Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2018
    Senior Scientist at the Department of Materials and Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

  • 2015 – 2018
    Fulbright and Rothschild Postdoctoral fellow at the Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley; and Postdoctoral fellow at the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley.

    Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey B. Neaton. Research area: advanced first-principles calculations of excited-state phenomena in complex systems

  • 2011 – 2015
    Doctorate- direct track at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Supervisor: Prof. Leeor Kronik; Title of thesis: ”A generalization of the optimally-tuned range-separated hybrid scheme to the solid-state”

  • 2009 – 2011
    Master’s degree at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Supervisor: Prof. Leeor Kronik; Title of thesis: ”Excitation gaps in organic molecules from an optimally tuned range-separated hybrid functional”

  • 2004 – 2007
    Bachelor’s degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, within the Exact Sciences Combined Honors Program (Chemistry and Physics), graduated magna cum laude

Selected publications

  • S. Refaely-Abramson, S. Sharifzadeh, N. Govind, J. Autschbach, J. B. Neaton, R. Baer, and L. Kronik, ”Quasiparticle spectra from a non-empirical optimally tuned range separated hybrid density functional”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 226405 (2013).

  • S. Refaely-Abramson, S. Sharifzadeh, M. Jain, R. Baer, J. B. Neaton, and L. Kronik, ”Gap renormalization of molecular crystals from density functional theory, Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Comm.) 88, 081204) (2013).

  • S. Refaely-Abramson, M. Jain, S. Sharifzadeh, J. B. Neaton, and L. Kronik, ”Solid-state optical absorption from optimally tuned time-dependent range-separated hybrid density functional theory”, Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Comm.) 92, 081204 (2015).

  • M. Eckshtain-Leviy, E. Capua, S. Refaely-Abramsony, S. Sarkary, Y. Gavrilov, S. P. Mathew, Y. Paltiel, Y. Levy, L. Kronik, and R. Naaman, ”Cold denaturation induces inversion of dipole and spin transfer in chiral peptide monolayers”, Nature Comm. 7, 10744 (2016).

  • S. Refaely-Abramson, F. H. da Jornada, S. G. Louie, and J. B. Neaton, ”Origins of singlet fission in solid pentacene from an ab initio Green’s-function approach”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 267401 (2017).

  • J. Brisendine, S. Refaely-Abramson, Z.-F. Liu, J. Cui, F. Ng, J. B. Neaton, R. Koder, and L. Venkataraman, ”Probing Charge Transport through Peptide Bonds”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 9, 763-767 (2018).

  • S. Refaely-Abramson, D. Y. Qiu, S. G. Louie, and J. B. Neaton, ”Defect-induced modification of low-lying excitons and valley selectivity in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 167402 (2018).

  • S. Barja, S. Refaely-Abramson, B. Schuler, D. Y. Qiu, A. Pulkin, S. Wickenburg, H. Ryu, M. M. Ugeda, C. Kastel, C. Chen, C. Hwang, A. M. Schwarzburg, S. Aloni, S.-K. Mo, D. F. Ogletree, M. F. Crommie, O. Yazyev, S. G. Louie, J. B. Neaton, and A. Weber- Bargioni, ”Identifying substitutional oxygen as a prolific point defect in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides with experiment and theory”, Nature Comm. 10, 3382 (2019).

  • B. Schuler, D. Y. Qiu, S. Refaely-Abramson , C. Kastl, C. T. Chen, S. Barja, Roland J. Koch, D. F. Ogletree, S. Aloni, A. M. Schwartzberg, J. B. Neaton, S. G. Louie, and A. Weber-Bargioni, ”Large spin-orbit splitting of deep in-gap defect states of engineered sulfur vacancies in monolayer WS2”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 076801 (2019).

  • L. Maserati*, S. Refaely-Abramson*, C. Kastl, C. T. Chen, N. J. Borys, C. N. Eisler, M. S. Collins, T. S. Smidt, E. S. Bernard, M. Strasbourg, E. A. Schriber, B. Shevitski, K. Yao, J. N. Hohman, P. J. Schuck, S. Aloni, J. B. Neaton*, and A. M. Schwartzberg*, ”Anisotropic 2D Excitons Unveiled in Organic-Inorganic Quantum Wells”, Materials Horizons, DOI: 10.1039/c9mh01917k (2020).

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