Dr. Zahava Barkay, Ph.D.

 Dr. Zahava Barkay received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from Tel-Aviv University at 1994. She joined the Wolfson Applied Materials Center (WAMRC) leading the field of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in parallel to her post-doctoral research scholarship. At 1998 she established the SPM (scanning probe microscopy) lab at the WAMRC and researched in both the SEM and SPM labs. Since 2001 she was also in charge of the high resolution scanning electron microscope (HRSEM) lab. At 2005 she established the environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) lab and she is the head of this lab.

Dr. Barkay is continuously training graduate students for SEM research. Since 2003 she teaches the graduate Scanning Electron Microscopy course at the Engineering faculty at Tel-Aviv University. Since 2017 she also takes part in the undergraduate Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory course.

Her electron microscopy research topics are:

  • Theory and simulation of electron-specimen interaction using Monte-Carlo simulation for reflected and transmitted electrons.
  • Wettability research using ESEM in reflected and transmission modes; triple line and contact angle charcterization, nano-droplet nucleation, dynamics and coalescence on various surfaces including self-supported thin films.
  • Voltage contrast in SEM including doping contrast in semiconductor junctions and quantum well devices.
  • Cathodoluminescence research in SEM.
  • Micro-analysis and thin film analysis by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS).
  • Nano-scale crystallography using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and transmission Kikuchi diffraction (TKD).

Dr. Barkay holds 103 refereed journal publications and book chapters and she is active in local as well as international conferences with 64 contributions including invited talks. She has been a member of a few internal TAU committees (for purchase of SPM, HRSEM, ESEM, FIB). Dr. Barkay is an active committee member of the Israel Society of Microscopy (ISM). She has been the ISM treasurer (2012-2016) and currently ISM secretary (since 2019). Her recent research activity, using transmission electrons under wet ESEM conditions, was acknowledged by Microscopy Society of America with the MSA2012 lecture award. Her scientific research along the years was awarded by the Israel Vacuum Society (IVS) with the IVS2015 surface science expertise award.  She has been co-organizer of UK-Israel workshop at TAU on crystallography at nano-scale (2018). Additional recent prizes are: poster prize (co-author), which was awarded at 2017 at the UK RMS-EBSD Conference and paper prize (co-author), which was awarded at 2019, at the ETAS-34 Conference, Japan.

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