National Institute for Research & Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry

ICECHIM

G7: Emerging nanotechnologies

About us

Per aspera ad astra Generally speaking, the expression Emerging technologies covers new and potentially powerful technologies that can be considered critical to humanity’s future (for example, genetic manipulation, artificial intelligence, alternate energy and nanotechnology). Thus, even though nanotechnology is itself an emerging technology, when speaking of “Emerging nanotechnologies” we are focusing at new applications, such as environmental protection, cultural heritage protection or development of new construction materials, areas in which the members of the research team possesses recognized expertise, as proven by the published scientific papers, patents and research projects implemented. The research areas covered by the Emerging nanotechnologies group (documented by more than 130 publications in ISI journals, patents and research projects) can be summarized as follows: a. Synthesis, characterization and applications of new nanomaterials for environmental protection; b. Development of new nanomaterials with antimicrobial properties; c. Obtaining of construction materials (based on nanomaterials) with special properties; d. Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for applications related to cultural heritage protection; archaeometry studies. The Emerging Nanotechnologies Group aims to: – Promote the innovation regarding the use of nanomaterials in new, cutting-edge applications; – Implement research collaborations at local level (INCDCP-ICECHIM) and with national and international partners, in the areas for which the group possesses proven expertise; – Develop independent research projects, as presented in the Research projects chapter. The main direction change at group level is represented by the shift from chemical methods for obtaining metallic nanoparticles to “green chemistry” methods, respectively, the phytosynthesis of metallic nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Synthesis, characterization and applications of (natural) surfactants represents the new research area explored by our group. In the same time, our group explores the use of colloidal systems in applications related to the increase of the quality of life (such as industrial applications – detergents-cosmetics, metal processing, textiles, medicine, agriculture and environmental applications). Facebook and Twitter: @EmNanoICECHIM

Team

Team leader, Senior Researcher Ist degree

Dr. Habil.

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Team vice-lider, Senior Researcher IIIrd degree

Dr. eng.

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Senior Researcher Ist degree

Dr. Habil.

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Senior Researcher IInd degree

Conf. Univ. dr.

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Senior Researcher IIIrd degree

Dr. Chem.

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Scientific Researcher

Phd. Chem.

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Scientific Researcher

Chem., PhD Student

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Scientific Researcher

Chem., PhD Student

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Scientific Researcher

Chem., PhD Student

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Research equipment
International projects

Transdisciplinary approach for development of technological solutions for target compounds recovery from agro side-streams

Biowaste valorisation is an attractive approach in the framework of the EU Waste Management policies and the development of a circular economy.

Danube WATER integrated management

The strategic project “Danube Water Integrated Management” was implemented in the period 2012-2015 and was financed under the Romania-Bulgaria Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.

National projects

Innovative multifunctional composites for the protection of cultural heritage objects

The InHeritage project aims to develop new multilayer composite materials with multiple functions (consolidation, self-cleaning and antimicrobial) applicable for the preservation of various inorganic substrates.

Formulations of protective cosmetic products obtained by applying integrated and sustainable bioeconomy approaches

The BioProtect project proposes the use of nanomaterials both as an active ingredient and as a delivery system for bioactive compounds recovered from grape by-products for the development of cosmetics.

Antimicrobial nanocomposites based on polyurethane foam for biomedical applications, synthesized by radiation assisted technology

The main objective of this project is to make a functional model of nanocomposite materials based on polyurethane foam and Ag Np and/or Cu-Au Np, for biomedical applications (i.e. mattresses, surface coverings, floor mats, etc.).

Integrated technology for advanced removal of heavy metals and arsenic from complex matrices using adsorbent nanomaterials

The aim of the project is the transfer and development of a depollution technology for water with high concentrations of heavy metals and arsenic found in a complex polluting matrix to an economic agent with experience in environmental protection

High performance phytosynthesized nanostructures as biosensor platforms for detecting pathogenic microorganism from food matrices

The concept of the NanoBIOPAT project is based on a modern and “green ” method of obtaining mono and bimetallic nanostructures using natural extracts from cruciferous vegetables, to obtain sensing platforms to detect microbial pathogens

Through nanotechnology towards the next generation dental restorative materials

The main goal of the NanoDent project is to propose a potential dental restorative material with simultaneous antibacterial properties and enhanced mechanical strength.

Selection and design of biostimulants using electrochemical sensors and fluorescent bioanalysis: filling the gap between industry and science

The aim of the project is to screen / evaluate biostimulants with a method based on electrochemical sensors modified selectively for reactive oxygen / nitrogen species.

Evaluation of the exploatation potential potential of porous materials in the treatment of microbiotarelated diseasss

The scope of the current project proposal is to develop novel micro- and mesoporous materials using modern synthesis methods and to functionalize these materials as drug delivery systems.

Comprehensive approach to support precision agriculture and environmental management through satellite technologies and classic methods of investigation

The overall objective of the project is to develop and implement an alert system for precision agriculture and environmental management by identifying air pollution events and extreme weather events.

Green technology for pharmaceuticals removal from water using eco-friendly oxidation catalysts

This project proposes a new and innovative class of ozonation catalysts with a morphology that assures an easy contact of ozone and pollutants with solid surface (thin-films) and green and cheaper technology for catalyst preparation.

Treatment of water from sources contaminated with nitrates and chlorinated organic compounds using integrated catalytic reduction / oxidation and biofiltration processes

The aim of the project is the transfer and development of a technology for water depollution from sources contaminated with nitrates and chlorinated organic compounds (pesticides and their degradation products), efficient and economically feasible

AI & Earth Observation based services for cultural heritage monitoring

AIRFARE aims to integrate several advanced techniques, such as artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI / ML), with change detection techniques based on Earth observation (EO) data from multiple sensors.

Complex multidisciplinary project for monitoring, conservation, protection and promotion of the Romanian cultural heritage

The RO-CHER project proposes an innovative multidisciplinary methodology that integrates high-level scientific expertise for the safeguarding of cultural heritage.

Nanotechnology – innovative approach with the development of materials and techniques for safeguarding cultural heritage

The aim of the project is to provide practical solutions based on new antifungal recipes, to reduce the impact of biodegradation of objects and objectives belonging to cultural heritage.

Integrated management (conservation, restoration, protection) of cultural heritage objectives

The project aims to meet conservators / restorers demands as an aid measure, both by proposing useful measures / strategies in this field, and by the integrated use of techniques developed on the basis of exact sciences.

Promoting cultural heritage using current digital reconstruction technologies

Digital reconstruction presents known theoretical and practical aspects, being today a consecrated term in the field of conservation and restoration of cultural and historical heritage.

Increasing the institutional capacity of bioeconomic research for the innovative exploitation of the local vegetal resources, in order to obtain horticultural products with high added value

The project will provide the necessary support for the creation and development of a complementary research chain in the bio-economy, which aims to achieve a high level of international recognition.

Development of plant extracts and innovative phytosynthesized nanostructures mixtures with phytotherapeutic applications in order to reduce biocenotic stress in horticultural crops

In recent decades, in the scientific field of nanotechnology there has been a high interest in obtaining and characterizing nanometric architectures obtained by the methods of “green chemistry”.

Results
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Conferences
  • Patents
  • Other
Publications

Radu Claudiu Fierascu

Incorporation of Nanomaterials in Glass Ionomer Cements—Recent Developments and Future Perspectives: A Narrative Review

Nanomaterials, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2022 Article number 3827

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Ioana Catalina Fierascu, Irina Fierascu, Anda Maria Baroi, Camelia Ungureanu, Alina Ortan, Sorin Marius Avramescu, Raluca Somoghi, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Cristina Elena Dinu-Parvu

Phytosynthesis of Biological Active Silver Nanoparticles Using Echinacea purpurea L. Extracts

Materials, Volume 15, Issue 20, 2022, Article number 7327

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Toma Fistos, Irina Fierascu, Mihaela Doni, Irina Elena Chican, Radu Claudiu Fierascu

A Short Overview of Recent Developments in the Application of Polymeric Materials for the Conservation of Stone Cultural Heritage Elements

Materials, Volume 15, Issue 18, 2022, Article number 6294

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Florentina Monica Raduly, Radu Claudiu Fierăscu

Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials Used to Improve the Environment and Human Health

Crystals, Volume 12, Issue 9, 2022, Article number 1273

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Camelia Ungureanu, Gratiela Teodora Tihan, Roxana Gabriela Zgârian, Irina Fierascu, Anda Maria Baroi, Silviu Răileanu, Radu Claudiu Fierăscu

Metallic and Metal Oxides Nanoparticles for Sensing Food Pathogens—An Overview of Recent Findings and Future Prospects

Materials, Volume 15, Issue 15, Article number 5374

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Books

Irina Fierăscu, Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Liliana Cristina Soare

Development of plant extracts and innovative phytosynthesized nanostructures mixtures with phytotherapeutic applications, in order to reduce biocenotic stress in horticultural crops

Ruse Press, Ruse (2021)

978-619-91466-2-0

Irina Fierascu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Elwira Sieniawska

Advanced techniques for recovery of active compounds from food by-products

In: Valorization of Agri-Food Wastes and By-Products Recent Trends, Innovations and Sustainability Challenges 2021, Pages 693-710, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-824044-1.00004-0

978-0-12-824044-1

Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Irina Fierascu, Mihaela Doni (Editors)

Archaeometrical study of selected objectives from Golești Museum of Viticulture and Pomiculture

Ruse Press, 2020

ISBN: 978-619-91466-1-3

Elwira Sieniawska, Alina Ortan, Irina Fierascu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu

Procyanidins in Food

In: Handbook of Dietary Phytochemicals, Jianbo Xiao, Satyajit D. Sarker, Yoshinori Asakawa (Editors), Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020, ISBN: 978-981-13-1745-3, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1745-3_43-1

978-981-13-1745-3

Sorin Marius Avramescu, Kalsoom Akhtar, Irina Fierascu, Sher Bahadar Khan, Fayaz Ali and Abdullah M. Asiri (Editors)

Engineered Nanomaterials. Health and Safety

IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.83105, 2020

978-1-83881-088-7

Conferences

R.C. Fierascu

The use of nuclear techniques and associated techniques in the study of objects belonging to the cultural heritage

National debate on the built heritage of the rural environment and its state of conservation, November 28, 2019, Golești Museum of Viticulture and Pomiculture, Romania

R.C. Fierascu, R.I. Brazdis, I. Farcasanu, L. Ruta, L.M. Ditu, A.N. Sutan, C.A. Nicolae, V. Raditoiu, R. Somoghi, C.L. Soare

Decorated apatitic materials: synthesis, characterization and potential application

Priorities of chemistry for a sustainable development – PRIOCHEM 15th Edition, 30th October – 01st November 2019, Bucharest, Romania

I. Fierascu, R.I. Brazdis, A. Stirban, A.C. Leahu, L.M. Ditu, P. Fotea, R.C. Fierascu

Non-invasive treatment based on nanomaterials for cultural heritage objects

Priorities of chemistry for a sustainable development – PRIOCHEM 15th Edition, 30th October – 01st November 2019, Bucharest, Romania

I.E. Chican, I.L. Calancea, D. Varasteanu, R. Petre , I. Fierascu , E.G. Curca, G. Surdu

Evaluation of Peroxide-Based Compositions Containing Amino Acid Surfactants

Priorities of chemistry for a sustainable development – PRIOCHEM 15th Edition, 30th October – 01st November 2019, Bucharest, Romania

R.C. Fierascu, I. Fierascu, A. Moanta

Models of environmental impact assesment of emerging technologies from chemical and cement industry

Priorities of chemistry for a sustainable development – PRIOCHEM 15th Edition, 30th October – 01st November 2019, Bucharest, Romania

Patents

Toma Fistos, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Roxana Ioana Brazdis (Matei), Anda Maria Baroi, Irina Fierascu, Mihaela Alina Melinescu, Anton Ficai, Denisa Ficai, Lia Mara Ditu, Carmen Curutiu

Hydrophobic coating with self-cleaning and antimicrobial properties for artificial elements of vernacular constructions and method of obtaining it

A00773/2022

Adriana Moanță, Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Ionela Petre, Mohanu Ileana, Paceagiu Jenica, Irina Fierăscu

Mortar with antimicrobial properties, designed for the protection of buildings and/or historical monuments

133614/ 2022

Alina Ortan, Simona Spinu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Anda Baroi, Irina Fierascu, Toma Fistos

Patent application – Ecological extracts from burdock waste – obtaining process and potential therapeutic use

A-00187/2022

Sorin Marius Avramescu, Corina Bradu, Elena-Alina Olaru, Angel-Vasile Nica, Irina Fierascu, Roxana Ioana Brazdiș, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Toma Fistoș, Sorin-Claudiu Ulinici

Patent application – Process and Material Obtained by Ecological Methods for Catalytic Oxidation of Some Organic Pollutants

A-00162/2022

Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Roxana Ioana Brazdiș, Irina Fierascu, Anda Maria Baroi, Sorin Marius Avramescu, Corina Bradu, Elena-Alina Olaru, Angel-Vasile Nica, Sorin-Claudiu Ulinici

Patent application – Process and Material Obtained by Green Chemistry Methods for Catalytic Oxidation of Emerging Micropollutants

A-00163/2022

Other

Alina Ortan, Simona Spinu, Radu Fierascu, Anda Baroi, Irina Fierascu, Toma Fistos

Ecological extracts from burdock waste obtaining process and potential therapeutic use @ INVENTICA 2022 – Silver medal, other awards

Sorin Marius Avramescu, Corina Bradu, Elena-Alina Olaru, Angel-Vasile Nica, Irina Fierascu, Roxana Ioana Brazdis, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Toma Fistos, Sorin-Claudiu Ulinici

Process and adsorbent material for adsorption of organic pollutants from aqueous solutions – 00123/2022 @ INVENTICA 2022 – Gold medal, other awards

Roxana Ioana Brazdis, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Anda Maria Baroi, Irina Fierascu, Toma Fistos

Process and adsorbent material for adsorption of organic pollutants from aqueous solutions – 00123/2022 @ INVENTICA 2022 – Gold medal, other awards

Alina Ortan, Simona Spinu, Radu Fierascu, Anda Baroi, Irina Fierascu, Toma Fistos

Ecological extracts from burdock waste obtaining process and potential therapeutic use @ IDEA 2022 – Szolnok, Hungary – Certificate of Appreciation + IDEA Gold Medal , Certificate of Appreciation – Association for the Protection and Information of the Citizen, Special Award – UPT Timisoara, Special Award – Corneliu Group

Irina Elena Chican, Dana Simona Varasteanu, Irina Fierascu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Tanta Verona Iordache

Solutions based on ecological surfactants used for the neutralization of chemical warfare agents @ EUROINVENT 2022 – Gold medal, other awards