Prof Yoel Sasson

Professor, Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry
Givat Ram
PH: 972 (2) 6584530
Email: [email protected]


Yoel Sasson is a Lester Aronberg Professor of Applied Chemistry in the Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Born in 1946, Sasson has completed all his academic education in the Hebrew University. He was awarded both his M.Sc. (1970) and Ph.D. degrees with distinction (Summa Cum Laude) under the supervision of Prof. J. Blum, working on transition metal catalysts.

After assuming two postdoctoral positions in Canada and the US, he returned to the Hebrew University as a lecturer (1976) in Applied Chemistry. He became associate professor in 1983, professor (1988), and in 1991 was appointed to the Lester Aronberg Chair in Applied Chemistry.

Prof. Sasson served on several academic duties, including as director of the Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry (1987-1993). He assumed various directing and consulting positions in the chemical industry, and spent 11 years as Vice President of R&D at Makhteshim Chemical Works (1994-2005).

His current research interest is Process and Environmental Catalysis. The goal is to employ the vast expertise gained over the years in multiphase and phase-transfer catalysis in the crucial field of Green Chemistry. A wide variety of topics is adressed, from removal of contaminants in exhaust gases, to increasing the efficiency of jet fuels. Along with improving existing technologies in the spirit of Cleantech, the fuels of tomorrow are brought to life in the Sasson laboratory: efficient carriers for hydrogen, clean gases for microturbine operation, and more.

Major Publications

Author of 190 scientific papers, inventor of 23 patents and editor of the "Handbook of Phase Transfer Catalysis" published by Chapman and Hall, London 1997.

  • Palladium Catalyzed Coupling of Haloaryls in a Liquid-Solid System Using Alcohols as Reducing Agents in the Presence of Phase Transfer Agents.
    D. Gitis, G. Rothenberg, S. Mukhopadhyay, M. Orchin and Y. Sasson
    53rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Region of the American Chemical Society Hosted by the Coastal Empire Section of the ACS at Savannah, Georgia September 23 - 26, 2001.  Abstract number 455, page 224
  • Ship Ballast Wtaer Treatment: The Closed Loop Option
    P.l Brodie, E.R. Blatchley, M. Balcer, Y. Sasson, I. Kreisel, D. Sorek, N. Shimron, B. Cairns and R. Braun.
    12th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, June 9 to 12, 2003, Windsor, Ontario.  
  • From Green to Sustainable Chemical Industry: Challenges and Opportunities
    Y. Sasson
    IIChE2003, The 39th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Institute of Chemical Engineering, Tel Aviv,  June 19,  2003 (Keynote Presentation)
  • Air Oxidation of Benzene to Biphenyl- A Dual Catalytic Approach
    S. Mukhopadhyay, G. Rothenberg and Y. Sasson
    Abstr. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc. 223: 035-CATL Part 1 APR 7 2002
  • Highly Selective Pd-Catalyzed reductive Coupling of Substituted Haloaryls aith Supported Phase Transfer Catalyst Using Zn as the Reducing Agent 
    S. Mukhopadhyay, N. Qafisheh and Y. Sasson
    Abstr. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc. 224: 032-IEC Part 1 AUG 18 2002

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