Noy Nehmad 2021-2022

Institution of PhD:
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Academic Discipline of PhD:
PhD Advisor/s:
Prof. Gabriel Lemcoff
Dissertation Topic:
Influence of Anionic Ligands in Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts
Present Institution:
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Present Academic Position:
PhD student

Noy Nechmad was born in 1992 and raised in Shoham, Israel. From a young age, she was curious about how the world works,from simple questions like why is the grass green? and why does rain fall? to more profound questions about life and its evolution. To fulfill her curiosity and desire for knowledge, she decided to study the central science, chemistry, at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. After finishing her undergraduate studies in the Chemistry Department, Noy continued her graduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Gabriel Lemcoff.


Noy’s research is focused on organometallic chemistry and catalysis. One of her main breakthroughs was the synthesis and discovery of new iodine-containing ruthenium catalysts with singular and outstanding activity. Her work has brought to the scientific community novel methods to prepare organic molecules by rearranging carbon-carbon double bonds by new specific pathways. Her PhD studies are currently focused on finding new methods to produce useful molecules and novel polymer research using her catalysts. For example, she is working on an amazing procedure to depolymerize a polymer back to its original building blocks.  For now, just beginning the journey, she wishes to complete the cycle and find a way to use and reuse polymers to help solve one of the serious pollution problems that our world faces today. Noy’s curiosity about the world around her has helped her to create new knowledge, which she now shares by publishing her research work in the top chemistry journals and in by mentoring younger students and transmitting to them her passion for chemistry.