RESEARCH TEAM

The Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory (L9) was established in 2008. The research team has an interdisciplinary potential and it is strongly committed to delivering research, development and innovation solutions for partners.

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Head of laboratory —Dr. Radu Cristian Popa (radu.popa@imt.ro)

Radu Cristian Popa received a MSc in Electrical Engineering (Applied Electronics) from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (1989), and a PhD in Quantum Engineering and Systems Science at University of Tokyo (1998).

He was assistant professor in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (1991- 2001), and Senior Researcher at the Science Solutions Intn. Lab., Inc., Tokyo (1998-2003), where he conducted industrial research projects, mainly in numerical modeling and analysis of complex phenomena and devices. 2003-2006, he was invited researcher at the University of Tuebingen, Germany and then became Development Director at Neurostar, GmbH, Germany, designing and developing hardware and software solutions for functional neurosurgery and neuroscience systems related to brain microelectrode exploration and recording, and medical imaging. Radu Popa joined IMT Bucharest in 2007 and is presently director of the Center for Integrated Systems Nanotechnologies And Carbon Based Nanomaterials, that is currently under development at IMT-Bucharest. Main scientific interests include electronic transport analysis and sensing solutions for single-molecule identification.

 
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Antonio Marian Radoi (antonio.radoi@imt.ro)


He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry in 2001 and 2003, respectively, both from Universitatea din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania. In 2006 he received the PhD degree in Chemistry from the Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy. Since 2007 he was a postdoctoral researcher (ATER) at the Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, France.

He joined in 2009 the Molecular Nanotechnology Lab (L9) at the National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies. Currently his research activity is focused on biosensors, electroanalysis, nanoscience & nanotechnology.

Papers published: http://www.researcherid.com/

 
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Lucia Monica Veca (monica.veca@imt.ro)


She holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from Babes-Bolyai University (1999), a M.S. degree in materials science and engineering from University of Pitesti (2001), and a PhD degree in chemistry from Clemson University (2009). She joined the National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies IMT-Bucharest in 2010, working as Research Scientist in the Laboratory for Molecular Nanotechnology.

From 2005 to 2009, while pursuing her PhD, she has developed carbon nano-materials with improved electrical, thermal and optical properties, under the mentorship of Prof. Ya-Ping Sun. For her doctoral research accomplishments she has been awarded the 2009 Outstanding Graduate Researcher and 2008 Graduate Research Incentive Program Award, by the department of Chemistry at Clemson University. She has authored and coauthored 17 peer-reviewed articles, 1 review article and 4 chapters in books on nanomaterials. Her research interest focuses on the synthesis, electronic and optical properties of carbon based nano-scale functional materials with applications in optoelectronics and biology or medicine. Her other scientific interests revolves around the molecular assembly of nanomaterials and organic molecules.

Papers published: http://www.researcherid.com/

 
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Titus Sandu (titus.sandu@imt.ro)


He obtained a BSc in Physics (1989) and Mathematics (1997) from the University of Bucharest, and a MS (1999) and a PhD (2002) in physics from Texas A&M University in USA.
He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Texas at Arlington, Electrical Engineering Department, from January 2003 to May 2003, at Arizona State University

Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, from May 2003 to June 2005, and the University of Montreal in Canada, Chemistry Department, Canada, from July 2005 to July 2007.Since July 2010, Dr. Titus Sandu is a senior researcher at IMT-Bucharest.

Research interests and experience include: electronic structure and optical properties of materials (crystals, molecules and low dimensional nanostructures); ab-initio and empirical methods; quantum transport in nanostructures; ab-initio molecular dynamics (Car-Parrinello); computational plasmonics; dielectric response of living cells; dynamical systems; computational Physics.

He coordinated the national funded Ideas project “Dielectric modeling of biological cells and heterostructures by using efficient algorithms for boundary integral methods" (PNII 2007-2010). Currently, he is involved in a post-doctoral program funded by the EU with a Micro- and Nanotechnology topic regarding the interaction of low-dimensional systems with electromagnetic/phonon fields (2010-2013).

Papers published: http://www.researcherid.com/

 
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Victor Leca (victor.leca@imt.ro)


He received the B.Sc. (1994) and M.Sc. (1996) in materials science from University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, and in 2003 the Ph.D. in materials science from University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology, The Netherlands, on heteroepitaxial growth of copper oxide superconductors by pulsed laser deposition.

From 1994 to 1997, he was with the Research and Development Institute for Electrical Engineering, Bucharest, where he was involved on research on bulk copper-based superconductors. In 1997 he became an Assistant Professor at the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Faculty of Industrial Chemistry, Materials Science Department. Between 1994 and 2001, he received two Tempus research fellowships, one Nuffic research grant, one research grant from Romanian Ministry of Education, and two ESF research grants, and from 2003 to 2011 he was a postdoctoral fellow within the Institute for Experimental Physics II, University of Tübingen, Tübingen-Germany. He is now a scientific researcher at National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies, IMT-Bucharest, and at Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest.
Main research activities: synthesis and physical-chemical characterization of thin films and superlattices with superconducting, ferromagnetic, dielectric, ferroelectric properties; development of new synthesis methods for obtaining thin films of complex oxides with controllable morphological, structural and electrical transport properties suitable for their application to fabrication of planar heterostructures by pulsed laser ablation (e.g., YBa2Cu3O7, Sr1‑xLaxCuO2, MgB2, SrRuO3, BaTiO3, SrTiO3, La1‑xCexMnO3, La1‑xCaxMnO3) or by sputtering (e.g., Nb); development of surface chemical and physical etching methods for single crystal substrates (e.g., SrTiO3, NdGaO3, LSAT, KTaO3, SrLaAlO3, etc.) in order to control the chemistry and morphology of the surface terminating layer; development or improvement of the technology for the fabrication of grain boundary or ramp-type Josephson junctions based on YBa2Cu3O7 or Sr1‑xLaxCuO2; characterization tools: XRD, RHEED, SEM, TEM, AFM, EDAX, DTA; transport and magnetic measurements at low temperatures; training of students in thin film growth methods (PLD, sputtering, e-beam evaporation), characterization tools, and optical lithography.

Papers published: http://www.researcherid.com/

 
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Cristina Pachiu (cristina.pachiu@imt.ro)

 

She is senior researcher at IMT-Bucuresti since 2004 and she was awarded the physics-engineering degree of the University of Bucharest (Romania- Faculty of Physics) in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree in Physics – acoustics field in 2007 at the University of Le Havre –France (Laboratoire Ondes et Milieux Complexes FRE CNRS 3102, 76610 Le Havre, France).

Her main research interest it has been the interaction of ultrasonic guided waves with structural discontinuities or defects (welded joint, bonding, surface roughness), the modeling of acoustic structures, using the finite element method, new devices for high-frequency applications and smart materials piezoelectric.
She held a postdoctoral position with the main focus being the propagation of ultrasonic wave in periodically structured materials (phononic crystals – P.C.): study of the propagation properties of ultrasonic waves for the characterization of the physical parameters of PC, detection and fault location for the nondestructive evaluation of phononic structures; modeling and identification of interactions sensors - wave – phononic materials; multidimensional treatment (time - frequency - wave vector - position) for these materials.
She coordinated three national projects (Nucleu and Infratech Programme):“Packaging technology for pressure sensors in home applications - Technology Transfer” Infratech (2006-2007); ”System in Package for gas sensors with the applications in CH4 and CO2 monitoring processes - Technology Transfer” (2007-2008); “Developmentmicro and nanostructures for DNA detection: design, modeling/simulation andmicro fabrication” (2006-2008).

 
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