ד"ר אייל צור

ד"ר אייל צור

In the last decades olefin metathesis become one of the most commonly used reactions for the carbon-carbon bond formation. The importance of this reaction was expressed in the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to the major contributors to this field. The applications of this reaction are many and varied: from the creation of diverse polymers, through uses in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, agricultural and other industries. The increase popularity of this reaction arise from the dramatic development of the reaction catalysts. The ability to design the catalyst structure has led to the creation of more reactive, durable, and more selective catalysts

Our research focuses on the design, synthesis, characterization and investigation of novel catalysts with unique features. We are particularly interested in latent catalysts which activation and deactivation can be control, mainly by physical means such as heating or irradiation. Our goal is to design a catalyst that will be in one hand, completely latent in ambient conditions, to a variety of metathesis reactions, and on the other hand, after activating (by UV radiation, for example) will be extremely active. We are also interested in unique applications of olefins metathesis reaction and in the factors influencing the effectiveness of the reaction

Our research combines organic and organometallics chemistry, using modern methods and advanced devices such as GC-MS, NMR, HR-MS


הנדסה כימית




2005-2009 Ph.D. (Summa cum Laude) in Organic and organometallic Chemistry.
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.  Dissertation title: “Novel ruthenium catalysts for olefin metathesis”.  Adviser: Dr. N. Gabriel Lemcoff.  

2002-2005  M.Sc. in Chemistry. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.  Dissertation title: “A New D-π -A-π -D Type Derivative for Two Photon Absorption Applications”.  Adviser: Prof. Vladimir Khodorkovsky.

1999-2002  B.Sc. in Chemistry. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

תחומי מחקר

Development of novel ruthenium based olefin metathesis complexes with unique properties for advanced applications.


Since 2010  Preparatory program: Introduction to chemistry. 

Since 2010  B.Sc. program: Analytical Chemistry 1, Analytical Chemistry 2, General Chemistry1, General Chemistry 2, Organic Chemistry 1, Organic Chemistry 2, Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2.