Dr. Tal Schwartz

School of Chemistry
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Dr. Tal Schwartz
Phone: 03-6409883
Fax: 03-6405899
Office: Ornstein - Chemistry, 325


In nature, light and matter are constantly interacting – photons are absorbed or emitted, they induce chemical reactions and drive the transport of charges. When such interactions occur inside a wavelength-scale region confined by a photonic nanostructure they can dramatically change, giving rise to new and exciting effects. In our research we explore artificial structures with which we may achieve complex materials with new properties and control the interaction of light and matter. We focus on several aspects of this theme, which lie at meeting point of chemistry, quantum physics optics and material science:

  • Strong interaction of molecules with light - we investigate the optical properties of organic molecules (dyes) coupled to optical devices, aiming toward understanding quantum many-body processes in such hybrid systems and controlling these interactions. Gaining such control is important for photo-chemistry, light-harvesting and organic light-emitting devices.

  • Optical properties of metallic nanoparticle-clusters - A nanometer-size gold particle has a very distinct color, completely different than the color of bulk gold. The reason is that when we shape a metal over a nanometric scale it supports localized plasmon modes that depend on details such as geometry and size. In our research we explore the assembly of such nanoparticles into well-defined clusters in order to achieve composite materials with new optical properties.


  • PhD, Physics Department, Technion, Israel, 2008

  • B.A., Physics Department, Technion, Israel, 2001

Academic Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 2012-Present

  • Post-doctorate, Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), University of Strasbourg, France, 2008-2012

Awards and Prizes

  • Alon Fellowship for young faculty, Council for Higher Education, Israel, 2013

  • Yad-Hanadiv Rothschild Post-Doctorate Fellowship, 2008

  • Chateaubriand Fellowship, French embassy in Israel, 2008

  • Sir Charles Clore Fellowship for outstanding PhD students, 2005

  • Wolf Prize for excellent PhD students, 2004

  • Special Gutwirth award for outstanding graduate students, 2002

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