Emily ELHACHAM, Research Associate in Chemistry (Israel)

Emily Elhacham is a scientist in the areas of chemistry, nanotechnology and bioengineering. Her work involves the development of sensing and detection technologies, and her focus is on remote sensing and in situ nanosystems.


Research focus: developing and using sensing technologies and Systems

Living in the age of urbanisation, it is important for society to find solutions to the threats that are putting the whole global ecosystem in danger. One of the main consequences of urbanisation has been pollution, which affects different species and is not limited to a single medium. Instead, it negatively impacts the quality of air and water as well as the ability of living organisms to flourish. For that reason, pollution related issues require an interdisciplinary approach. One of the biggest challenges that must be addressed is the lack of real-time monitoring and sensing systems, which could prevent both pollution and environmental damage by identifying these things in their early stages.

Elhacham, a research associate from Tel Aviv University in Israel, believes that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary in order to better address the current issues with regard to pollution monitoring. Over the past ten years, she has been developing and using monitoring and detection systems from nanosystems to satellite remote sensing. Elhacham has applied those systems to address and further investigate water pollution and air pollution as well as new aspects of molecule detection.

Her past experience includes several international awards, like the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Sweden and the Research Science Institute Fellowship in the USA. She worked as a research student at the California Institute of Technology and at Tel Aviv University. She also has an extensive list of scientific publications. In the future, Elhacham aims to collaborate with other scientists to develop and implement specific solutions to make our planet a greener and healthier place.

The jury was impressed by Elhacham’s work to find solutions to such a broad issue. Pollution affects all aspects of the environment, and her work is the key to finding ways to detect it early on.