Guest Blogger – Alon Eisenstein

AlonAlon can still remember the day he decided to study chemistry, sitting in a small coffee shop, going through the list of study fields. Remembering his deep admiration towards his chemistry teacher, and the joy he had for the subject, left him with an easy decision. After completing a B.Sc. in chemistry at the Ben-Gurion University in Israel, he took some time working as an analytical R&D researcher, a most rewarding experience. Returning to Ben-Gurion University, he decided to specialize in nanotechnology, and ended up designing and building a new type of scanning tunneling microscope. Upon completing his studies, he came to UofT, together with his partner and daughter, to start a Ph.D. with Prof. John Polanyi, studying reaction dynamics using scanning tunneling microscopy. After two years with the Polanyi group, he realized his interests lay in application based research, and he transferred to the Goh group. Since then he has been studying several aspects of nanomaterials, from nanoparticles to nanofilms. In the past few years he has developed a passion for science education and outreach, working with both children and parents alike, sharing his love of science with them, as part of the Pueblo Science team and in his blog, Thinking Scientific. As he nears the end of his studies, he is exploring opportunities to follow his passion for engaging people with science.