RESEARCH TEAM

 

Marioara Avram
Andrei Avram
Catalin Mihai Balan
Catalin Marculescu
Bianca-Catalina Tincu
Tiberiu Burinaru
Date of birth: January 17.1958
Nationality: Romanian
E-mail: marioara.avram@imt.ro
Date of birth: May 10.1984
Nationality: Romanian
E-mail: andrei.avram@imt.ro
Date of birth: November 20.1982
Nationality: Romanian
E-mail: catalin.balan@imt.ro
Date of birth: May 29.1981
Nationality: Romanian
E-mail: catalin.marculescu@imt.ro

Date of birth: 07/05/1992
Nationality: Romanian
e-mail: bianca.tincu@imt.ro

Date of birth: 27/10/1988
Nationality: Romanian
e-mail: tiberiu.burinaru@imt.ro

  • the average age of the team members is 35 years. The team includes 3 Post-Docs, with PhD’s in microfluidic simulation, rheological studies and magneto-phoretic sensors, one PhD student and two master students.
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Date of birth: January 17.1958
Nationality: Romanian
E-mail: marioara.avram@imt.ro

Dr. Marioara Avram (marioara.avram@imt.ro)

BACKGROUND (click for complete C.V. and for the list of publications)

2009-present: Project manager, Senior Scientific Researcher - IMT Bucharest - Scientific interests in micro and nanofluidics, lab-on-a-chip systems, BioMEMS, magnetic immunoassay, process engineering (plasma etching) within the Project SOP-IEC, O.2.1.2 No. 209, ID 665, Microfluidic factory for assisted self-assembly of nanosystems (MICRONANOFAB), 2009-2013,  http://www.imt.ro/MICRONANOFAB.

2007-2009: Project manager, Senior Scientific Researcher - IMT Bucharest
1996-2007: Project manager, Principal Scientific Researcher - IMT Bucharest
1990-1996: Project manager, Principal Scientific Researcher - Research Institute for Electronic Components, Bucharest
2000-2004: PhD Degree - POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest
1988-1994: Bachelors Degree - Engineer, Faculty of Automatics and Computers, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest
1977-1982: Bachelors Degree - Applied Physicist, Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest

Short description

Senior Researcher in the Micro and Nano Fluidics Laboratory, National Institute for R&D in Microtechnologies (IMT-Bucharest); BSc, MSc, Physics, University of Bucharest, 1982; BSc, MSc, Computer Science, University Politehnica Bucharest, 1994; PhD in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laudae, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 2004. Scientific Activities and Responsibilities: Fundamental and applied research with defined innovation objectives; microfluidics, dedicated microstructures, semiconductor sensors for weak magnetic field, surface functionalization. Initiator, principal investigator and manager for several national excellence research projects. Co-investigator for several national and international projects. Research project management - all aspects: scientific guidance, human and financial resources, optimization of communication and task allocation, general supervision, publishing and patenting strategy; training lectures and talks. Development and promotion of scientific partnerships in multidisciplinary research, national and international; Journal reviews: reviewer for following journals: Sensors and Actuators A; Microelectronic Engineering; Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. The WIPO Award for the Best Women Inventor for my invention “Bipolar Magnetotransistor with Enhanced Emitter Injection Modulation and Carrier Deflection, International Exhibition of Inventions, Geneva and Bucharest, October 2006. Gold Medal, for the invention “Microfabrication Procedure for a Spin Valve Magnetotransistor”, International Exhibition of Inventions, Geneva, 2007 and EUREKA, Brussels 2008.

 
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Date of birth: May 10.1984
Nationality: Romanian
E-mail: andrei.avram@imt.ro

Andrei Avram (andrei.avram@imt.ro)

BACKGROUND (click here for complete C.V.)

2009-present: Researcher in Laboratory of Micro and Nano Fluidics – L10, IMT Bucharest - Responsible for the fabrication of microfluidic devices - process engineer for RIE (Reactive Ion Etching) and DRIE (Deep RIE) systems and microfluidic simulations of non-Newtonian fluids implemented within the Project SOP-IEC, O.2.1.2 No. 209, ID 665, Microfluidic factory for assisted self-assembly of nanosystems (MICRONANOFAB), 2009-2013,  http://www.imt.ro/MICRONANOFAB

2005-2009: Researcher in Laboratory of Nanotechnology L1, IMT Bucharest
2009-present: Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest
2007-2008: Master Degree (Optics, Spectroscopy, Plasma and Lasers), Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest
2003-2007: Bachelor's Degree (Physicist), Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest 

Short description

Andrei Avram is a 2nd year PhD student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University Politehnica Bucharest under the supervision of Prof. Horia Gavrila. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest. His dissertation was based on his work in IMT-Bucharest on plasma etching systems. In 2007 he received his Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Physics. Since 2005 he is working at the National Institute for R&D in Microtechnologies - IMT-Bucharest. He has 5 years of experience working in Clean Room environment. In 2008 he started a 9 months working stage at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) where he was responsible for clean room activities for a group of PhD students. Under the close supervision of Prof. Lam Yee Cheong, he has fabricated dielectrophoresis devices, molds for PDMS stamps and microfluidic channels. In IMT-Bucharest he works on different research projects. His main activities within the projects are related to silicon bulk micromachining, and all the technological processes required for the fabrication of microdevices. He also acts as process engineer for plasma etching equipments available in the clean room. As a L10 member, Mr. Andrei Avram will be responsible for establishing the technological processes, the fabrication flux and fabricating the devices.

Ph.D. Topics:

Magnetophoretic system for real time manipulation and separation of particles displaying magnetic properties

- Microfabrication technologies for microfluidic and magnetic systems
- Magnetic manipulation of particles
- Magnetic separation of biological cells

 
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Date of birth: November 20.1982
Nationality: Romanian
E-mail: catalin.balan@imt.ro

Catalin Mihai Balan (catalin.balan@imt.ro)

BACKGROUND (click for complete C.V. and for the list of publications)

2011-present: Post-Doc Position in Laboratory of Micro and Nano Fluidics – L10, IMT Bucharest - with main  interests in design, model, simulate and test micro scale devices for microfluidic applications within the Project SOP-IEC, O.2.1.2 No. 209, ID 665, Microfluidic factory for assisted self-assembly of nanosystems (MICRONANOFAB), 2009 – 2013, http://www.imt.ro/MICRONANOFAB.

2007-2011: Ph.D. Student, REOROM Group (member since 2003), POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest
2007-2010: CNCSIS (The National University Research Council) BD Scholarship Award (CNCSIS Code 73)
2006-2008: MSc in Medical and Clinical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biotechnology Department, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest
2001-2006: BEng in Economical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest

Short description

Catalin Mihai Balan is in a Postdoctoral position within IMT-Bucharest. He holds a PhD Degree from the Faculty of Power Engineering, University Politehnica Bucharest, in Fluid Mechanics with a particularization in microfluidics and rheology. His present responsibilities and interests are manly in designing, modeling, simulating and testing micro scale devices for microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip applications. He is working on experimental and numerical simulation of fluid flows in microchannels. His interests are also focused on working in microfabrication and clean room environment. An important part of the recent research work was related with the phenomena of fluidic mixing at the microscale. He had performed 3D numerical simulations in order to understand and to optimize the mixing at the microscale in a passive micromixer with microspheres. For this numerical simulations it was used the CFD software Fluent for the computation and Gambit to create the geometry. As a L10 member, Mr. Catalin Mihai Balan is mainly responsible for the experimental part of different microfluidic devices with Micro-PIV techniques.

Ph.D. Thesis: MODELING AND CONTROL OF VISCOUS AND VISCOELASTIC FLUIDS IN MICROCHANNELS
(MODELAREA SI CONTROLUL CURGERII FLUIDELOR VASCOASE SI VISCOELASTICE IN MICROCANALE)

 
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Date of birth: May 29.1981
Nationality: Romanian
E-mail: catalin.marculescu@imt.ro

Catalin Marculescu (catalin.marculescu@imt.ro)

BACKGROUND (click for complete C.V. and for the list of publications)

2011-present: Post-Doc Position in Laboratory of Micro and Nano Fluidics – L10, IMT Bucharest - with main  interests in design, model and numerical simulation of micro scale devices for characteristic microfluidic applications implemented within the Project SOP-IEC, O.2.1.2 No. 209, ID 665, Microfluidic factory for assisted self-assembly of nanosystems (MICRONANOFAB), 2009-2013,  http://www.imt.ro/MICRONANOFAB.

2010-2011: Project manager for SC Inform Lykos SA
2009-2010: CFD Consulting engineer for Virtual-Ing SRL
2007-2008: Project director for CNCSIS (The National University Research Council)  TD research grant
2005-2009: PhD student on ‘Hydrodynamics of a chemical reactor for polymerization’, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest in co-tutelle with University Claude Bernard Lyon 1
2000-2005: BEng Mechanics, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest

Short description

Catalin Marculescu is an Assistant Researcher in the Micro and Nano-Fluidics Laboratory from the National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies (IMT Bucharest). He has a PhD degree in Fluid Mechanics and Rheology at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Power Engineering, Hydraulics Department, Reorom Group, in co-tutelage with University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Laboratory of Multimaterials and Interfaces, with two research stages at the latter institution. Also prior to IMT employment, he was employed as CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Consulting Engineer at a specialized consulting company. His present main duties are phenomenological modeling using the commercial numerical code FLUENT, complex geometry and mesh generation, post-processing data in specialized software, corroborated with experimental studies related to fluid flows in micro-channels. The main tasks as a L10 member are related to the phenomenological modeling and experimental investigations.

Ph.D. Thesis: Hydrodynamic study of a chemical reactor for polymerization with applications in the preceramic polymers technology.

 
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Short description of the team and its mission

The Micro- and Nano- Fluidics Laboratory is a direct result of the implementation of the POS CCE 209 project, co-funded from the European Fund for Regional Development. It was formed in August 2010 and it’s composed of five researchers.

General information about the lab personnel is presented below:

  • the average age of the team members is 35 years. The team includes 3 Post-Docs, with PhD’s in microfluidic simulation, rheological studies and magneto-phoretic sensors, one PhD student and two master students
  • Main areas of expertise can be classified as:
  1. experimental nano- and micro- fluidics:  cleanroom processes and chemical procedures for microfluidics; design, fabrication, characterization and simulation of MEMS; micro-PIV measurements - velocity profiles in microchannels; immiscible fluid flows in microchannels; surface tension measurements; hydrodynamic characterization of vortical structure formed in microbifurcations; micro flow visualizations;
  2. modeling, simulation and analysis of nano- and micro- fluidic phenomena Newtonian and non-Newtonian flows:  Phenomenological modeling: single phase and multiphase flows, mixing, turbulence, heat transfer, diffusion process in microchannels, reactions for industrial applications, user defined function implementation for additional flow parameters setting, shear thinning behavior of non-Newtonian fluid flows (with different generalized Newtonian models); complex geometry and mesh generation: 2D and 3D models with structured grids (quadratic and hexahedral finite elements) and unstructured meshes (triangular and tetrahedral, prismatic and polyhedral finite elements), automated scripts for the geometry and mesh generation; post-processing data in specialized software: 2D and 3D physical characterization (e.g. pressure, velocity distributions, streamtraces representations, vectors distributions, etc), particle tracking, 2D and 3D plots, histograms, fluxes and forces reports, automated script generation for all the post-processing data;

Based on its multidisciplinary background and experience, the team aims towards major scientific achievements and recognition in the following areas:

  • Creation of a lab-on-a-chip systems with extensive applicative potential;
  • Modelling of the molecular transport in biological fluids and the physico-chemical modelling of the biological material / substrate interface used for the realization of microfluidic devices;
  • Studies and preliminary experiments on superparamagnetic nanoparticles integration in microfluidic systems;
  • Design and simulation of the micro-nanotechnologies needed to realize integrated lab-on-a-chip system;
  • The development of a magnetophoretic platforms which can be easily integrated into lab-on-a-chips with other subcomponents;
  • The development and characterization of the microfluidics which can deliver multiple solutions for magnetic nanoparticles based immunoassays;
   

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