Bar-Ilan's Award-Winning Nano Scientist and "Let There Be Water" Author Speak at Israel Tech Revolution Event

Israel Tech Revolution Video

Part 1) How Nanotechnology Is Improving Our World

View all three video segments:

  1. How Nanotechnology Is Improving Our World
  2. Improving Electric Cars
  3. Seeing Voices

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Bret Stephens Led Discussion on Israel's Tech Boom

New York, NY – With Israel now being a major leader in advancing technology in numerous fields, The Jewish Week in partnership with the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University co-sponsored an event bringing together an all-star panel to discuss how Israel's tech revolution is already having tremendous consequences for our planet's future.

This November 16th event at the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center in New York City featured panelists Prof. Arie Zaban, Bar-Ilan University vice president of research and award-winning nanotechnology scientist and inventor; and Seth M. Siegel, author of the NY and LA Times bestseller Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World. Leading the discussion was Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and acclaimed author Bret Stephens, deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal editorial page.

Prof. Zaban, Director of Bar-Ilan University's Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials and its Nano Energy Center, spoke about his pioneering work to develop the aluminum-air battery for electric cars. He has sold his technology to the Israeli start-up company Phinergy, which plans to use it in electric cars in 2017.

"The aluminum-air battery, which uses aluminum as the fuel for the car, can give you enough energy to go 250 miles. Then you can stop at a gas station, and replace the electrolyte liquid to get another 250 miles," said Zaban to the audience of over 150 people. He added, "This solves the anxiety problem of not being able to go long distances with electric cars.

"In addition, Prof. Zaban spoke about how nanotechnology is improving our world. According to him, it is especially helpful in the areas of medicine and security. "Through a special camera you can now see voices, which are small vibrations that are moving into our ears…Anything I can see, I can measure."

In the area of medicine, Zaban said that nanotechnology enables us to better measure people's heartbeats, which affects blood sugar levels. He added that it is also easier to identify people and know when they are approaching through the use of nanotechnology devices. This will have major implications for military and security issues Zaban told the audience.

Siegel spoke about the findings of his book Let There Be Water, which is an inspiring account of how Israel transformed itself from a parched land into a water superpower. "Everyone has something to learn from Israel's water model…People are charged a real price for water so they only use what they need," said Siegel. He added that California should follow the Israeli model by cutting water use by market based cost — not by mandate.

To learn more about how Bar-Ilan University is playing a leading role in fostering Israel's tech revolution,
call Howard Charish at 212-906-3900. or email


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