Ofer grew up in Israel, and obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry at Tel-Aviv University (2007), followed by a M.Sc. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
In graduate school, Ofer studied plasmonic nanoparticles in the group of Israel Rubinstein at the Department of Materials & Interfaces, Faculty of Chemistry. He explored the interaction of Au nanoparticles with dielectric materials in the context of bio-sensing; and the way the plasmonic particles modify the emission properties (intensity, lifetime and even emission wavelength) of fluorescent materials.
Ofer then started a postdoctoral position with Emily A. Weiss at Northwestern University’s Department of Chemistry and the Center for Bio-inspired Energy Science (CBES). He used experiments and simulations to study non-equilibrium transport powered by a ratcheting mechanism, which uses local asymmetric fields combined with an energy input to enable transport.
In August 2019, Ofer will be starting a position as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Marquette University.
For more background, see Ofer’s personal website.