Dr. David[Davide] Levy

Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
המרכז לננו מדעים וננוטכנולוגיה מנהל מעבדת XRD
Dr. David[Davide] Levy
Phone: 03-6407815
Fax: 03-6422649
Office: Multi-disciplinary Center, 101

General Information

I am Italy born Crystallographer now in Israel

I have an huge experience in x-ray and neutron Powder Diffraction Crystallography at high pressure and in high temperature condition. 

Good experience in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of powder by means x-ray diffraction

My Specialties are:






University of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

Responsible of the Powder Diffraction Laboratory of Wolfson Applied Materials Research Center 2017- now


Bar Ilan University, Israel                                                                         

Lecturer 2017

X-ray Diffraction (master and Ph.D. level)


Technion, Haifa, Israel                                                                             

Madan Ole at Materials Engineering Department (Prof. Boaz Pokroy) 2014-2017

Experimentalist in powder diffraction analysis on carbonates and metal oxides


University of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

Senior Researcher at School of Physics (Prof. Moshe Paz Pasternak) 2011-2017

Experimentalist in High-Pressure diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies on metal oxides and energetic materials


Università di Torino, Torino, Italy

Assistant Professor in Mineralogy 2000 -2013

Experimentalist in diffraction study on minerals (mainly metal oxide) at non-ambient conditions (High-Pressure, High-Temperatures).
Teaching about Crystalography and Mineralogy


European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, ESRF (Grenoble, France)

Postdoctoral Fellowship at ID9A, High-Pressure Diffraction Beamline 1998-2000

High-Pressure experimentalist and local contact for external users




Università di Modena, Modena, Italy

Ph.D. in Mineralogy and Crystalography 1994-1998

Thesis: Crystal-chemistry of spinels at high-temperature


Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy

Master degree in Chemistry 1988-1994

Physic and Chemistry of Material

Thesis: Synthesis and structural studies by diffraction of neutrons of the compounds related to high T c super-Conducting oxides



Erasmus scholarship for 7 month studies at Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden, Leiden, the Netherlands January 1993



  1. Eva Seknazi, Davide Levy, Iryna Polishchuk, Alex Katsman, Boaz Pokroy, Experimental and Theoretical Insights into the Bioinspired Formation of Disordered Ba‐Calcite, 2018, Advanced Functional Materials, 1805028
  2. Madathumpady Abubaker Habeeb M., Lamers M., Baumann V., Dey P., Blanch A.J., Polishchuk I., Kong X.-T., Levy D., Urban A. S., Govorov A.O., Pokroy B., Rodríguez-Fernández J., Feldmann J., Strong Quantum Confinement Effects and Chiral Excitons in BioInspired ZnO−Amino Acid Cocrystals, 2018 The Journal of Physical Chemistry 122 (11), 6348-6356
  3. W. M. Xu, G. R. Hearne, S. Layek, D. Levy, M. P. Pasternak, G. Kh. Rozenberg, and E. Greenberg, Interplay between structural and magnetic-electronic responses of FeAl2O4 to a megabar: Site inversion and spin crossover, 2018, Physical Review B 97, 085120
  4. Polishchuk I., Bracha A. Aronhime, Bloch, L., Levy, D., Kozachkevich, S., Etinger-Geller Y., Kauffmann Y. Burghammer M., Giacobbe, C., Villanova J., Hendler G., Sun Chang-Yu, Giuffre A. J., Marcus Matthew A., Kundanati L., Zaslansky P., Pugno Nicola M., Gilbert Pupa U. P. A., Katsman, A., Pokroy B., Coherently aligned nanoparticles within a biogenic single crystal: A biological prestressing strategy, 2017, Science 358, 6368, 1294
  5. Samar Layek, ERAN GREENBERG, Weiming Xu, DAVIDE LEVY, Jean-Paul Itié, Pasternak MP, Gregory Rozenberg, High pressure structural and electronic transitions in lithium ferrites, 2017, Acta Crystallographica. A73, C1432
  6. W. M. Xu, G. R. Hearne, S. Layek,D. ,Levy, J-P. Itié, M. P. Pasternak, G. Kh. Rozenberg, E. Greenberg, Site-specific spin crossover in Fe2TiO4 post-spinel under high pressure up to nearly a megabar, 2017, Phys. Rev. B, 96, 4, 045108
  7. Keren R., Mayzel B., Lavy A., Polishchuk I., Levy D., Fakra S. C., Pokroy B., Ilan M, Symbiotic bacteria mineralize arsenic and barium on intracellular vesicles, 2017 Nature Comm. 8,14393
  8. W. M. Xu, G. R. Hearne, S. Layek, D. Levy, J.-P. Itié, M. P. Pasternak, G. Kh. Rozenberg, and E. Greenberg, FeCr2O4  spinel to near megabar pressures: Orbital moment collapse and site-inversion facilitated spin crossover 2017 Phys. Rev. B 95, 045110
  9. S. Pasternak,  D. Levy, Y. Paza and B. Pokroy. Structural Analysis and Optical Properties of the Bi2-xYxWO6, CrystEngComm, 2016,18, 6464-6470
  10. Weber, E., D. Levy, M. Ben Sasson, A. N. Fitch and B. Pokroy. Structural analysis of metal-doped calcium oxalate. 2015 Rsc Advances 5(119): 98626-98633
  11. Hirsch, A., D. Gur, I. Polishchuk, D. Levy, B. Pokroy, A. J. Cruz-Cabeza, L. Addadi, L. Kronik and L. Leiserowitz. "Guanigma": The Revised Structure of Biogenic Anhydrous Guanine. 2015 Chemistry of Materials 27(24): 8289-8297.
  12. Levy, D.; Pastero, L.; Hoser, A.; Viscovo, G.; Thermal expansion and cation partitioning of MnFe2O4 (Jacobsite) from 1.6 to 1276 K studied by using neutron powder diffraction, Solid State Communications 2015, 201, Pages 15-19
  13. Freyria, F.S., Barrera, G., Tiberto, P., Belluso, E., Levy, D., Saracco, G., Allia, P., Garrone, E., and Bonelli, B. Eu-doped alpha-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with modified magnetic properties. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2013, 201, 302-311
  14. Levy, D.; Giustetto, R.; Hoser, A., Structure of magnetite (Fe3O4) above the Curie temperature: a cation ordering study. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2012, 39, 169-176.
  15. Marinoni, N.; Levy, D.; Dapiaggi, M.; Pavese, A.; Smith, R., In situ high-temperature X-ray and neutron powder diffraction study of cation partitioning in synthetic Mg(Fe0.5Al0.5)2O4 spinel. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2011, 38, 11-19.
  16. Giustetto, R.; Levy, D.; Wahyudi, O.; Ricchiardi, G.; Vitillo, J. G., Crystal structure refinement of a sepiolite/indigo Maya Blue pigment using molecular modelling and synchrotron diffraction. European Journal of Mineralogy 2011, 23, 449-466.
  17. Ventruti, G.; Levy, D.; Pavese, A.; Scordari, F.; Suard, E., High-temperature treatment, hydrogen behaviour and cation partitioning of a Fe-Ti bearing volcanic phlogopite by in situ neutron powder diffraction and FTIR spectroscopy. European Journal of Mineralogy 2009, 385-396.
  18. Pavese, A.; Curetti, N.; Diella, V.; Levy, D.; Dapiaggi, M.; Russo, U., P-V and T-V equations of state of natural biotite: An in-situ high-pressure and high-temperature powder diffraction study, combined with Mossbauer spectroscopy. American Mineralogist 2007, 92, 1158-1164.
  19. Giustetto, R.; Levy, D.; Chiari, G., Crystal structure refinement of Maya Blue pigment prepared with deuterated indigo, using neutron powder diffraction. European Journal of Mineralogy 2006, 18, 629-640.
  20. Curetti, N.; Levy, D.; Pavese, A.; Ivaldi, G., Elastic properties and stability of coexisting 3T and 2M(1) phengite polytypes. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2006, 32, 670-678.
  21. Levy, D.; Diella, V.; Pavese, A.; Dapiaggi, M.; Sani, A., P-V equation of State, thermal expansion, and P-T stability of synthetic zincochromite (ZnCr2O4 spinel). American Mineralogist 2005, 90, 1157-1162.
  22. Levy, D.; Artioli, G.; Dapiaggi, M., The effect of oxidation and reduction on thermal expansion of magnetite from 298 to 1173 K at different vacuum conditions. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2004, 177, 1713-1716.
  23. Levy, D.; Diella, V.; Dapiaggi, M.; Sani, A.; Gemmi, M.; Pavese, A., Equation of state, structural behaviour and phase diagram of synthetic MgFe2O4, as a function of pressure and temperature. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2004, 31, 122-129.
  24. Gualtieri, A. F.; Levy, D.; Belluso, E.; Dapiaggi, M., Kinetics of the decomposition of crocidolite asbestos: A preliminary real-time X-ray powder diffraction study. In European Powder Diffraction Epdic 8, 2004; Vol. 443-4, pp 291-294.
  25. Diella, V.; Sani, A.; Levy, D.; Pavese, A., High-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction study of spessartine and uvarovite: A comparison between different equation of state models. American Mineralogist 2004, 89, 371-376.
  26. Pavese, A.; Levy, D.; Curetti, N.; Diella, V.; Fumagalli, P.; Sani, A., Equation of state and compressibility of phlogopite by in-situ high-pressure X-ray powder diffraction. European Journal of Mineralogy 2003, 15, 455-463.
  27. Levy, D.; Pavese, A.; Hanfland, M., Synthetic MgAl2O4 (spinel) at high-pressure conditions (0.0001-30 GPa): A synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study. American Mineralogist 2003, 88, 93-98.
  28. Sani, A.; Hanfland, M.; Levy, D., Pressure and temperature dependence of the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition in PbTiO3. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2002, 167, 446-452.
  29. Sani, A.; Hanfland, M.; Levy, D., The equation of state of PbTiO3 up to 37 GPa: a synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction study, Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter 2002 44, 10601-10604
  30. Meneghini, C.; Levy, D.; Mobilio, S.; Ortolani, M.; Nunez-Reguero, M.; Kumar, A.; Sarma, D. D., High-pressure structure and electronic transport in hole-doped La3/4Ca1/4MnO3 perovskites. Physical Review B 2002, 65.
  31. Comodi, P.; Gatta, G. D.; Zanazzi, P. F.; Levy, D.; Crichton, W., Thermal equations of state of dioctahedral micas on the join muscovite-paragonite. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2002, 29, 538-544.
  32. Pavese, A.; Diella, V.; Levy, D.; Hanfland, M., Synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study of natural P2/n-omphacites at high-pressure conditions. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2001, 28, 9-16.
  33. Pavese, A.; Levy, D.; Pischedda, V., Elastic properties of andradite and grossular, by synchrotron X-ray diffraction at high pressure conditions. European Journal of Mineralogy 2001, 13, 929-937.
  34. Levy, D.; Sani, A., Synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study of a pressure-induced phase transition in ferroelectric PbTiO3. In Epdic 7: European Powder Diffraction, Pts 1 and 2, 2001; Vol. 378-3, pp 539-544.
  35. Levy, D.; Pavese, A.; Sani, A.; Pischedda, V., Structure and compressibility of synthetic ZnAl2O4 (gahnite) under high-pressure conditions, from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2001, 28, 612-618.
  36. Levy, D.; Meneghini, C., High-pressure studies of La0.25Ca0.75MnO3 using X-ray diffraction at the ESRF synchrotron. In Epdic 7: European Powder Diffraction, Pts 1 and 2, 2001; Vol. 378-3, pp 534-538.
  37. Vezzalini, G.; Quartieri, S.; Sani, A.; Levy, D. In Structural modifications induced by high pressure in scolecite and heulandite: in-situ synchrotron X-ray Powder diffraction study, Zeolites and mesoporous materials at the dawn of the 21st century : proceedings of the 13th International Zeolite Conference, Montpellier (France), 8-13 July 2001; Galarneau, A.; Di Renzo, F.; Fajula, F.; Vedrine, J., Eds. Elsevier: Montpellier (France), 2001; pp 09-P-09.
  38. Tribaudino, M.; Prencipe, M.; Bruno, M.; Levy, D., High-pressure behaviour of Ca-rich C2/c clinopyroxenes along the join diopside-enstatite (CaMgSi2O6-Mg2Si2O6). Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2000, 27, 656-664.
  39. Pavese, A.; Levy, D.; Hoser, A., Cation distribution in synthetic zinc ferrite (Zn0.97Fe2.02O4) from in situ high-temperature neutron powder diffraction. American Mineralogist 2000, 85, 1497-1502.
  40. Levy, D.; Pavese, A.; Hanfland, M., Phase transition of synthetic zinc ferrite spinel (ZnFe2O4) at high pressure, from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2000, 27, 638-644.
  41. Bordet, P.; Affronte, M.; Sanfilippo, S.; Nunez-Regueiro, M.; Laborde, O.; Olcese, G. L.; Palenzona, A.; LeFloch, S.; Levy, D.; Hanfland, M., Structural phase transitions in CaSi2 under high pressure. Physical Review B 2000, 62, 11392-11397.
  42. Affronte, M; Sanfilippo, S; Nunez-Regueiro, M; Laborde, O; Le Floch, S; Bordet, P; Hanfland, M; Levi, D; Palenzona, A; Olcese, GL, New superconducting CaSi2 phase with T-c up to 14K under pressure., PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER 2000, 284,1117-1118
  43. Levy, D.; Artioli, G.; Gualtieri, A.; Quartieri, S.; Valle, M., Chromium crystal chemistry mullite-spinel refractory ceramics. Materials Research Bulletin 1999, 34, 711-720.
  44. Catti, M.; Levy, D.; Artioli, G., Synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study of (Bi,Pb)(1.64)Sr1.43Ca1.57Mn2O9, Mn-analogue of BSCCO-2212 superconductor. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 1999, 147, 501-508.
  45. Levy, D.; Artioli, G., Thermal expansion of chromites and zinc spinels. In Epdic 5, Pts 1 and 2, 1998; Vol. 278-2, pp 390-395.
  46. Artioli, G.; Pavese, A.; Levy, D.; Russo, U.; Hoser, A., Cation partitioning in Mg0.70Fe0.23Al1.97O4 synthetic spinels by in situ neutron powder diffraction. In Epdic 5, Pts 1 and 2, 1998; Vol. 278-2, pp 692-697.
  47. Levy, D.; Fu, W. T.; Ijdo, D. J. W.; Catti, M., Crystal-Structure of BiPbSr2MnO6 by Powder Neutron-Diffraction. Solid State Communications 1994, 92, 659-663.
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