G7: Emerging nanotechnologies
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
Vanta C Series Handheld XRF
Vanta C Series Handheld XRF Analyzer including rhodium (Rh) anode 40 kV X-ray tube, SDD (Silicon Drift Detector), In-line camera for aiming, 3mm X-ray spot collimation and 5 megapixel sample camera for documenting tests. Primary Method: GeoChem (2 beam) Calibration for Vanta C Series, rhodium anode analyzers. Analysis for geochemical samples, measuring Mg, Al, Si, Ca, S, P, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, W, Zn, Hg, As, Pb, Bi, Se, Th, U, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb. Precious Metals Calibration method for Vanta C Series: Analysis for jewelry and precious metal samples measuring Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, W, Zn, Ga, Ge, Os, Ir, Pt, Au, Rh, Ru, Pb, Bi, Zr, Pd, Cd, In, Ag, Sn, Sb.
Trinocular stereomicroscope. Head: Trinocular (split ratio: 50/50), 45° inclined; 360° rotating. Dioptric adjustment: Both eyepieces. Eyepieces: WF10x/21 mm, high eyepoint, secured by screw and with rubber cups. Objective: Parfocal achromatic zoom 0.7x…4.5x (6.43:1 ratio) with anti-fungus treatment. Working distance: 100 mm. Stand: High-grade, precision fixed with handle and focus. Focusing: Rack and pinion focusing mechanism. Illumination: EcoLED™ swiveling incident and transmitted, with brightness control, rechargeable batteries. Color temperature: 6,300 K. Multi-plug 100-240Vac/5Vdc external power supply. 10 MP USB camera
The PCE-XXM20 colorimeter is used to quickly measure the color of surfaces. The PCE-XXM20 colorimeter has an extremely sensitive RGB photodiode system as a color sensor. The color is measured using the PCE-XXM20 colorimeter in the LAB color space. The measured value is displayed as LAB, XYZ, RGB or Pantone values. The meter can also measure the color difference ΔE between two samples and can be displayed.
Extech CG204 is a portable tester for non-destructive measurement of paint thickness up to 1250 µm deposited on both ferrous and non-ferrous materials, automatically detectable.
ETHOS EASY Microwave Digester/Extractor (Milestone)
The ETHOS EASY is equipped with two 950 Watt magnetrons for a total of 1900 Watt. The system additionally employs a rotating diffuser that evenly distributes the microwaves throughout the cavity. High power coupled with this diffuser enable very fast heating of high throughput rotors and the complete digestion of the most difficult samples. The microwave cavity has a volume of over 70 liters, the largest currently available. Equipped with Milestone easyTEMP, a direct contact-less temperature sensor. Can be used both for sample digestion and for the obtaining of natural extracts using microwave extraction.
Airbrush compressor set with 3 pistols
Acest set de compresor este conceput pentru a fi utilizat cu aerograf și pistoale mici de vopsit. Poate fi folosit pentru toate utilizările unui aerograf, inclusiv pentru aplicatii legate de protectia patrimoniului cultural.
The PCE-GM80-ICA certified gloss device is equipped with an external gloss sensor. The Ø4.5 mm measuring surface of the gloss device also makes a significant contribution to the ability to perform measurements on hard-to-reach and small surfaces. With the calibration reference provided, the gloss device can be checked at any time. With an accuracy of 1%, the glossmeter is a high-precision measuring device. One-button operation allows the device to be operated quickly and easily.
Protherm Standard PLF 120/10, 10 l, 1200 °C
The oven is provided with a front opening for easy operation and double-layer construction to maintain a low temperature outside the oven.
MiniPal 2 PW4025 EDXRF
MiniPal 2 Energy Dispersive XRF (EDXRF) desktop spectrometer performs non-destructive analysis of elements from sodium right through to uranium, in concentrations from 100% down to ppm levels, from a wide variety of matrices. Based on the Si-PIN technology, the MiniPal 2’s detector combines high efficiency with a resolution better than 255 eV. The detector is thermoelectrically cooled, eliminating all the costs and inconvenience of liquid nitrogen cooling associated with other EDXRF systems. The instrument’s X-ray tube allows the use of different target materials to avoid possible masking of the sample’s spectrum by the spectrum of the tube.
B-150DBR Optika Optical Microscope
The microscope can be used for the evaluation of both transparent and opaque materials. Dye-cast frame, with high stability and ergonomy, for transmitted light observation. Accessories: CL-31 Double-arm Led illuminator, with brightness control. The microscope can be used in a wide variety of applications, from general materials characterization to archaeometric studies.
DLAB RE100-S rotary evaporator
Vertical rotary evaporator RE100-S provided with a heating bath with a volume of 5 l, the heating range being from room temperature up to 180 ° C. It has an LED display that allows the visualization of the rotation speed, temperature and time. The heating bath with digital temperature control has a heating power of 1010 W.
Ultra 3660 UV-Vis Spectrometer
Main characteristics: -Versatile test solutions: spectral test, dynamic test, photometric test, quantitative test – customizable -Powerful data-processing capability -User defineable report formats -GLP/ GMP regulations compliance -Unique dual-monochromator optical design for ultra low stray light -High precision processes and high quality techniques achieve greater durability -Intuitive user-interface for a more user friendly experience
The Brookfield DV-II+Pro viscometer measures fluid viscosity at given shear rates. Viscosity is a measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow applications. The DV-II+Pro offers exceptional versatility in modes of control allowing for traditional standalone operation, automatic operation or with complete control by PC.
The lab series freeze dryer is suitable for freeze drying test of laboratory biomedical samples. Widely used in drugs, biological products, chemical and food industries. On the heat-sensitive substances such as antibiotics, vaccines, blood products, hormones and other biological tissue enzymes, freeze-drying technology is applied.
BIOBASE BOV-30V vacuum oven
BIOBASE BOV-30V vacuum oven with a capacity of 25 liters and adjustable temperature between 50 ° C and 200 ° C
SIGMA 700 – KSV Tensiometer
The Sigma tensiometer system is a modular high performance surface tension/contact angle meter, expanding a basic all round tensiometer into a highly sophisticated precision measuring system for R&D applications. The Sigma tensiometer system is a computer controlled tensiometer for the measurement of: • Surface and Interfacial tension (ST & IT) • Single Force Curve measurements with the Du Nouy ring method • Continuous Surface tension measurements with the Wilhelmy plate method • Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC) • Dynamic Contact Angles (DCA) • Powder and Porous Solid Wettability • Single Fiber Wettability (only Sigma701F) • Adsorption Behavior of Solids • Surface Free Energy of Solids • Density of liquids • Sedimentation kinetics
DRON UM-1 XRD
The X-ray diffractometer can perform crystalline structure determination and composition of samples. Radiation: Cu Kα Investigative options: – qualitative analysis of mineralogical phases present in any crystalline material, – scanning angular range 2 teta = 0 – 166°. – identification of crystalline phases in multi-phase materials; – highlighting the structural and compositional variations of crystalline phases; – identification of polymorphic forms of specific crystalline phases.
Non-destructive equipment for environmental applications
A set of non-destructive equipment, used for environmental determinations, including: Extech MO750 soil humidometer, digital soil thermometer, soil pH tester, GAMMA SCOUT Geiger detector, soil conductivity tester, 11 in 1 ambient measuring instrument, portable microscope and others.
DLAB DM0408 centrifuge
Features: • Speed range of 300-4000rpm. • 3 programs storage capacity for routine applications. • Automatic internal diagnosis. • Maintenance free brushless DC motor.
Small laboratory equipment
The team has a series of laboratory equipment, necessary for current activities: heated magnetic stirrers, vortex stirrers, orbital stirrers, mechanical stirrers, laboratory ovens, laboratory mini-centrifuges, heating coats, ultrasonic baths, sand baths, laboratory scales, etc.
HI99171 (Hanna instruments) pH-meter for leather and paper
HI99171 is a durable, compact and portable, waterproof pH meter, specially designed for leather and paper analysis. Automatic calibration is performed at one or two points with two sets of buffer solution. All reading and calibration information is automatically compensated for by temperature variations.
Incubator with constant temperature. Display: Digital LED Capacity: 50 l Temperature range: + 30 ° C to + 65 ° C Temperature uniformity: ± 0.3 ° C
Biosan Bio RS-24, 5 – 30 RPM
Mini stirrer with vertical rotation and a stirring frequency of 5 – 30 RPM, for 22 tubes of 1.5 – 15 ml and a diameter of 10 – 16 mm
Non-destructive equipment for materials evaluation
A set of non-destructive equipment, focused on the non-invasive characterization of cultural heritage objects, including: Extech MO257 Pinless Moisture Meter (relative pinless moisture reading), RGB-2000 Colour analyser, Infrared thermometer, thermal imaging camera, endoscopic camera, and others.
Varian Liberty 110 ICP-AES
The Inductively Coupled Plasma – Atomic Emission Spectrometer is used for the determination of minor and trace elements from various matrices. Characteristics: Computerized interface; 60MHz radio frequency generator; Czerny-Turner 0.75m monochromator with a holographic network of 1800 lines/ mm; V-Groove nebulizer; HF-resistant spray chamber; Wavelength range: 190-780 nm.
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.
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.
Irina Fierascu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Camelia Ungureanu, Oana Alexandra Draghiceanu, Liliana Cristina Soare
Application of Polypodiopsida Class in Nanotechnology–Potential towards Development of More Effective Bioactive Solutions
Antioxidants 2021, 10(5), 748; https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox10050748
Camelia Ungureanu, Irina Fierascu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Teodora Costea, Sorin Marius Avramescu, Mirela Florina Călinescu, Raluca Somoghi,Cristian Pirvu
In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Silver Nanoparticles Phytosynthesized Using Raphanus sativus L. Waste Extracts
Materials 2021, 14(8), 1845; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14081845
Irina Fierascu, Lia-Mara Ditu, Anca Nicoleta Sutan, Oana Alexandra Drăghiceanu, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Sorin Marius Avramescu, Eduard-Marius Lungulescu, Nicoleta Nicula, Liliana Cristina Soare
Influence of gamma irradiation on the biological properties of Asplenium scolopendrium L. hydroalcoholic extracts
Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 2021, 181, 109175
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
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
Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Irina Fierăscu, Roxana Ioana Brazdiș, Anda Maria Baroi, Alina Orțan
Platinum Award at INTARG (International Invention and Innovation Show) Poland 2020 for the patent application Antimicrobial coating and with protective role for the natural stone surfaces with cultural value and method of obtaining it
Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Irina Fierăscu, Roxana Ioana Brazdiș, Anda Maria Baroi, Alina Orțan
Best foreign invention at INTARG (International Invention and Innovation Show) Poland 2020 for the patent application Antimicrobial coating and with protective role for the natural stone surfaces with cultural value and method of obtaining it
Radu Claudiu Fierăscu, Irina Fierăscu, Roxana-Ioana Brazdiș, Anda Maria Baroi, Alexandru Știrban, Adriana Codruța Leahu, Alina Orțan
Diploma of bronze medal at EUROINVENT 2020 (European Exhibition of Creativity and Innovation), Iasi, Romania for the patent application Antimicrobial pulverisable for restoration/conservation of leather supports and method of obtaining it