Ezra Bar-Ziv

Ezra Bar-Ziv


  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, The Weizmann Institute of Science


Dr. Ezra Bar-Ziv joined the ME-EM Department as a professor in 2011, coming to Michigan Tech from BenGurion University. Bar-Ziv held several post doctoral associate positions. He was the director and founder of the program for Projects in Industry, the Program for High-Tech Retraining, and the chair and founder of the Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering at BenGurion University. He was the Clyde Chair in Chemical Engineering during his sabbatical at University of Utah in 2005- 2006 and then served as Associate Dean for Academic Development and Research at the College of Engineering Sciences at Ben-Gurion University. Dr. Bar-Ziv founded three start-up companies on waste valorization and led the largest torrefaction facility in the United States for Portland General Electric. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of advanced energy systems, including municipal waste valorization, coal combustion, gasification, pollution reduction, and biomass torrefaction, for the power industry and large stationary systems. He earned his PhD in Chemical Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

Areas of Expertise

  • Clean Coal Combustion
  • Fuel Switching in Coal Power Plants
  • Torrefaction and pyrolysis of Biomass

Links of Interest

Solvent-targeted Recovery and Precipitation (STRAP) Application

Research Interests

  • Emissions from Coal Power Plants
  • Simulation of Operation of Coal Power Plants
  • Torrefied-biomass (biocoal) as a Renewable Clean Replacement of Coal
  • Kinetics of Torrefaction and Pyrolysis of Biomass