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Mechanochemistry is the use of mechanical force to drive chemical reactions. In polymeric materials, mechanical stress can lead to scission of covalent bonds, affecting the molecular weight of the chains and therefore the properties of the material. Our group studies:

  1. New mechanically driven chemical transformations – we design molecules that, when incorporated into polymers, undergo productive chemical reactions under stress.
  2. Design of polymer architectures that conduct mechanical stress to specific points in the polymer chains, creating new materials that are more resistant or susceptible to mechanical stress.
  3. Design of new mechanoresponsive materials, utilizing mechanically driven chemical transformations.
  4. The use of organic chemistry to create new polymer architectures that react to physicochemical stimuli.
  5. The effect of polymer chemistry and architecture on the mechanical properties of materials, i.e., relation between nano (chemistry) and macro (mechanics).
  6. Chemistry of quaternary ammonium salts – chemical stability, chiral properties, catalysis.


Post doc: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2011-2014, doing research in the field of mechanically driven chemical reactions (mechanochemistry)

Ph.D: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2007-2011, on the synthesis of bimetallic complexes and the physical organic chemistry of olefin-metathesis pre-catalysts.

2014 Henry Taub LIST Award
2010 The Ruth and Milton Orchin Prize
2010 The Human and Irene Kreitman Prize
2016 Schulich Teaching Award

Selected publications
  1. Tzur et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47, 6422-6425.
  2. Diesendruck et al. Inorg. Chem., 2009, 48, 10819-10825.
  3. Diesendruck et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 12446-12449
  4. Sudheendran et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 5767-5770
  5. Kaitz et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 12755-12761.
  6. Patrick et al. Adv. Mat., 2014, 26, 4189-4396.
  7. Diesendruck et al. Nat. Chem., 2014, 6, 623-628.
  8. Diesendruck et al. Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 13235-13238
  9. Diesendruck et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 10428-10447
Group members
Name Email Room Phone
Dr. Sinai Aharonovich 308 1533
Nansi Gjineci 308 1533
Or Galant 308 1533
Avishai Levi 308 1533
Iris Melnik 308 1533
Sapir Willdorf-Cohen 308 1533
Kanika Aggarwal 308 1533
Rony Schwarz 308 1533
Oleg Gouli 308 1533
Sally Nijem 308 1533
Alisa Bouketov 308 1533
Barca Donmez 308 1533