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RESEARCH TEAM

Laboratory’s research team has multidisciplinary expertise and includes 6 senior researchers (with background in physics and chemistry), and 3 young researchers (with background in physics, engineering and biology).

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Chem. Adina Boldeiu (Bragaru) (adina.boldeiu@imt.ro)

She received the Diploma degree in chemistry in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree in chemistry (PhD thesis - Nanostructurated modified surfaces and their applications) in 2011 from the University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania.
Her research area includes:

  • preparation of the nanostructurated silicon (porous silicon) functional sensing layers and respectively nanostructurated silicon microparticles for drug delivery;
  • chemical modification of the nanostructurated surfaces;
  • development of layer-by-layer self-assembled technology on different substrates like silicon, ITO, Nafion;
  • synthesis and study of different nanoparticles, including size distribution analysis using dynamic light scattering method, as well as Zeta potential surface charging;
  • preparation of nanocomposite structures like polymer – nanoparticle assemblies.

She is the IMT principal investigator of PN II-PCCA national funded research project “Array structures for prevention, individualized diagnosis and treatment in cancers with high risk of incidence and mortality” (2012-2014), coordinated by Institute of Oncology Bucharest.

She is the contact person for DelsaNano (Beckman Coulter, USA) equipment - MINAFAB

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Phys. Cosmin Romanitan (cosmin.romanitan@imt.ro)

He received BSc in 2014 in physics at University of Bucharest – Department of Theoretical Physics. The theme of his bachelor thesis was “Proton-proton collider at high energy” in ATLAS project.
Besides this area of interest, he is currently involved in investigation of the fundamental parameters of materials mainly by X-ray diffraction based analyses and also their electrical properties.
During 2014-2016 he attends the MSc in Theoretical and Computational Physics at University of Bucharest.

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Phys. Iuliana Mihalache (iuliana.mihalache@imt.ro)

She received BSc (2009) and master degree (2011) in physics from Bucharest University - Department of Physics for Advanced Materials and Nanostructures.
The theme of her dissertation thesis was ‘Optical analogies in graphene’ and she established a quantitative analogy between electromagnetic field propagation in media with periodic refractive indices and ballistic propagation of electrons in graphene layer. She is currently PhD student at Solid State Physics Department, University of Bucharest, the project research being focused on opto-electrical properties of carbon based nanomaterials.

Also, she is the contact person for FLS920P spectrometer (Edinburgh Instruments, UK) - MINAFAB, which allows combined time resolved and steady state fluorescence spectroscopy as well as quantum yield measurements.

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Biol. Melania Banu (melania.banu@imt.ro)

She received BSc in 2013 in biology at University of Bucharest - Faculty of Biology - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 
In 2015, she received MSc in Biology at the Department of Applied Genetics and Biotechnology. The subject of her dissertation thesis was “Design and testing of microarray chips for SNP detection” and she developed a nanowire-based platform. In comparison with the commercial glass substrate for microarray she established an enhanced statistical recognition of KRAS and BRCA1 single nucleotide mutations on the nano-structured surface.
During 2015-2018 she attends the PhD programme in Biological Sciences at University of Bucharest.

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Laboratory Head —Dr. Mihaela Kusko (mihaela.kusko@imt.ro)

Dr. Mihaela Kusko obtained the B.Sc. degree (1998) in Solid State Physics and the PhD degree (2006) in physics / nanotechnology, both from Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest.


Since 1998 she joined IMT-Bucharest, where her main research activities are in the field of nanobiotechnologies, from study of nanomaterials and nanostructures to their integration in complex devices. The foreseen applications cover a broad area, including silicon based devices for drug delivery, miniaturized fuel cells, optoelectronic biosensors and lab-on-a chip systems for diagnosis.

She coordinated national funded ideas project  “Study of membrane - electro-catalyst nanocomposite assemblies on silicon for fuel cell application” (PNII 2007-2010) and also partnership projects as “Integrated system of microreservoirs on silicon for drug delivery” (PNI 2003-2007) and “Miniaturised power source for portable electronics realized by 3D assembling of complex hybrid micro and nanosystems” (PNII 2007-2010). Currently, she is the coordinator of national funded partnership project “Multiplexed platform for HPV genotyping – MultiplexGen” (PNII- PCCA 2014-2016), aiming to develop an integrated system for HPV genotyping.

Since 2011 she is the leader of the Romanian team in the FP7-NMP-2010-LARGE-4 Collaborative Project “Development of reference methods for hazard identification, risk assessment and LCA of engineered nanomaterials - NanoValid” (2011-2015) and, more recently in LIFE+ project (Environment Policy and Governance) “Development of an interactive tool for the implementation of environmental legislation in Nanoparticle manufacturers - i-NANOTOOL” (2013-2015), both in the nanosafety area.

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Dr. Mihai Mihaila (mihai.mihaila@imt.ro)

M. Mihaila holds a Ph. D. in physical electronics (1997, Politech. Univ. Bucharest). From 1971 till 1996 he was with ICCE - Bucharest, while from 1996 to 2003 he was a principal research scientist at National Inst. of Microtechnology (IMT). In 2003, he joined Honeywell Advanced Technology Center, Sensors Laboratory – Bucharest and left it in 2015 as senior principal research scientist. In 2015, he came back to IMT as a research scientist I. He is recognized for the discovery of the phonon excitation mechanisms in noise and phonon fluctuation spectroscopy (US patent 7612551B1, 2009). He has more than 125 publications, 20 USA patents (23 pending), 5 EU patents, 1-Japan, 1-China, 3 pending - India. Since 1999, he is a member (associate) of the Romanian Academy.


His main areas of expertise are in: Solid-state electronics; Fluctuations in semiconductors, semiconductor  devices, metals and small-dimensional structures; Noise spectroscopy, with emphasis on nanospectroscopy for nanostructures and nanomaterials characterization; nanotechnology and nanosensor physics; nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanodevices characterization and their application in sensing and energy conversion; new sensing mechanisms/principles and sensing structures; crystallographic defect engineering and characterization.

He acted as director and principal investigator of the MATNANTECH project (Masuratori de zgomot electronic in nanomateriale: o noua metoda de investigare, 2002-2004); principal investigator in the EU – NEMSIC - Hybrid Nano-Electro-Mechanical/Integrated Circuit Systems for Sensing and Power Management Applications (2008-2012) – his results in this project were declared the NEMSIC highlight in 2012; principal investigator of the structural project NovoCELL (2010-2013); team member of the EU - SOI-HITS (2014-2015) – this project won the 2015 EU Innovation Award Competition

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Phys. Mihai Danila (mihai.danila@imt.ro)

He received BSc (1991) in physics at University of Bucharest and is senior researcher since 2003, being specialist in X-ray related investigation methods & processes and authorised personnel for work with nuclear (ionising) radiations (CNCAN), Level 2 Permit nr.148/2000.

He was coordinator of a national funded PN-II-‘Capacitati’ project for development of the public infrastructure “High resolution X-ray diffractometry laborator (LADRIX)” (2007- 2010) and he is the contact person for  SmartLab Thin film Difraction System (Rigaku) – MINAFAB, which allows ultra-high resolution triple axis multiple reflection.

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Dr. Monica Simion (monica.simion@imt.ro)

She is senior researcher at IMT since 1996 and she has a PhD in Engineering from University ‘Politehnica’ Bucharest since 2011.

She has a strong expertise in biomedicine area, starting with fabrication and characterization of silicon based nanostructurated materials (porous silicon) for biomedical applications and going forward to development of experimental protocols based on microarray technology for biomolecular recognition envisaging clinical diagnosis applications, as HPV detection or allergy diagnosis.

Dr. M. Simion led the research activities for obtaining of new substrates for microarray technology, our group being one of the first which reported results for porous silicon as a valid substrate for DNA/proteins microarray chip. Her last coordinated projects were: the national funded PNII project “Multi alergen biochip realised by microarray technology -MAMA” (2007-2010) and also FP7-MNT-ERA project “A system-in-a-microfluidic package approach for focused diagnostic DNA microchips – DNASIP”. 

Moreover, she is the contact person for Micro-Nano Plotter (OmniGrid) and Microarray Scanner - GeneTAC UC4 (Genomic Solutions Ltd., UK)MINAFAB, currently used for microarray spot plotting and scanning.

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Phys. Pericle Varasteanu (pericle.varasteanu@imt.ro))

He received M.Sc degree in physics (2016) from Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest – Department of Medical Physics. The theme of his dissertation thesis was “Simulation study of heavy ions in medical applications”, where he simulated the human tissue starting from its elemental composition and he studied the deposited energy in the Bragg peak region using GEANT4 software.His technical skills and research areas cover: R scripting, Matlab, Surface Plasmon Resonance analysis for nanomedicine applications, FDTD simulations of plasmonic heterostructures and SPR biosensors.

 

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Dr. Razvan Pascu (razvan.pascu@imt.ro)

He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in electronics in 2010, from the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology. In 2012 he became Master of Science in Microsystems and three years later (2015) he obtained the PhD degree in the field of Electronics and Telecommunications, granted by the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology (University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest). Title of thesis: SiC Sensors for harsh environments: models and technologies.

His research activities: fabrication and characterization of Schottky diodes for temperature sensors and MOS sensor arrays for gas detection based on silicon carbide (SiC). These activities include: design and micro-fabrication of the electronic devices based on SiC, electrical characterization and data processing in order to obtain the main features of the devices under test and data interpretation obtained by a series of analysis both micro-physical and electrical.

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Chem. Teodora Ignat (teodora.ignat@imt.ro)

She received BSc in 2002 in chemistry at University of Babes-Bolyai Cluj, Romania and the PhD degree in chemistry from University of Bucharest, Romania in 2011 when she defended the thesis “Thin organic layers deposited on silicon substrate”.

Part of the PhD research has been realised during the Marie Curie Grant at Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics - l'Ecole Polytechnique Paris in the field of preparation and electrochemical characterization of the gold nano-islands as support for acids thiols immobilization by SAMs in order to obtain biosensors and respectively Research Grantdedicated to development of surface engineering techniques to investigate inorganic-biomolecular interfaces at INASMET- Tecnalia, Dept. of Biomaterials and Nanotechnologies (San Sebastian, Spain).

 

She was coordinator of the CNCSIS grant research project Development of new methods for realization of self-assembled thin organic films on silicon with biomedical applications” (2007-2009).

She is the contact person for DelsaNano (Beckman Coulter, USA) equipment - MINAFAB.
   

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