Yigal Lilach

Photograph of Yigal Lilach
Senior Cleanroom Specialist
Science and Engineering Hall (SEH)
800 22nd Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Electron beam lithography
  • Focused Ion beam lithography
  • UHV
  • Labview programming

Yigal Lilach, PhD joined GW in 2017 as a senior cleanroom specialist at GWNIC. He has a PhD in surface science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and completed his postdoc at University of California, Santa Barbara and in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the state of Washington. Yigal has overseen electron beam lithography at the Hebrew University’s Unit for Nanofabrication, then EBL, FIB and laser micromachining labs at the Tel Aviv University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.


  • PhD (Surface Science); Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel)



  1. Second Order Isothermal Desorption Kinetics, Y. Lilach, I.M.Danziger and M. Asscher ,Catal. Lett. 76, 35 (2001).
  2. Compression and Caging of CD3Cl by H2O Layers on Ru(001), Y. Lilach and M. Asscher,  J. Chem. Phys. 117(14),  6730 (2002).
  3. Landing of size-selected Ag clusters on single crystal TiO2(110)-(1x1) surfaces at room temperature, L. Benz, X. Tong, P. Kemper, Y. Lilach, A. Kolmakov, H. Metiu, M.T. Bowers, and S. K. Buratto, J.Chem. Phys. 122, 081102  (2005).
  4. Enhanced Gas Sensing by Individual SnO2 Nanowires and Nanobelts Functionalized with Pd Catalyst Particles, A. Kolmakov, D. O. Klenov, D, Y. Lilach, S. Stemmer and M. Moskovits,  Nano Lett., 5(4),   667 (2005).
  5. Photochemistry of Molecules at Confined Environment: CD3Br/O/Ru(001) and [email protected], R. Berger, Y. Lilach, Y Ayoub and  M. Asscher, Isr. J. Chem. 45,  97 (2005).
  6. Encoding Morphology in Oxide Nanostructures during Their Growth, Y. Lilach, J. P. Zhang, M. Moskovits and A. Kolmakov, Nano. Lett. 5(10), 2019 (2005).
  7. Dissociation of water buried under ice on Pt(111), Y. Lilach, M. J. Iedema and J. P. Cowin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(1), 016105 (2007).
  8. Electrical Current Switching in Single CdSe Nanorods, H. Steinberg, O. Wolf, A. Faust, A. Salant, Y. Lilach, , O. Millo and U. Banin, Nano Lett. 2010;10: 2416-20.
  9. Generation of electron Airy beams, Voloch-Bloch N, Lereah Y, Lilach Y, Gover A, Arie A. Nature 2013;494: 331-5.
  10. Sculpturing the electron wave function using nanoscale phase masks, Shiloh R, Lereah Y, Lilach Y, Arie A. Ultramicroscopy 2014;144: 26-31.
  11. Toward Two-Dimensional All-Carbon Heterostructures via Ion Beam Patterning of Single-Layer Graphene, Kotakoski J, Brand C, Lilach Y, Cheshnovsky O, Mangler C, Arndt M, Meyer JC. Nano Letters 2015;15: 5944-9.
  12. Spatial modulation of light transmission through a single microcavity by coupling of photosynthetic complex excitations to surface plasmons, Carmeli I, Cohen M, Heifler O, Lilach Y, Zalevsky Z, Mujica V, Richter S. Nature Communications 2015;6: 7334.
  13. An atomically thin matter-wave beamsplitter, Brand C, Sclafani M, Knobloch C, Lilach Y, Juffmann T, Kotakoski J, Mangler C, Winter A,Turchanin A, Meyer J, Cheshnovsky O, Arndt M. Nature Nanotechnology 2015;10: 845-8.
  14. In search of multipath interference using large molecules, Cotter JP, Brand C,  Knobloch C, Lilach Y, Cheshnovsky O, Arndt M. Science Advances 2017; 3(8) e1602478.

Most influenced by the TV series Cosmos and The Time Tunnel.


  • Raith micrograph award, special art award (2009 and 2010)
  • Honorable mention in the micrograph contest; International Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) (2009)
  • The Israeli Chemical Society award for excellent graduate research (2003)