Dr. Tomer Burshtein

Dr. Tomer Burshtein

Tomer received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry (cum laude) in 2017, from the Schulich faculty of chemistry, Technion. He continued to pursue his M.Sc. degree in electrochemistry, at the Eisenberg Lab for Electrochemistry and Energy. He joined because of the fascinating and useful nature of electrochemistry in general, and the use of carbon catalysts, specifically. The chemistry-materials interdisciplinary nature of the group attracted him the most. He also states that he believes that basic research of electrocatalysis is essential for the viability of fuel cell technologies, as an alternative to polluting fossil fuels use, thus taking a step to making the world a better place. In the new laboratory, he helped set up the instruments and is in-charge of TGA service and the group's Raman spectroscopy expert. During his M.Sc. studies, he studied anode electrocatalysts for alternative N-based fuel cells. Tomer discovered new N-doped carbide-carbon electrocatalysts for the hydrazine oxidation reaction, the results of which he published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. He is also the co-author in four other published papers. In May 2019, Tomer continued to direct PhD track, and has since published two additional papers in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (both chosen as HOT PAPERS), answering fundamental research questions of the active components and the catalytic cycle of hydrazine oxidation on iron-nitrogen-carbon electrocatalysts. His PhD research will lay the foundations for deeper understanding of hydrazine oxidation on iron- and N-doped carbon electrocatalysis and their future optimization.

In the few rare moments that Tomer recalls the existence of a world outside of the lab, he enjoys traveling and trekking with his wife Ortal, playing his guitar, listening to music, reading and watching as many movies as humanly possible!


  • B.Sc. degree in chemistry (cum laude)
  • M.Sc. degree in chemistry during PhD studies
  • Recipient of the Jacobs Fellowship Award for Excellence
  • Recipient of the Ministry of Energy Fellowship

Papers in the group:

  • K. Ojha, E. M. Farber, T. Y. Burshtein, D. Eisenberg, “A Multi-Doped Electrocatalyst for Efficient Hydrazine Oxidation”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 57, 17168-17172, 2018.
  • T. Y. Burshtein, E. M. Farber, K. Ojha, D. Eisenberg, “Revealing structure–activity links in hydrazine oxidation: doping and nanostructure in carbide–carbon electrocatalysts”, J. Mater. Chem. A7, 23854-23861, 2019.
  • E. M. Farber, K. Ojha, T. Y. Burshtein, D. Eisenberg* “Carbon electrocatalysts for hydrazine oxidation: Self-templating design of hierarchical porosity using barium carbonate nanoparticles”, J. Electrochem. Soc.167, 0645172020.
  • S. Chakrabarty,= I. Offen-Polak,= T. Y. Burshtein, E. M. Farber,  L. Kornblum,  D. Eisenberg, “Urea oxidation electrocatalysis on nickel hydroxide: the role of disorder”, J. Solid State Electrochem. 2020 (= equal contribution).
  • E. M. Farber, K. Ojha, T. Y. Burshtein, L. Hasson, D. Eisenberg, "Understanding the self-templating of hierarchically porous carbon electrocatalysts using Group 2 coordination polymers", Royal Soc. Chem., 1, 20-33, 2020.
  • T. Y. Burshtein, I. Agami, M. Sananis, C. E. Diesendruck, D. Eisenberg, "Template‐Free Formation of Regular Macroporosity in Carbon Materials Made from a Folded Polymer Precursor", Small, 17, 2100712, 2021
  • T. Y. Burshtein, D. Aias, J. Wang, M. Sananis, E. M. Farber, O. M. Gazit, I. Grinberg, D. Eisenberg, "Fe-N-C Electrocatalysts in the Oxygen and Nitrogen Cycle in Alkaline Media: The Role of Iron Carbide", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 23, 26674-26679, 2021 (HOT PAPER)
  • T. Y. Burshtein, K. Tamakuwala, M. Sananis, I. Grinberg, N. R. Samala, D. Eisenberg, "Understanding Hydrazine Oxidation Electrocatalysis on Undoped Carbon", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., in press, 2022 (HOT PAPER)