Eli Barkai

Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

External Fellow

We are interested in the applications of infinite ergodic theory in Physics. This covers a wide range of problems in statistical physics, ranging from large deviations analysis of extreme values to foundations of statistical physics. As applications we consider the dynamics of single molecules in the cell environment, blinking quantum dots, chaos theory, laser cooled atoms, to name a few.

Positions Held

  • 2010: Professor, Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University.
  • Aug. 2008- Feb. 2009: Visiting scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology sabbatical with Prof. Silbey.
  • 2007: Associate Prof. Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University.
  • 2004-2007: Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University.
  • 2002-2005: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of NotreDame.
  • 1998-2002: Post-doctoral fellow at the School of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Prof. Silbey.

Awards and Academic Honors

  • Receipt of M.Sc. summa cum laude.
  • Receipt of Ph.D. summa cum laude.
  • Yeshiahu Horowitz Science of Complexity Fellowship (2004).
  • Krill prize for excellence in scientific research selected by the Wolf Foundation (2006).
  • The Michael Bruno Memorial Award funded by Yad Hanadiv (2009).
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award selected by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (2011).
  • Ludwig Maximilians universit ̈at Munich Center for Nanoscience publication award ̈ (2011).
  • Academic cooperation award Alexander von Humboldt foundation (2018) (roughly 12000 Euro).
  • Best lecturer award, Bar-Ilan Physics Department, (2019).
  • Bar-Ilan Rector’s prize for scientific innovation (5000 NIS) (2020).


  • R. Metzler, E. Barkai, and J. Klafter, Anomalous Diffusion and Relaxation Close to Thermal Equilibrium: A Fractional Fokker-Planck Equation Approach Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 3563 (1999).
  • G. Bel, E. Barkai Weak Ergodicity Breaking in the Continuous-Time Random Walk Phys. Rev. Lett. 94 240602 (2005).
  • F. D. Stefani, J. P. Hoogenboom, and E. Barkai Beyond Quantum Jumps: Blinking Nano-scale Light Emitters Physics Today 62 nu. 2, p. 34 (February 2009).
  • E. Barkai, Y. Garini and R. Metzler Strange Kinetics of Single Molecules in the Cell Physics Today 65(8), 29 (2012).
  • N. Leibovich, A. Dechant, E. Lutz, and E. Barkai Aging Wiener-Khinchin theorem and critical exponents of 1/f β noise Phys. Rev. E. 94, 052130 (2016).
  • H. Friedman, D. Kessler, and E. Barkai Quantum walks: the first detected passage time problem Phys. Rev. E. 95, 032141 (2017).
  • E. Aghion, D. A. Kessler, and E. Barkai From Non-normalizable Boltzmann-Gibbs statistics to infinite-ergodic theory Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 010601 (2019)
  • EB and Stas Burov Packets of diffusing particles exhibit universal exponential tails Physical Review Letters 124, 060603 (2020).

Advisory Committees, Editorial Boards, Professional

  • Advisory Committee of International SigmaPhi Conference on Statistical Physics. Orthodox Academy of Crete, Greece (2008), Larnaka Cyprus (2011) Rhodes (2014) Corfu (2017).
  • Scientific committee the seventh International Workshop on Applied Probability IWAP Jerusalem (2012).
  • Steering committee for bi-annual meeting on fractional differentiation and its applications (2012-…).
  • Editorial Board of the International Journal of Statistical Mechanics, Hindawi Publishing Corporation (2013-2015)
  • Member of the institute for complex adaptive matter (ICAM consurium) (2013-…).
  • Member of the research council of the Hugo Steinhaus center Wrocklaw Poland (2013- 2016).
  • Editorial Board and Associate Editor Chaos, Solitons and Fractals: the interdisciplinary journal of nonlinear science, and nonequilibrium and complex phenomena. Grigolini, Boccaletti, Courbage chief editors (2014-2015).
  • Guest editor, Fractional Dynamics special issue J. Stat. Mech. Theory and Experiment (JSTAT) (2014).
  • Chairperson Statistical Physics Session, Israel Physical Society meeting (2014).
  • Programme committee: International conference Stochastic Modeling of Anomalous Dynamics in Complex Physical and Biological Systems, Wrocklaw (2015).
  • Editorial board Journal of Statistical Mechanics: theory and experiments (2015-….).
  • Advisory Committee of the UPoN Conference series (2017-..).
  • Editorial board of Entropy section statistical physics (2020-..).
  • Editorial board of the soon launched ChemPhysMater (2020-..).
  • Guest editor Proceeding of the National Academy of Science USA (2020),
  • London Mathematical Laboratory Fellowship (2020-..).