The Journal of Photonics for Energy has honored Professor Zeev “Valy” Vardeny, Distinguished Professor of Physics & Astronomy, with a special section, or Festschrift, in recognition of his 70th birthday. A Festschrift is a tribute given to a respected individual, especially in the Academia.
The scope of the Festschrift reflects the breadth of Vardeny’s research interests. Topics range from fundamental studies of materials by linear, nonlinear, and ultrafast spectroscopies, to device applications such as solar cells and spintronics. He has studied a variety of materials systems, including organic semiconductors, amorphous semiconductors, carbon nanotubes, organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites, metamaterials, and photonic crystals.
Vardeny was born in Bucharest, Romania, and received a bachelor’s degree in physics, a bachelor’s in teaching and a Ph.D. in physics from Technion—the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He joined the U in 1987 as professor of physics.
He has co-authored 630 publications, and his work has been cited more than 18,000 times. At the U, he has been a mentor to 26 postdoctoral associates, 53 graduate students, and countless undergraduates.
Vardeny has received numerous awards, including the Technion Excellency Prize for his Ph.D. thesis. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1994, and received the Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids in 2008. He was awarded the Lady Davis Professorship of the Technion in 2000 and again in 2005 and 2012. He was the recipient of the 2008 Rosenblatt Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Administration at the U.
He has been married for nearly 50 years to his wife, Nira. They have three children and six grandchildren.