rare earths and transition metal elements; nanotechnology of quantum dots and noble metal plasmon in glasses.
The scientific part
In 1973 after the Yom Kippur War and the Arab boycott the energy crisis started to be treating of the World. It was a great motivation to Renata to contribute as much as possible to partial solution to the energy crisis and she devoted all her scientific power to the solar energy solution. In her laboratory (which is active also today) she has started her extensive research directed to this goal. In order to reach this goal she started to develop Luminescent Solar Concentrators based on glasses incorporated by chemical species that absorb solar energy and emitted in the concentrated form of small samples of costly photovoltaic cells the outcome of the research efficient fluorescent glasses can be integrated into existing buildings just significantly decreasing the cost of photovoltaic electricity.
While the number of researches her group is minimal there exist a strong international cooperation with leading European countries.
The solution is documented in the large number of publications, lectures and patents. Her scientific carier is listed below.
Appointments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1956 M Sc with distinction
1960 Ph D in Chemistry
1966 Postdoctoral studies (at Oregon State University, USA)
1968 Senior lecturer
1973 Associate Professor
1978 Full Professor
1980 Enrique Berman Chair of Solar Energy at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Honors and Awards
1993 Doctor Honoris Causa from University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France
1998 Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Bucharest, Romania
2005 Professor Honoris Causa from the Polish Academy of Science,
1993 Medal for scientific achievement of Mayor Lyon, France
2010 Gold Medal of the University of Wroclaw, Poland
1960 Prize of the Israeli Chemical Society
1975-98 University of Geneva, Switzerland
1975 University of Tokyo, Japan
1989 Ecole Nationale Superieure de Paris, France
1990 University of Paris Orsay, France
1992 University of Lyon, France
1993 University of South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2000 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
R. Reisfeld and C.K. Jorgensen, Lasers and Excited States of Rare Earths, Springer-Verlag, New-York 1977.
M. Gaft, R. Reisfeld and G. Panczer, "Modern Luminescence Spectroscopy of Minerals", Springer-Verlag, 2005. ISBN: 3-540
List of publications (531 papers and 9 international patents).
231 plenary and invited lectures at international scientific conferences.
Organizing (and co-organizing) and proceedings editing of 10 International scientific conferences.
Editorial Board Membership: Chem. Phys. Lett., Material Science, Ceramic International.