Senior Lecturer - Department of Biotechnology
Room 220, Building 39
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Phone: +972-8-6472400 ; Fax: +972- 8- 6472983
Amir Berman was born in Haifa in 1956. He studied Soil Sciences in the
Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Rehovot)
and received his B.Sc. in 1983. He then moved to the Weizmann Institute
of Science and received his M.Sc (1987) and Ph.D (1992) in the field
of Biomineralization in L. Addadi and S. Weiner group, studying the
biogenic control on crystal texture (crystallites size and angular spread)
by intracrystalline proteins in various marine organisms skeletal parts.
From 1993 until 1996 he conducted postdoctoral research with G. Somorjai
and Deborah Charych in the Surface Science and Catalysis group in the
Center of Advanced Materials, LBNL, UC Berkeley, where he studied biomimetic
mineral formation of artificial surfaces prepared by Langmuir monolayers.
AB joined the Unit of Biotechnology (since 2000- the Dept. of Biotechnology
Eng.) in BGU on 1997.
AB present research interests include biomineralization, biomimetic
surfaces, Langmuir films, specific biomolecular surface recognition,
lung surfactants, template directed crystal and semiconductor nanoparticles
nucleation on surfaces and polyconjugated monolayer films and their
molecular electronics properties.
(1) Berman A., Ahn D.J., Lio A., Salmeron M., Reichert A. and Charych
D. (1995). Total Alignment of Calcite at Acidic Polydiacetylene Films:
Cooperativity at the Organic-Inorganic Interface. Science, 269 pp. 515.
(2) Berman, A. and Charych, D. (1999). Uniaxial Alignment of Cadmium
Sulfide on Polymerized Films: Electron Microscopy and Diffraction Study.
Adv. Mater 11 No. 4, 296-300.
(3) Gaboriaud F., Golan R., Volinsky R., Berman A. and Jelinek R.
(2001). Organization and Structural Properties
of Langmuir Films of Conjugated Polydiacetylene and Phospholipids
Langmuir 17(12); 3651-3657. (* corresponding authors)
(4) Cohen M., Regev O. and Berman A. (2002). Catanionic vesicle-PEG-lipid
system: Langmuir film and phase diagram study Langmuir 18 (15): 5681-5686
(5) Volinsky R., Gaboriaud F., Berman A., and Jelinek R. (2002). Morphology
and Organization of Phospholipid/Diacetylene Langmuir Films Studied
by Brewster Angle Microscopy and Fluorescence Microscopy J. Phys Chem.B
106 (36): 9231-9236 (*corresponding authors).
(6) Belman, N., Golan Y. and Berman A. (2003). Oriented nucleation
and alignment of lead sulfide on conjugated polymer monolayer Langmuir;
(7) Chen, J. and Berman, A. (2004)
Formation of nucleotide base-pairs at the interface of polydiacetylene
cytosine derivatized monolayer Nanotechnology, 15, S303
(8) Belman N., Berman A., Ezersky V., Lifshitz Y. and Golan Y. (2004).
Transmission Electron Microscopy of Epitaxial PbS Nanocrystals on Polydiacetylene
Langmuir Films Nanotechnology, 15, S316
(9) Volinsky R., Kolusheva S., Berman A., Jelinek R. (2004) Microscopic
Visualization of Alamethicin Incorporation into Model Membrane Monolayers.
Langmuir; 20(25); 11084-11091.
(10) Belman N., Golan Y. and Berman A. (2005) Nanocrystalline Ag2S
on Polydiacetylene Langmuir Films Crystal Growth and Design 5(2) pp
439 - 443. Web Release Date: 08-Oct-2004; DOI: 10.1021/cg049752l
(11) Berman, A., Golan, Y. and Konovalov O. (2005). GIXD Studies of
Oriented Nucleation of Semiconductor Nanoparticles on Polyconjugated
Monolayers at the Air-Solution Interface. ESRF Highlights (Invited paper).
(12) Gross, T., Zmora, E., Levi-Kalisman, Y., Regev, O. and Berman,
A. Lung-surfactant - Meconium Interaction: In-vitro Study in Bulk and
Air-Solution Interface (Accepted for publication in Langmuir).