Curriculum Vitae - Professor Assa Lifshitz


            Assa Lifshitz was born in Tel-Aviv in 1933 where he obtained his elementary and high school education.  After his army service (1951 - 1953) he began his higher education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was graduated in chemistry (major) and physics (minor) in 1958 (M. Sc.) and 1961 (Ph. D.).  After two years of postdoctoral studies at Cornell University with Professor S. H. Bauer (1961 - 1963) he joined the Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a member of the Department of Physical Chemistry.  He was appointed Full Professor in 1977.

            Professor Lifshitz was appointed Chairman of the Department of Physical Chemistry at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1979 - 1982 and Chairman of the Institute of Chemistry, in 1982 - 1986.  He was Chairman of the Israeli association of Combustion Research and the Israeli section of the Combustion Institute in 1992 - 1995. He was Chairman of the faculty association of the Hebrew University in 1994 1999 and Chairman of the coordinating council of the faculty associations at the universities in Israel in 1999-2003.

            Professor Lifshitz is a member of the Israel Chemical Society and the Combustion Institute.  He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the biennial symposia on Shock Tubes and Waves, and of the Asian Pacific International Symposia on Combustion and Energy Utilization.  He was a member of the editorial boards of "Progress in Energy and Combustion Science" and International Journal of Chemical Kinetics.  He served as Chairman of the 12th international symposium on Shock Tubes and Waves that was held in Jerusalem in 1979.

            Professor Lifshitz was appointed Visiting Professor at Wright State University, Dayton Ohio (1977) and Brotherton Research Professor at the University of Leeds, England (1986).  He was a visiting scientist at Wright Patterson Air - Force Base, Argonne National Laboratory and Cornell University several times. 

            Among his plenary lectures in international symposia: 1980 - NATO Advanced Study Institute, a symposium on "Fast Reactions in Energetic Systems" (Preveza beach, Greece). 1983 - 14th International Symposium on Shock Tubes and Waves (Sydney, Australia). 1993 - 2nd International Symposium on Combustion and Energy Utilization (Beijin, China)  1996 - MOLEC XI, 11th European Conference on Dynamics of Molecular Collisions (Nyborg, Denmark).  Four plenary lectures in the annual meetings of the Israeli section of the Combustion Institute.

            Professor Lifshitz's research interests are centered around the study of high temperature gas phase reactions using shock tube techniques, and computer simulation of complex reaction systems.  He is also engaged in quantum chemical calculations of potential energy surfaces, reaction pathways, transition state theory calculations, intersystem crossing etc... He has published numerous articles on high temperature combustion processes and the chemical kinetics mechanisms of thermal isomerizations, decompositions, ignitions and explosions. 

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