Michael Zinigrad

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Michael Zinigrad, (Hebrew:

מיכאל זיניגרד‬, Russian: Михаи́л Ио́сифович Зинигра́д; born 1945) is an Israeli chemist specializing in materials science, materials engineering and nanotechnology. He is a professor of physical chemistry at the Ariel University, and is mostly known for his works on modeling and simulation of metallurgical processes at high temperatures. Zinigrad founded the Materials Research Center at the Ariel University, was the first dean of its Natural Science Faculty from 1995 to 2008, and since 2008 serves as the Rector of the University.[1]


Michael Zinigrad was born 1945 in Altai Krai, Russia, where his parents escaped from Ukraine after the outbreak of the Second World War. He was only two months old when his family returned to Ukraine.[2] The Zinigrad family has lost many of its members murdered during the Holocaust by the Nazis and their collaborators. Michael was named after his cousin that was one of the victims.[3]

As a boy and a young man Michael lived and studied in Ukraine. He has recalled that his father was the director of a factory in the small town of Zvenyhorodka, Cherkasy region, and this allowed him to be employed as a turner during the summer school holidays.[4] Young Michael attended the school in Yerky.[5] He dreamed of being a journalist, but later, under the influence of two teachers, he grew fond of physics and chemistry. After graduating from high school he has decided to be engaged in both areas and to study physical chemistry.[6]

In 1963 Zinigrad enrolled in the Dnepropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute where he completed his M.Sc. in physical and chemical studies of metallurgical processes in 1968. His master's degree thesis was devoted to synthesis of some solid solutions.[7][8] While still a student, he married. His wife Ella Zinigrad, being then a student, would later receive a Ph.D. in electrochemistry.[4]

From Ukraine Michael Zinigrad moved to Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Ural region, Russia, where he started postgraduate studies at the Ural Scientific Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of High Temperature Electrochemistry of the Academy in 1972 after the approval of his doctoral dissertation entitled "Kinetic analysis of sulphide sulphur oxidation by slags" by the Higher Attestation Commission. In 1982 Zinigrad obtained the post-doctoral degree Dr.Sc. in physical chemistry from the Institute of Metallurgy of the Academy.[7][8][9]

Zinigrad was appointed as Assistant at Ural State Technical University (formerly known as Ural Polytechnic Institute) in Sverdlovsk in 1972, promoted to Associated Professor in 1976, and Full Professor in 1983. He held a chair at the University between 1988 and 1991.[7][8]

Professor Zinigrad (forth from right) with other recipients of the Outstanding Scientists Award 2014 and the Minister of Immigration

In 1992 Zinigrad repatriated to Israel. On arriving he wanted to promote a few projects, but quite soon he was invited to teach physical chemistry at the Ariel College.[10] There were only about 200 students in the College at that time,[2] but in a short time the small college evolved into a real university with six faculties that teach thousands of students. Zinigrad has said that this occurred due to the efforts of a group of "not quite normal people who wanted to create a new university".[11]

Since 1993 Michael Zinigrad is a Full professor at Ariel University (primarily Ariel College, later Ariel University Center of Samaria and now Ariel University). Professor Zinigrad took part in establishing the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University and served as its first dean from 1995 to 2008. He has founded the Materials Research Center, which includes his Advanced Metal Materials Laboratory, and is the head of the Center since 1999. Professor Zinigrad serves as the Rector of Ariel University from October 2008.[1][8][12]

Professor Zinigrad is initiator and chairman of the biennial conference on Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation of Metal Technologies (MMT) which is held since 2000,[13][14][15][9][16][17] and of the annual Israeli-Russian Bi-National Workshop on nanomaterials, held since 2002.[18][19]

Michael Zinigrad is the author of over 200 scientific publications (including monographs, articles, and patents).

In the years 2007-2013, served as a member of Technological Incubators Committee administrated by the Chief Scientist under the Israel Ministry of Economy (former Ministry of Industry and Trade).[20][21][9]

Michael and Ella Zinigrad live in Israel. They have two sons.[9]

Editorial board member in scientific journals[edit]

Honorary degrees[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Michael Zinigrad". "FLOGEN Star Outreach". 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Rector of the Israeli University Center — a repatriate from Russia" (in Russian). "Israel for You". 28 November 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Professor Michael Zinigrad talks about his family" on YouTube (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ a b Efim Loevsky (2014). Ступени [Steps] (in Russian). Ministry of Immigrant Absorption of Israel.
  5. ^ "Our Pride" (in Ukrainian). The school in Yerky. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  6. ^ "A Personal Look at the people at the forefront of the research in Israel: Prof. Michael Zinigrad" (in Hebrew). Ynet. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Yulia Sister (26 October 2011). "Professor Michael Zinigrad in Rehovot" (in Russian). The House of Scientists and Experts of Rechovot. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d "Curriculum Vitae". Ariel University. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d Rinat Sagi (14 July 2008). "New Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ariel University Center" (in Hebrew). News1. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  10. ^ Lydia Mikhalchenko (3 August 2012). "Israel leads because it is small" (in Russian). Jewish.Ru. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  11. ^ Andrei Rastorguev (2011). "Isle of Innovations" (in Russian). "Innovative infrastructure" (Ural Federal University). Archived from the original on 2013-05-27. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Materials Research Center - Advanced Metal Materials Laboratory". Ariel University. Archived from the original on 17 December 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  13. ^ "International Conferences & Workshops". www.ariel.ac.il. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  14. ^ "Organizing Committee 2000". www.ariel.ac.il. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  15. ^ "Organizing Committee 2018". www.ariel.ac.il. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  16. ^ Efim Loevsky (29 August 2009). "Professor Zinigrad and his team" (in Russian). Website "IsraMir". Archived from the original on 2009-09-02. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  17. ^ "The First International Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation of Metal Technologies MMT-2000". Ariel University. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  18. ^ "WS-2002". www.ariel.ac.il. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  19. ^ "WS-2018". www.ariel.ac.il. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  20. ^ "BaAkademia (באקדמיה)" (PDF). BaAkademia (באקדמיה) (in Hebrew). 16: 14. June 2007.
  21. ^ "Spotlight on Prof. Michael Zinigrad (זרקור על פרופ' מיכאל זיניגרד)". www.ariel.ac.il (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  22. ^ "Editorial board". jmelts.com. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  23. ^ "Editorial Board". fermet.misis.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  24. ^ "Editorial Board". cvmet.misis.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  25. ^ "Avtomaticheskaya Svarka". patonpublishinghouse.com. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  26. ^ "Современная электрометаллургия" (PDF). Современная электрометаллургия (in Russian). 04/2018: 1.
  27. ^ "Современная электрометаллургия" (PDF). Современная электрометаллургия (in Russian). 03/2018: 1.
  28. ^ "Современная электрометаллургия" (PDF). Современная электрометаллургия (in Russian). 02/2018: 1.
  29. ^ "Современная электрометаллургия" (PDF). Современная электрометаллургия (in Russian). 01/2018: 1.
  30. ^ "Современная электрометаллургия" (PDF). Современная электрометаллургия (in Russian). 04/2017: 1.
  31. ^ "состоялось очередное заседание Президиума Российской академии наук". www.ras.ru (in Russian). 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  32. ^ "Аэрокосмос - Мониторинг пожаров, циклонов, землетрясений и других природных катастроф". www.aerocosmos.info. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  33. ^ "Почесні професори". test.pdpu.edu.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2019-01-17.

Further reading[edit]

  • Yulia Sister (2011). "About chemists and chemistry in a country flowing with milk and honey". In Parkhomovsky, Mikhail; Sister, Yulia. Израиль: русские корни [Israel: Russian roots] (in Russian). Research Centre for Russian Jewry Abroad. pp. 256–290. ISBN 978-965-90976-7-8.

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