June 1, 2020

Meet NIS’s Team: LIAT ECKER-SALLACAN, Process Engineer and EHS officer

Liat has been an integral member of our company for over a decade, spearheading efforts at our Israeli location. Mrs. Ecker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from one of the world’s top science and technology research universities – Israel Institute of Technology. Liat’s interest in Chemistry blossomed in High School. After graduating from the Technion, her career took off at a famous local chemical factory, pictured in Liat’s schoolbooks. Luckily for us, Mrs. Ecker soon discovered a new passion – nanotechnology and was hired by NanoMaterials in 2005.

Mrs. Ecker lives in Rehovot, together with her husband and their three daughters.

 

 

What are your responsibilities, and how do you describe your job to your kids?

 

I am responsible for the proper operation of our manufacturing plant from safety and environmental point. My job is to assess, design, and implement safe operating practices and identify hazards, to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and applicable EHS standards.

However, to my little girls, I would say that their mom helps to keep her colleagues and her site’s visitors safe and sound so that they can work in peace and get back home to their kids. I explain to my children that my job is to prevent pollution and that this is a crucial task because we only have one planet!

 

What is your favorite part of your work?

 

Our company is like a family. We have an amazing, close-knit team. We are working together like a well-lubricated (pun intended!) mechanism, contributing, helping, supporting each other, and learning from one another.  Our roles are often shifting, so we must adapt quickly and multitask. I love our challenging and dynamic environment.

 

How has the company changed since you started 15 years ago?

 

When I joined the firm in the mid of 2000-s, our company could only produce tiny batches, a few hundred grams, of the Inorganic Fullerene-like Tungsten Disulfide (IF-WS2) in a small R&D laboratory. Since then, we’ve drastically scaled up the production and were able to expand our Lab and manufacturing facilities. After a couple of years, a further increase in production was enabled by the construction of a pilot facility in Yavne, followed by the creation of a new manufacturing unit to produce hundreds of kilos of IF-WS2 particles, and a separate line for production of the fully formulated products. Today, our company is specializing in the IF-WS2 powder synthesis process and dispersions of IF-WS2 in various media. My part is to figure out how to reduce all required inputs and minimize our facilities waste.

 

You were at the center of a massive overhaul of the company last year when NanoMaterials applied for the ISO certification. How did it go? 

 

Well, it was a tedious and very challenging process. We were preparing for this important task very seriously.  Although we had a good start as a regulatory oriented organization, there were many new ISO-related requirements. I had to learn and implement new rules. Lucky for me, I have great colleagues. They supported and helped me a lot. As a result of the changes and the enhancement in environmental and quality management performance, our company is now ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified.

 

What sets NIS apart from other nanotechnology companies?

 

First and foremost, it is our unique technology of multi-layered Tungsten Disulfide (WS2) nanoparticles. These structures have a near-spherical shape and submicron size. No other company in the world can replicate what we do: produce IF-WS2 powder, disperse it in various media (oil, grease, solvent, and water). IF-WS2 formulations demonstrate outstanding performance, reduce friction up to 35% and lower wear up to 37 %.

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