University of Michigan
PhD in Chemical Engineering1986
Yoav developed a catalytic converter to remove NOX from car exhaust.
He also constructed a Sabatier reactor to convert CO2 into CH4 and published the ZGB model.
Founder & President1987
Yoav developed a spectrometer that used a “free flying” grating to obtain a full UV-Visible spectrum 10 times per second.
BarSpec received investment from Israel Chemical Limited and was sold to BIO-RAD.
Co-Founder & President1991
The company developed real-time hydrogen sulfide analyzers for the oil refining industry, required for safety and process control.
Novachem received investment and was sold to Novitron International.
Applied Analytics, Inc.
Co-Founder & President1994
The company develops innovative measurement solutions for complex environmental applications such as sulfur recovery and biogas upgrading.
Applied Analytics provides engineering support for SKYVAC. Learn more
2017Detection system and method with nanostructure flow cell
2015Industrial process stream compositional headspace analysis
1995System and method for monitoring a stack gas
1994Method for determining concentration in a solution using attenuated total reflectance spectrometry
1993Double beam spectrometer
1985Continuously rotating grating rapid-scan spectrophotometer
The Ziff-Gulari-Barshad model describes the behavior of a catalyst distributed into islands to maximize surface contact between the reactants.
Inspired by Hannibal’s tactics to defeat a much larger Roman force, the model showed that a catalyst becomes “poisoned” when large clusters of a single reactant form—and that this can be prevented by periodic operation, i.e. introducing one reactant at a time.
The model is frequently cited in catalysis research and underpins the SKYVAC approach to optimal steady-state chemical conversion of CO2 into more valuable molecules.