Development and characterization of novel catalytic materials: refractory oxides with tailored texture parameters and modified surface chemistry, zeolite nanocrystals, stabilized in mesoporous matrix, mesoporous molecular sieves with tailored structure, pore size, and surface chemical functionality, catalytic phases dispersions located inside the nanotubes of mesoporous silicas and carbons, anchored molecular catalysts etc. Efficient heterogeneous catalysts compositions and their preparation methods for petroleum refining processes, petrochemostry and production of fine chemicals.
Miron Landau is a Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He received his MSc. and Ph.D (1977) degrees in Chemistry from the Moscow State University. For 20 years he led a research group in the Al-Russian Research Institute of Oil Refining (VNIINP) in Moscow (Russia). There his research was focused on development of advanced catalytic materials for production of transportation fuels by hydrotreating / hydrocracking processes. Many of catalysts developed by his group were commercialized. At 1990 Prof. Landau joined Ben-Gurion University where conducted extensive research programs aiming developments of catalytic and adsorptive materials for production of transportation fuels, chemicals and environmental protection. The industrial projects were founded by Israeli Oil refineries, Makhteshim-Agan, Israeli Electricity Company, Exxon-Mobil Inc., UOP Inc., Nexen Co. and others. His fundamental research is focused on the preparation - self-assembling of nanoparticles of catalytic phases with different complementary chemical functionality, their stabilization in mesostructured porous matrices and carbon materials and control of their surface chemistry.