Conference Scope

We cordially invite you to the Mediterranean Conference on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (MECAME 2017) organized in the honor of Professors Rivka Bauminger and Rolfe Herber (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) for their 90 year anniversary.

The Conference will take place from June 5th to June 7th, 2017 at the Belgium house on the "Safra" campus of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

MECAME 2017 is organized with the objectives to promote the mutual understandings of the researchers, who are using Mössbauer Spectroscopy and related techniques in materials science, solid state chemistry and physics, coordination chemistry, environmental sciences, and earth and planetary sciences.

This conference encourages at contributions dealing with biological and medical applications of Mössbauer Spectroscopy. Physical and chemical techniques related to Mössbauer Spectroscopy are also very welcome in the context of multi-analytical approaches in materials science and technology. Special emphasis will focus on progress in developments and methods using synchrotron radiation for NRS and SR Mössbauer.

The researchers and scientists from beyond the Mediterranean region are also heartily invited to participate in MECAME 2017. To encourage young researchers and PhD students, Young Scientist Best Paper Awards will be selected from “oral” and “poster” presentations.


  • Nanomaterials and Thin Films
  • Magnetic and Optical Materials
  • Materials Science and Industrial Applications
  • Lattice Dynamics and Solid State Physics
  • Coordination Chemistry and Solid State Chemistry
  • Environmental Science and Catalysis
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Biological and Medical Applications
  • Synchrotron Mössbauer Spectroscopy

Rivka (Erika) Bauminger

Rivka (Erika) Bauminger was educated at the Hebrew University (HU), where she obtained  her PhD degree in 1958. During 1961-1964 she was active at MIT as a Research Associate.

At 1964 she was appointed as a Lecturer at the Racah Institute of Physics at the HU and became a full Professor in 1981. During 1990-1992 she served as the head of the Racah Institute of Physics.

Very soon after the discovery of the Mössbauer effect Prof. Bauminger used this technique to study magnetic properties of solids, charge fluctuations, mixed valencies, superconductivity, lattice dynamics, dynamics in proteins and iron in biological systems.

She and associates were the first to discover and perform measurements using the 161Dy isotope, as well with many other rare earth and actinide isotopes.

She published more than 250 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and many review articles.

Rolfe H. Herber

Rolfe H. Herber was educated at UCLA, where he obtained his BSc degree in 1949. In 1952 he received his PhD at Oregon State University and was a post-doc at MIT from 1952 to 1955.

From 1955 to 1959 he was appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois.

At Rutgers University he was a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry from 1959 to 1994. From 1995 until the present he has been a Visiting Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Herber has published more than 300 scientific papers, numerous books, and book chapters. He has been the editor of several books.

His major scientific contributions in Chemistry and Physics were in the following fields: Mössbauer Spectroscopy of organometallics; inorganic solids and alloys; metal atom kinetics in molecular solids; vibrational anisotropy of metal atoms in molecular solids; chemical consequences of nuclear transformations; molecular architecture and macroscopic properties of solids.