Professor Noam Eliaz
Professor Noam Eliaz
is a full professor, Director of the Biomaterials and Corrosion Laboratory, and the founding Chair of the
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
(DMSE) at Tel Aviv University (TAU). He earned a B.Sc. degree in Materials
Engineering, an M.B.A degree, and a Ph.D. degree (direct track) in Materials
Engineering, all cum laude from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
(BGU). Being in the Academic Reserve, he served for three years as a
Metallurgical Laboratory officer at the Israel Air Force (IAF,
currently holds the rank Major in reserve).
While serving in the IAF, Eliaz was involved in two projects that were
selected in 2010
as having the 2nd and 3rd highest impact on the IAF among all
engineering projects carried out in the materials area over the past 60
years. Prior to joining TAU, he was a Fulbright and Rothschild Fellow at
Prof. Eliaz's research is interdisciplinary and combines basic scientific
research with applied research and development. Examples include: (1)
development of novel electrochemically-deposited hydroxyapatite coatings for
orthopedic and dental implants; (2) the use of Bio-Ferrography for
diagnosing osteoarthritis or cancer, determining the efficacy of drug
treatments, and monitoring the wear of artificial joints; (3) study of
corrosion in different environments (from aircraft and space to the human
body); (4) development of functional electrochemical coatings (e.g.
rhenium coatings that are resistant at high temperatures and in aggressive
environments for aircraft, aerospace and catalysis applications); and (5)
failure analysis. The products of his research are being used in defense
organizations and implant companies. As the Chief Scientist of a dental
implants manufacturer, he is currently leading a process of scaling-up a
hydroxyapatite coating that he developed at TAU.
He is currently a member of MRS, ECS, ISE, NACE International, and the
Society for Biomaterials.
Eliaz has published over 390 research publications, including 109
manuscripts in refereed journals, 3 edited
books, 7 book chapters, and 43 Plenary and Invited talks at international
conferences. He was the editor of a double volume of Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry (Springer) on
Applications of Electrochemistry and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine, as well as a book on Degradation of Implant Materials
(Springer). His papers are well cited, with over 3,800 citations and h-index
of 33 according to
Since 2005 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of
one of the best journals dedicated to corrosion. He has won numerous awards
Eliaz has demonstrated academic and scientific leadership in Israel
and abroad. He has served
as chair and member of numerous committees (see below). He is recognized as the leader of the development of the
materials discipline at TAU. For example,
he was one of the designers and the founding
Head of the Materials and Nanotechnologies graduate (M.Sc. & Ph.D.)
program, which was managed jointly by the Faculties of Engineering, Exact
Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine, and The Center for Nanoscience &
Nanotechnology. He led the submission of this program to the approval of the
Israel Council of Higher Education (CHE). He also led the design and
submission to the approval of the CHE of the dual-degree undergraduate
program in Materials Science and Engineering and in Chemistry.
He was the Chairman of the 14th Israel Materials Engineering Conference
(IMEC–14), the largest materials engineering
conference ever held in Israel, and the first in the IMEC series to be held
at TAU. He also co-chaired with Prof. David Seidman the
First and the
Second Northwestern University (NU)/TAU joint workshops, held at TAU and
Eliaz has advised 8 Ph.D. students, 5
postdoctoral scholars (3 of whom currently hold faculty positions in Israel,
India and China), 4 visiting scientists, 24 M.Sc. students and 13 B.Sc.
students. His group members have garnered prestigious accolades including
the Israel Defense Prize, the Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation (Israeli
military decoration), the Israel Atomic Energy Commission best poster award,
the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology scholarship for the promotion
of excellent female graduate students in science, a Fulbright post-doctoral
scholarship, best oral and poster presentations at international
conferences, and many more.
Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF). He was also
appointed as a member of the review committee for postdoctoral scholars in
sciences and engineering (2015-2018) of the
Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships
program, managed by The United States–Israel Educational Foundation
(USIEF). Since 2010 he has been serving
In 2015, Eliaz was elected to the The Israel Young Academy,
which was founded by The
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In January 2017 he was
appointed by Israel's Minister of Science, Technology, and Space as a member
Governing Board of
as a member of the Academic Council of the
Azrieli College of Engineering Jerusalem.
Since 2014 he has served as a representative of the Faculty of Engineering
in the Small Senate of TAU (elected), and in 2016-7 he has been serving as
an academic member of the Board of Governors annual meeting (elected by the
Senate of TAU). He has been a member of the experts committee that issued
the report recommending the removal of the ammonia tank from the Haifa Bay.
Prof. Eliaz is an 8th generation Israeli. He is married to Billie
and the proud father of Ofri, Shahaf and Shalev.
||Ph.D. in Materials Engineering (direct-track program), BGU (summa cum laude).
Doctoral dissertation: Hydrogen interaction with amorphous and
Honors: Eshkol Scholarship for Scientific Infrastructures (The Israel
Ministry of Science) & BGU's
Provost Prize (given once a year to one outstanding Ph.D. student in the
M.B.A., BGU (magna
B.Sc. in Materials Engineering (Academic Reserve), BGU (magna cum laude).
Engineering project: Modeling hydrogen diffusion and trapping around helium
bubbles in First-
Wall materials in nuclear reactors.
Honors: Best departmental engineering project.
Academic and Professional Experience
School of Mechanical Engineering
(formerly: Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and
Systems): Senior Lecturer 1/10/2001-30/6/2008 (tenure awarded 1/4/2006);
1/7/2008-30/4/2012; (Full) Professor 1/5/2012-31/7/2013.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering:
Full Professor & Founding Chair since
Northwestern University (IL, USA).
Eshbach Visiting Professor (on sabbatical leave), Department of Materials
Engineering, hosts: Professors David N. Seidman and David C. Dunand.
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
JSPS Visiting Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering.
MIT (MA, USA).
Visiting Scientist, H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Lab, Department of Materials
Science and Engineering.
Postdoctoral Fulbright and Rothschild Fellow, H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Lab,
Materials Science and Engineering, advisor: Prof. Ronald M. Latanision.
Metallurgical Laboratory officer.
Professional Societies and Organizations
(selected list of nominations)
International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), Israel
Regional Representative (elected).
NACE International, Chairman – TEG 186X committee on
Environmentally Assisted Cracking.
The Standards Institution of Israel, Chairman – Central
Committee 300 for Chemistry
The Israel Section of NACE International, Chairman.
Invitation to contribute an article to
ASM Handbook, Vol. 18: Friction, Lubrication, and Wear
Technology (ASM International, OH).
The ASM Handbook is the single most important reference work in the area of
engineering. Eliaz seems to be the first Israeli resident to ever contribute
an article to the ASM
Elected Member, The Israel Young
Technical Achievement Award, NACE International.
Citation: “For outstanding achievements in corrosion research, engineering
and education, with
key contributions in electrodeposition of special materials, biomaterials
corrosion, and failure
analysis in the aircraft, space, medical device, nuclear power generation,
and naval industries”
(the only Israeli recipient of this honor so far).
Eshbach Visiting Scholar, McCormick School of Engineering and
Applied Science, NU.
This program supports “short visits of distinguished visitors from industry
or academia to the
McCormick School (1-2 scholars are appointed each year).”
Fellow, NACE International (the only Israeli Fellow so far).
Two projects to which Eliaz contributed were selected as having the
and 3rd highest impact
on the Israel Air Force among all engineering projects carried out in the
materials area during
These projects were the use of ferrography in condition monitoring and
failure analysis of F-16
Herbert H. Uhlig Award, NACE International (the first Israeli to receive
this or any other
NACE International award).
Fellow, The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
T.P. Hoar Award for the best paper published in the journal Corrosion
Science during 2001.
The Institute of Corrosion and Pergamon.
David scholarship for young researchers (TAU).
and Rothschild postdoctoral fellowships (the only materials engineer
to receive both).