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Senior Scientist, head of the AES/XPS Laboratory

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Larisa Burstein received her first M. Sc. Degree in Radio Communication & Broadcasting in 1975, graduating from the Moscow Telecommunication Institute, Moscow, Russia. From 1975 to 1980 she was holding engineering positions at the Central Communication Design Office of the Ministry of Telecommunication and the Automatic Telephone Network Center, Moscow, Russia.

After repatriating to Israel in 1980, Larisa Burstein studied for her second M. Sc. Degree in Microelectronics, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.   She was working on her M. Sc. Thesis on MOS devices in mercury-cadmium-telluride in the Kidron Microelectronics Research Center, Technion, under the supervision of Prof. Yael Nemirovsky. She got her second M. Sc. Degree in 1984.

 Larisa Burstein received her Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1992, where she worked with her supervisor, Prof. Yoram Shapira, on properties of III-V semiconductor-metal interfaces.  In the period of her Ph.D. research she was invited to France Telecom (CNET), Grenoble, France, where she participated in characterization of SiGe/Si heterostructers by means of infra-red spectroscopy, optical and scanning electron microscopy, ellipsometry and    electrical measurements. She was awarded by the Israel Vacuum Society for the best article and oral presentation (1991) and for the best poster presentation (1994).

In 1990-1994 Dr. Larisa Burstein received the Scholarship of the Pikovski-Valazzi Foundation and the Scholarship of the Eshkol Foundation, awarded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, which she spent being a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Physical Electronics, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Till 1995 Dr. Burstein was involved in materials processing and characterization, including such structures as metal/InP, metal/GaAs, Cu/CdS, CdTe, InAlAs, InGaAs, InGaAsP, CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se2,  GaN, porous-Si, and SiGe/Si. In 1995 Dr. Burstein was offered a position as a Senior Scientist and a Head of the AES/XPS Laboratory at the Wolfson Applied Materials Research Centre, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

From the period of her Degree studies and up to now Dr. Larisa Burstein has been deeply involved in teaching graduate students, giving lectures and seminars in such fields as Semiconductor Devices and Microelectronics, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Modern Methods of Material Analysis. She has co-authored over 70 papers and a book chapter as well as numerous conference publications. During her present occupation Dr. Burstein has been participating as an active researcher and a co-author in an number of projects:

  • Thermal stability of Pt Schottky contacts to 4H-SiC
  • Surface oxidation study in GaN layers
  • Characterization of cathode, anode and electrolyte materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries
  • Intensive SEI (Solid Electrolyte Interphase) monitoring
  • Characterization of diamond-like carbon materials
  • Cu metallization on Si and Co(WP) diffusion barriers
  • Investigation of surfactant coating on magnetic nanoparticles
  • Characterization of hydroxyapatite coating and its derivatives
  • Nanoscale Re-Ni coatings on functionalized SiO2 substrates
  • Study of core-shell nano-systems
  • Various SAM (Self-Assembly Monolayer) structures investigation, as for example,  self-assembly of amine-terminated layers on a transistor gate-dielectrics or thiol- and dithiol-based nanostructures
  •  Study of functional interfaces of biomolecules and inorganic substrates




List of Publications

72.  “High-Temperature Treatment of Li-Rich Cathode Materials with Ammonia: Improved Capacity and Mean Voltage Stability during Cycling” 

Advance Energy Materials, 2017,7, 1700708  

Evan M. Erickson, Hadar Sclar, Florian Schipper, Jing Liu, Ruiyuan Tian, Chandan Ghanty, L. Burstein, Nicole Leifer, Judith Grinblat, Michael Talianker, Ji-Yong Shin, Jordan K. Lampert, Boris Markovsky, Anatoly I. Frenkel, and Doron Aurbach.


71.  “Increasing Durability of Ir-based, Pt-Surface-Enriched Catalyst by Multi-Step Deposition of Platinum”

Submitted to J.  Power Sources (2017)   

D. Kaplan, M. Goor, L. Burstein, I. Popov, and E. Peled.


70.  “A Layered 2D Triaminoguanidine-Glyoxal Polymer and its Transition Metal Complexes, as Novel Insensitive Energetic Nanomaterials” 

J. Mater. Chem. A, 4, 18401-18408 (2016),

Qi-long Yan, Adva Cohen, Ajay K. Chinnam, Natan Petrutik, Avital Shlomovich, Larisa Burstein, Michael Gozin.


69.  “Highly Thermostable and Insensitive Energetic Hybrid Coordination Polymers Based on Graphene Oxide-Cu(II) Complex”

Chem. Mater., 28, 6118-6126 (2016)

Adva Cohen, Yu-Zhang Yang, Qi-long Yan, Avital Shlomovich, Natan Petrutik, Larisa Burstein, Si-Ping Pang, Michael Gozin.


68.  “The search for a solid electrolyte, as a polysulfide barrier, for lithium/sulfur batteries”

J. Solid State Electrochem., 20, 3393-3404 (2016),

R. Blanga, M. Goor, L. Burstein, Yu. Rosenberg, A. Gladkich, D. Logvinuk, I. Shechtman, D. Golodnitsky.


67.  “The Effect of Different Pt:Ru Surface Composition on Methanol-Oxidation Activity of Carbon-Suppoted PtRu/IrNi Catalysts”

J. Electrochem. Soc., 163 (9), F1004-F1010 (2016),

D. Kaplan, L. Burstein, I. Popov, and E. Peled.


66.  “Highly Insensitive and Thermostable Energetic Coordination Nanomaterials Based on Functionalized Graphene Oxides”

J. Mater. Chem. A, 4, 9941-9948 (2016), 

Qi-long Yan, Adva Cohen, Natan Petrutik, Avital Shlomovich, Larisa Burstein, Si-Ping Pang, Michael Gozin.


65.  “Characterization of Re-Ni Films after the Initial Stages of Electrodeposition”

J. Electrochem. Soc., 163 (7), D295-D299 (2016),

O. Berkh, L.  Burstein, A. Gladkikh, N. Eliaz, and, E. Gileadi.


64.  “Comparison of iridium- and ruthenium-based, Pt-surface-enriched, nanosize catalysts for the oxygen-reduction”

J.  Power Sources, 306, 219 (2016)

Dima Kaplan, Svetlana Tsizin, Meital Alon, Larisa Burstein, Yuri Rosenberg, Inna Popov, Emanuel Peled.


63.  “Advanced Multiphase Silicon-Based Anodes for High-Energy-Density Li-ION Batteries”

J. Electrochem. Soc., 162 (6), A1072-A1079 (2015),

K. Goldshtein, K. Freedman, D. Schneier, L.  Burstein, V. Ezersky, E. Peled and

D. Golodnitsky.


62.  “Growth study of nanoscale Re-Ni coatings on functionalized SiO2 using electroless plating”  

Applied Surface Science, 313, 159 (2014),

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61.  “Hydroxyapatite coatings electrodeposited at near-physiological conditions,

Materials Letters, 119, 24 (2014)”

N. Metoki, L. Leifenberg-Kuznits, W. Kopelovich,  L.  Burstein, M. Gozin, N. Eliaz.


60.  “Study of Polymer Electrolytes with Grafted Au-Fe2O3 Nanoparticles”

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39, 2909 (2014) 

Keren Goldshtein, Diana Golodnitsky, Yossi Lareah, Larisa Burstein, Emanuel Peled.


59.  “Structural and Optical Characteristics of Filtered Vacuum Arc Deposited N:TiOx

Thin Films”

Thin Solid Films, 537,28 (2013),                                              

Eda Cetinorgu-Goldenberg, Larisa  Burstein, Ines Chayun-Zucke, Rudi Avni, Raymond L Boxman.


58.  “Challenges and Obstacles in the Development of Sodium-Air Batteries”

J.  Power Sources, 244, 771 (2013)

Emanuel Peled, Diana Golodnitsky, Roni Hadar, Hadar Mazor, Meital Goor,  Larisa Burstein.


57.  “Biorecognition Layer Engineering: Overcoming Screening Limitations of Nanowire-Based FET Devices” 

Nano Letters, 12, 5245 (2012),

Roey Elnathan, Moria Kwiat, Alexander Pevzner Yoni Engel, Larisa Burstein, Artium Khatchatouriants, Amir Lichtenstein, Raisa Kantaev, and Fernando Patolsky.


56.  “Surface-modified reusable gold electrode for detection of dissolved oxygen”

J. Appl.  Electrochem., 42, 491 (2012),

O. Berkh, L. Burstein, Y. Shacham-Diamand and E. Gileadi.


55.  “Non-covalent Monolayer-Piercing Anchoring of Lipophilic Nucleic Acids: Preparation, Characterization, and Sensing Applications”

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 280 (2012),

Moria Kwiat, Roey Elnathan, Minseok Kwak, Jan Willem de Vries, Alexander Pevzner, Yoni Engel, Larisa Burstein, Artium Khatchatouriants, Amir Lichtenstein, Eli Flaxer, Andreas Herrmann, and Fernando Patolsky.


54.  “Electrophoretic deposition of lithium iron phosphate cathode for thin-film 3D-microbatteries” 

J. Power Sources, 198, 264 (2012),

H. Mazor, D. Golodnitsky, L. Burstein, A. Gladkich, E. Peled.


53.  “Molecular grating of transistors by amine-terminated layers”

Appl. Sur. Sci., 258, 4069 (2012),

D. Shaya, I. Amit, H. Einati,  L. Burstein, Y. Shacham-Diamand, Y. Rosenwaks.


52.  “Comparison of methanol and ethylene glycol oxidation by alloy and Core-Shell platinum based catalysts” 

J. Power Sources, 196, 8286 (2011),

D. Kaplan, M. Alon L. Burstein, E. Peled.


51.  “The Chemical and Electrochemical Activity of Citrate on Pt Electrodes”  

J. Electrochem. Soc., 158 (6) F85-F91 (2011),

O. Berkh, L. Burstein, Y. Shacham-Diamand and E. Gileadi.


50.  “Study of core-shell platinum-based catalyst for methanol and ethylene glycol oxidation”

J. Power Sources, 196, 1078 (2011),

D. Kaplan, M. Alon L. Burstein, E. Peled.


49.  “Direct Experimental Support for the Catalitic Effect of Iron-Group Metals on     Electrodeposition of Rhenium”

Electrochem. and Solid-state Lett., 13 (12) D91-D93 (2010),

Adi Naor, Noam Eliaz, Larisa Burstein and Elieizer Gileadi.


48.  “Fabrication of flexible microelectrodes using cold HV sputtering,”

J. Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, 12, 1176 (2010),

O. Berkh, A. Inberg, B. Sorokov, N. Fishelson, R. Ofek Almog, L. Burstein, Y. Shacham-Diamand.


47.  “X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of nano-multilayered Zr-O/|Al-O coatings deposited by cathodic vacuum arc plasma”

Appl. Sur. Sci., 256, 6246 (2010),

V.N. Zhitomirsky, S.K. Kim, L. Burstein, R.L. Boxman.


46.  “Effect of methanol, ethylene glycol and their oxidation by-products on the activity of Pt-based oxygen-redced catalysts”

J. Power Sources, 194, 161 (2009),

N. Travitsky, L. Burstein, Y. Rosenberg, E. Peled.



45.  “High Power Copper Sulfide Cathodes for Thin-Film Microbatteries”  

Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 12 (12), A232-A235 (2009),

H.Mazor, D. Golodnitsky, L. Burstein, and E. Peled.



44.  “Electrochemical processes of nucleation and growth of calcium phosphate on titanium supported by real-time quartz crystal microbalance measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis”

J. Biomedical Materials Research, 89, 270 (2009),

Noam Eliaz, William Kopelevitch, Larisa Burstein, Equo Kobayashi, Takao Hanawa.


43.  “Novel proton-exchange membrane based on single-step preparation of functionalized ceramic powder containing surface-anchored sulfonic acid” 

J. Power Sources, 179, 520 (2008),

S. Reichman, L. Burstein, E. Peled.


42.  “Electronic characterization of Si(100)-bound alkyl monolayers using Kelvin probe force microscopy”

J. Phys. Chem. C, 112, 7145 (2008),

I. Magid, L. Burstein, O. Seitz, A. Segrev, L. Kronik, and Y. Rosenwaks


41.  “X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Time-Of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy studies of electrodeposited molybdenum oxysulfide cathodes for lithium and lithium-ion microbatteries”

Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 12, 273 (2008),

V. Yufit, D. Golodnitsky, , L. Burstein, M. Nathan and E. Peled.


40.  “Pt-, PtNi- and PtCo-supported catalysts for oxygen reduction in PEM fuel cells”

Journal of Power Sources, 161, 782  (2006),

N. Travitsky, T. Ripenbein, D. Golodnitsky, Y. Rosenberg, L. Burstein, and E. Peled.


39.  “Progress in 3-dimensional Li-ion microbatteries” 

Solid State Ionics, 177, 2811 (2006),

D. Golodnitsky, M. Nathan, V. Yufit, E. Strauss, K. Freedman, , L. Burstein, A. Gladkich, E. Peled.


38.  “Construction of dithiol-based nanostructures by a layer-exchange process” 

Small, 1, 848 (2005),

Guilia Meshulam, Natalie Rosenberg, Ariel Caster, Larisa Burstein, Michael Gozin, and Shachar Richter.


37.  “Thin-film iron sulfide cathodes for lithium and Li-ion/polymer electrolyte microbatteries”

Electrochimica Acta, 50, 417 (2004),

V. Yufit, K. Freedman, M. Nathan, L. Burstein, D. Golodnitsky, and E. Peled.


36.  “XPS analysis of the SEI formed on carbonaceous Materials” 

Solid State Ionics, 170, 83  (2004),

V. Eshkenazi, E. Peled,  L. Burstein, and D. Golodnitsky.


35.  “Tin alloy-graphite composite anode for lithium – ion batteries”

J. Electrochem.Soc., 149, A635 (2002),

A. Ulus, Y. Rosenberg, L. Burstein, and E. Peled.


34.  “Alkyl phosphonate/phosphate coating on magnetite nanoparticles: a comparison with fatty acid” 

Langmir, 17, 7907 (2001),

Y. Sahoo, H. Pizem, T. Fried, D. Golodnitsky, L. Burstein, C. N. Sukenik,

and G. Markovich.


33.  “Effect of transverse current injection on the tribological properties of WC cemented  carbide”

Wear, 249, 1 (2001),

L. Rapoport, N. Parkansky, I. Lapsker, A. Rayhel, B. Alterkop, R.L. Boxman,

S. Goldsmith, L. Burstein.


32.  “Composition, depth profiles and lateral distribution of materials in the SEI built on HOPG -–TOF SIMS and XPS studies”

 J. Power Sources, 97-98, 52 (2001),

 E. Peled, D. Bar-Tow, A. Merson, A. Gladkich, L. Burstein, D. Golodnitsky.


31.  “Surface states and surface oxide in GaN layers”

J. Appl. Phys., 89, 390 (2001),

I. Shalish, L. Burstein, Yoram Shapira.


30.  “Thermal stability of Pt Schottky contacts to 4H-SiC”

J. Appl. Phys., 88, 5724 (2000),

I. Shalish, C. I. M. de Oliveira, L. Burstein, Yoram Shapira.


29.  “Microphase structure of SEI on HOPG”

J. New Mat. For Electrochem. Sys., 3, 319 (2000),

E. Peled, D. Bar-Tow, A. Merson, and L. Burstein.


28.  “Lithium polymer electrolyte pyrite rechargeable battery: comparative characterization of natural pyrite from different sources as cathode material”

 J. Power Sources 88, 206 (2000),

E. Srauss, G. Ardel, V. Livshits, L. Burstein, D. Golodnitsky, E. Peled.


27.  “A study of highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) as a model for graphite anode in Li-ion batteries”

J. Electrochem. Soc, 146, 824 (1999),

D. Bar-Tow, E. Peled, and L. Burstein.


26.  “The relation between phototransport and photoluminescence in porous silicon”

J. Luminescence, 72-74,  314 (1997),

 I. Balberg, Y. Lubianiker, J. Shinar, J. Partee, Y. Shapira, L. Burstein, S. Z. Weisz, and M. Gomez.


25.  “Improved materials and processes for rechargeable Li/CPE/FeS2 battery for EV applications”

Proc. Joint Int. Meeting Electrochem. Soc. & Int. Soc. Electrochemistry, Paris, France,  September (1997),

E. Peled, E. Strauss, D. Golodnitsky, Y. Lavi, L. Burstein, and Y. Lareah.


24.  “Study of SEI formation on HOPG in different electrolytes”

 Proc. Joint Int. Meeting Electrochem. Soc. & Int. Soc. Electrochemistry (1997),

 D. Bar-Tow, E. Peled, and L. Burstein.


23.  “Characterization of modified NG7 graphite as an improved anode for lithium-ion batteries”

J. Power Sources, 68, 277, (1997),

C. Menachem, E. Peled, L. Burstein, and Y. Rosenberg.


22.  “Surface photovoltage spectroscopy of porous silicon”

Phys. Rev. B - Rapid Communications, 55, R1930 (1997),

L. Burstein, Y. Shapira, J. Partee, J. Shinar, Y. Lubianiker, and I. Balberg.


21.  “Improvement of graphite anode for lithium ion battery by mild oxidation”

Proceedings of the 37th Power Sources Conference, (ARL) 208-211 (1996),

C. Menachem, E. Peled, and L. Burstein.


20.  “Differences between solid-state reactions of Pt thin film deposited on C- and on Si-faces of 6H-SiC”

Proc. 3rd Int. Conf. High Temperature Electronics (1996),

S. Gasser, I. Shalish, E. Kolawa, L. Burstein, and M-A. Nicolet.


19.  “Effect of air annealing on the electronic properties of CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells”

J. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 43, 73 (1996),

E. Moons,  D. Gal, J. Beier, G. Hodes, D.Cahen, L. Kronik, L. Burstein,

B. Mishori, Y.Shapira, D. Hariskos, H.-W. Schock.


18.  “Microstructure and phase characterization of diamond-like amorphous hydrogenated carbon films using STM/STS”

Thin Solid Films, 287, 36 (1996),

I. Rusman, L. Klibanov, L. Burstein, Y. Rosenberg, V. Weinstein, E. Ben-Jacob, N. Croitoru, and A Seidman.


17.  “Surface photovoltage spectroscopy of thin films”

J. Appl. Phys., 79, 8549 (1996),

M. Leibovitch, L. Kronik, E. Fefer, L. Burstein, V. Korobov, and Y. Shapira.


16.  “Band diagram and band line-up of the polycrystalline CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 heterojunction and its response to air annealing”

AIP Conf. Proc., 353, 453 (1996),

D. Gal, J. Beier, E. Moons, G. Hodes, D. Cahen, L. Kronik, L. Burstein,

M. Leibovitch, Y. Shapira, D. Hariskos, R. Klenk, and H.-W. Schock.


15.  “Summary abstract: Laser SPS – a new tool for determination of surface state distributions and properties”

Materials Science Forum, 173-174, 183 (1995),

L. Kronik, L. Burstein, E. Fefer, M. Leibovitch, Y. Shapira.


14.  “Band diagram of the polycrystalline CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 heterojunction”

Appl. Phys. Lett., 67, 1405 (1995),

L. Kronik, L. Burstein, M. Leibovitch, Y. Shapira, D. Gal. E. Moons,

J. Beier, G. Hodes, D. Cahen, D. Hariskos, R. Klenk, and H.-W. Schock.


13.  “Quantitative surface photovoltage spectroscopy of semiconductor interfaces”

J. Electronic Materials,  24, 379 (1995),

L. Kronik, M. Leibovitch, E. Fefer, L. Burstein, and Y. Shapira.


12.  “Surface photovoltage spectroscopy of InxAl1-xAs epilayers”  

J. Appl. Phys., 78, 7163 (1995),

L. Burstein, Y. Shapira, B. R. Bennett, J. A. del Alamo.

11. “Determination of undoped CdTe (111) surface polarity by surface photovoltage spectroscopy”

Appl. Sur. Sci., 74, 201 (1994),

L. Burstein, Y. Shapira, E. Moons, and D. Cahen.


10.  “Molecular approach to surface control of chalcogenide semiconductors”

Proc. 9th Int. Conf. Ternary and Multinary Compounds, Yokohama, 1993; Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 32, 730 (1993),

E. Moons, M. Bruening, L. Burstein, J. Libman,  A.. Shanzer, and D Cahen.


9.  “A study of Fe-doped and undoped InP by surface photovoltage spectroscopy”

Semicond. Sci. Technol., 8, 1724 (1993),

L. Burstein and Y. Shapira.


8.  “Laser surface photovoltage spectroscopy: A new tool for the determination of surface state distributions”

Appl. Phys. Lett., 63, 60 (1993),

L. Kronik, L. Burstein, Y. Shapira, and M. Oron.


7.  “Interface state characterization on InP, invited review in IEE monograph

“ Properties of InP”

Ch.14., p. 323, INSPEC, The Institution of Electrical Engineers, London and New-York, 1991,

L. Burstein and Y. Shapira.


6.  “Characterization of interface states at III-V compound semiconductor-metal interfaces”

J. Appl. Phys., 69, 2312 (1991),

L. Burstein, J. Bregman, and Y. Shapira.


5.  “Studies of surface recombination velocity at Cu/CdS (1120) interfaces”

J. Phys. Chem., 94, 6482 (1990),

Y. Rosenwaks, L. Burstein, Y. Shapira, and D. Huppert.


4.  “Effect of reactive versus unreactive metals on the surface recombination velocity at CdS and CdSe (1120) interfaces”

Appl. Phys Lett., 57, 458 (1990),

Y. Rosenwaks, L. Burstein, Y. Shapira, and D. Huppert.


3.  “Surface photovoltage spectroscopy of gap states at GaAs and InP metal interfaces”

Appl. Phys. Lett., 57, 2466 (1990),

L. Burstein, J. Bregman, and Y. Shapira.


2.  “Interface of p-type Hg1-xCdxTe passivated with native sulfides”

J. Appl. Phys., 58(1) 366 (1985),

Y. Nemirovsky, L. Burstein, and I. Kidron.


1.  “Anodic sulfide films on Hg1-xCdxTe”

Appl. Phys. Lett., 44, 443 (1984),

Y. Nemirovsky and L. Burstein.