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

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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

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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 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 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.

Results


  • Publications
  • Books
  • Conferences
  • Patents
  • Other
Publications

Ungureanu, Camelia; Fierascu, Irina; Fierascu, Radu Claudiu

Sustainable Use of Cruciferous Wastes in Nanotechnological Applications

Coatings 2022, 12(6), 769

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Petrisor, Gabriela; Ficai, Denisa; Motelica, Ludmila; Trusca, Roxana Doina; Bîrcă, Alexandra Cătălina; Vasile, Bogdan Stefan; Voicu, Georgeta; Oprea, Ovidiu Cristian; Semenescu, Augustin; Ficai, Anton; Popitiu, Mircea Ionut; Fierascu, Irina; Fierascu, Radu Claudiu; Radu, Elena Lacramioara; Matei, Lilia; Dragu, Laura Denisa; Pitica, Ioana Madalina; Economescu, Mihaela; Bleotu, Coralia

Mesoporous Silica Materials Loaded with Gallic Acid with Antimicrobial Potential

Nanomaterials, 12, 10, 2022, 1648

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Paunescu, Alina; Soare, Liliana Cristina; Fierascu, Irina; Fierascu, Radu Claudiu; Mihaescu, Cristina Florina; Tofan, Lucica; Ponepal, Cristina Maria

Ecotoxicological Studies on the Action of Actara 25 WG Insecticide on Prussian Carp (Carassius gibelio) and Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ridibundus)

Toxics, 10, 3, 2022,114

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Baroi, Anda Maria; Popitiu, Mircea; Fierascu, Irina; Sărdărescu, Ionela-Daniela; Fierascu, Radu Claudiu

Grapevine Wastes: A Rich Source of Antioxidants and Other Biologically Active Compounds

Antioxidants, 11, 2, 2022, 393

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Avramescu, Sorin Marius; Fierascu, Irina; Fierascu, Radu Claudiu; Brazdis, Roxana Ioana; Nica, Angel Vasile; Butean, Claudia; Olaru, Elena Alina; Ulinici, Sorin; Verziu, Marian Nicolae; Dumitru, Anca

Removal of Paracetamol from Aqueous Solutions by Photocatalytic Ozonation over TiO2-MexOy Thin Films

Nanomaterials, 12, 4, 2022, 613

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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

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

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

Patent application – Process and Absorbent Material for Absorption of Organic Pollutants from Aqueous Solutions

A-00123/2022

Chican Irina Elena, Vărăşteanu Dana Simona, Fierăscu Irina, Fierăscu Radu Claudiu, Iordache Tanţa Verona

Patent application – Solutions based on environmentally friendly surfactants to neutralize chemical warfare agents

A 2021 – 00484 / 2021

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