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

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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.

Principle Researcher

Prof. Giora Rytwo

Prof. Giora Rytwo
Environmental Physical Chemistry Laboratory
972-54-7768440

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.

Team

Or Litig

A third year B.Sc. student at the Enviromental Sciences Dept in Tel Hai College, studying flocculation of OMW using nanocomposites.
Technician

Shai Dror

A third year B.Sc. student at the Biotechnology Sciences Dept in Tel Hai College, studying Heat Transfer thorough walls and matrices.
Technician

Elad Israel

M.Sc research student on Photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals. Interested in environment pollution effects, especially at soils

Chen Barak

Computer Science and Mechatronics Teacher at Emek-HaHula Regional School Mentor of Galileo FIRST Robotics Team
M.Sc research student

Funding

Latest Publications

Photodegradation Kinetics of Caffeine, Desalination and Water Treatment

Rendel, P. and Rytwo, G.
Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 173, 231-242
2020

The Effect of Electrolytes on the Photodegradation Kinetics of Caffeine.

Rendel, P.M., Rytwo, G.
Catal. 2020, Vol. 10, Page 644 10, 644
2020

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
2019

Securing the future: Clay based solutions for a comprehensive and sustainable potable water supply system

Rytwo, G.
Clays and Clay Minerals 2018 Volume 66 Issue 4 Pages 315-328
2018