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 IIIrd degree

Dr. Chem.

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Research Assistant

Chem.

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Research Assistant

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Research Assistant

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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


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.

Results


  • Publications
  • Books
  • Conferences
  • Patents
  • Other
Publications

Roxana Ioana Brazdis, Irina Fierascu, Sorin Marius Avramescu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu

Recent progress in the application of hydroxyapatite for the adsorption of heavy metals from water matrices

Materials, 14, 22, 2021, 6898

10.3390/ma14226898

Irina Fierascu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Toma Fistos, Ludmila Motelica, Ovidiu Oprea, Adrian Nicoara, Anton Ficai, Alexandru Stirban, Maria-Similia Zgarciu

Non-invasive microanalysis of a written page from the Romanian heritage “The Homiliary of Varlaam (Cazania lui Varlaam)”

Microchemical Journal, 16, 2021, 106345

000672854800002

Elena-Ruxandra Radu, Denis Mihaela Panaitescu, Cristian-Andi Nicolae, Raluca Augusta Gabor, Valentin Rădiţoiu, Sergiu Stoian, Elvira Alexandrescu, Radu Fierăscu, Ioana Chiulan

The Soil Biodegradability of Structured Composites Based on Cellulose Cardboard and Blends of Polylactic Acid and Polyhydroxybutyrate

Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 29, 2310–2320 (2021)

000609048800001

Cristina Modrogan, Simona Cǎprǎrescu, Annette Madelene Dǎncilǎ, Oanamari Daniela Orbuleț, Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu, Violeta Purcar, Valentin Radițoiu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu

Modified composite based on magnetite and polyvinyl alcohol: Synthesis, characterization, and degradation studies of the methyl orange dye from synthetic wastewater

Polymers, 13, 22, 2021, 3911

10.3390/polym13223911

Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Enrico Sassoni, Alina Catrinel Ion, Anton Ficai, Elwira Sieniawska

Editorial: Degradation of Cultural Heritage Artifacts: From Archaeometry to Materials Development

Frontiers in Materials, 8, 2021, 719685

000673947700001

Books

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

Alina Ruxandra Eugenia Ortan, Irina Fierascu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu

Elements of biophysics. Second edition, Revised, Expanded and Updated

ID Print, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2019, ISBN 978-619-90977-6-2

978-619-90977-6-2

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

Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Irina Fierăscu, Adriana Moanță, Ionela Petre

Antimicrobial pulverisable solution for treatment, consolidation and protection of inorganic surfaces of buildings and/or historical monuments

133306/2021

Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Irina Fierăscu, Roxana Ioana Brazdiș, Anda Maria Baroi, Alina Orțan

Patent application – Antimicrobial coating and with a protective role for natural stone surfaces with cultural value and method of obtaining it

A00072/2020

Irina Fierăscu, Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Toma Fistos, Cristina Liliana Soare, Camelia Ungureanu, Diana Vizitiu

Patent application – Natural fungicidal composition for combating grapevine downy mildew and method of obtaining it

A00073/2020

Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Irina Fierăscu, Roxana-Ioana Brazdiș, Anda Maria Baroi, Alexandru Știrban, Ariana Codruța Leahu, Alina Orțan

Patent application – Antimicrobial spray solution for the restoration / preservation of leather substrates and the method of obtaining it

A00074/2020

Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Irina Fierăscu, Valentin Radițoiu

Patent application – Adsorbant with magnetic properties based on apatitic material for the treatment of impurified waters with organic and inorganic compounds and the method of obtaining it

A00380/2019

Other

Inventiile prezentate de Grupul Nanotehnologii Emergente la The International Exhibition of Research, Innovations and Inventions PRO INVENT 2021

Trophy and Excellence Diploma, University Politehnica of Bucharest

Soluție antimicrobiană pulverizabilă utilizată pentru tratarea, consolidarea și protecția suprafețelor anorganice ale clădirilor și/sau monumentelor istorice, brevet de inventie RO 133306 B1 / 2021, Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Irina Fierăscu, Adriana Moanță, Ionela Petre

Gold Medal at The International Exhibition of Research, Innovations and Inventions PRO INVENT 2021

Material compozit antimicrobian și cu rol de consolidare a suprafețelor din lemn cu valoare culturală și metodă de obținere a acestuia, Cerere de brevet de inventie A00251/2021, Irina Fierascu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Roxana Ioana Brazdis, Anda Maria Baroi, Alina-Ruxandra-Eugenia Ortan, Augusta Raluca Gabor, Cristian-Andi Nicolae

Silver medal at The International Exhibition of Research, Innovations and Inventions PRO INVENT 2021

Abordare transdisciplinară pentru dezvoltarea de soluții tehnologice în vederea recuperării de compuși țintă din fluxurile laterale agricole – E!13365/TARDIS, prezentare proiect de cercetare EUREKA, Proiect E!13365/TARDIS, contract 220/2020, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Irina Fierascu, Alina Ortan, Daniela Ionescu

Excellence diploma at The International Exhibition of Research, Innovations and Inventions PRO INVENT 2021

Abordare transdisciplinară pentru dezvoltarea de soluții tehnologice în vederea recuperării de compuși țintă din fluxurile laterale agricole – E!13365/TARDIS, prezentare proiect de cercetare EUREKA, Proiect E!13365/TARDIS, contract 220/2020, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Irina Fierascu, Alina Ortan, Daniela Ionescu

Gold Medal at International Inventions and Innovations Fair Traian Vuia, Timisoara, 2021