Environmental Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Almost all processes in the environment are reigned by physico-chemistry influences. Thus- deep understanding of such influences is essential in order to overcome severe environmental hazards. Prof. Rytwo and his research team had published more than 70 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 10 additional publications as book chapters and peer reviewed compilations. The group has also submitted 9 different patent applications, and during the last 15 years had attracted over 2 million € for research from industrial, and academic funding sources.

Prof. Giora Rytwo


Our research group covers a broad range of issues related to Environmental Physical Chemistry. Among them:

Water and wastewater treatment aspectsWater and wastewater treatment aspects: removal of pollutants, photodegradation and photocatalysis, removal of suspended particles in water and industrial effluents (winery, olive mill, cowshed, dairy). 

  • Clay-organic interactions: analytical aspects and/or applications of organoclays or clay-polymer nanocomposites. 
  • Thermodynamic and kinetics in sorption and desorption processes, including several and extended theoretical aspects. Emphasis on adsorption/desorption model to charged and neutral surfaces, and kinetic calculations.
  • Stabilization and catalyzed degradation of chemicals on colloidal surfaces. Photostabilization, photodegradation, photocatalysis and metachromasy
  • Development of adsorption and filtration techniques, including regeneration of the sorbent.
  • Micrometeorological and other aspects of particulate pollutants in air.
  • Educational applications of aquatic environmental chemistry techniques, and other physical chemistry aspects.Additional applications of clays, organoclays and nanocomposites
  • Additional applications of clays, organoclays and nanocomposites as slow-release or "target delivery" platforms (pesticides, fragrance, fertilizers, proteins, medications, etc.).
  • Development of analytical spectroscopy-based techniques.
  • Cooperation with other discipline teams: research on slow release of vaccines, adsorption of fats, oils and cholesterol, precise agriculture,  irrigation and fertilizing, spectroscopic analysis for agriculture, educational demonstrations, etc.

Principal Researcher

Prof. Giora Rytwo

Prof. Giora Rytwo
Environmental Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Almost all processes in the environment are governed by physico-chemistry influences. Thus- deep understanding of such influences is essential in order to overcome severe environmental hazards. Prof.



Latest Publications

The Effect of Electrolytes on the Photodegradation Kinetics of Caffeine

Rendel, P. and Rytwo, G.
Catalysts 2020, 10, 644

Photodegradation Kinetics of Caffeine, Desalination and Water Treatment

Rendel, P. and Rytwo, G.
Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 173, 231-242

Sepiolite Clay Attenuates the Development of Hypercholesterolemia and Obesity in Mice Fed a High-Fat, High-Cholesterol Diet. Journal of Medicinal Food.

Gutman R., M. Rauch, A. Neuman, H. Khamaisi, A. Jonas-Levi, Y. Konovalovae and G. Rytwo.
Journal of Medicinal Food 2019

Clay-Organic Interfaces for Design of Functional Hybrid Materials, in Rational design of hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces

Aranda, P., Darder, M., Wicklein, B., Rytwo, G., Ruiz-Hitzky

Lab News + Conferences + Seminars

Israeli girl to address Nobel winners
published 11.30.11 ynetnews

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ICL Haifa (F&C) Licenses Technology for Wastewater Treatment from MIGAL Galilee Research Institute
published July 6, 2015  PRNewswire

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