Born and educated in Israel, served in the Israeli Defense Force, married to Hana Keinan, 6 children and 7 grandchildren.
Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science with Prof. Y. Mazur (1972-1977); Postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin at Madison with Prof. B. M. Trost (1977-1980). Published over 150 scientific papers, 25 patents, 3 books.
President of the Israel Chemical Society (second term), Editor-in-Chief of the Israel Journal of Chemistry (published by Wiley-VCH), and President of the International Forum of Bio-Inspired Engineering (IFBIE, Boston, USA). He was the founder of two startup companies based on his technologies. He was the founder and first Head of the Institute of Catalysis Science and Technology (ICST) in the Technion. Member of the Executive Board of EuCheMS and Chairman of the Advisory Council of High School Chemistry Education, Ministry of Education.