National Institute of Materials Physics
Multifunctional Materials and Structures Laboratory

Programul Parteneriat IFA-CEA

Title: High Efficiency Electrospinning

Durata proiectului: 2012-2015

Coordonator: Dr. Ionut Enculescu

Title: Development and characterization of solid apatite matrices capable of storing inorganic pollutants: structure and adsorption processes

Durata proiectului: 2011-2015

Coordonator: Dr. Daniela Predoi

Proiect de cercetare postdoctorala

Title: Nanostructuri semiconductoare cu morfologie controlata obtinute prin metoda sablon

Contract nr. 18/28.07.2010 (cod PD 59/2010)

Durata proiectului: 2010-2012

Coordonator: Dr. Nicoleta Preda

Proiect de cercetare IDEI

Title: Emitori duali pentru afisaje bazate pe compusi de tip OLED

Contract nr. ID 78/2011

Durata proiectului: 2011-2014

Coordonator: Dr. Silviu Polosan


Title: Comprehensive investigation on bulk radiation damage in defect engineered silicon - from point defects to clusters

Contract nr. ID 72/2011

Durata proiectului: 2011-2014

Coordonator: Dr. Ioana Pintilie

Proiect de cercetare TE

Title: Cristale fotonice cvasi unidimensionale bazate pe controlul indexului de refractie in nanofibre polimerice

Contract nr. ID-TE37/2011

Durata proiectului: 2011-2014

Coordonator: Dr. Monica Enculescu

FP7 Project NMP3-LA-2010-246102, 2010-2014

Title: Interfacing Oxides (IFOX)

Coordinator: Stichting Katholieke Universiteit, Netherland

The aim of the project isto explore, create and control novel electronic and magnetic functionalities that result from the rich interplay of charge, spin and orbital degrees of freedom in transition metal oxide heterostructures and their interfaces. The outcome will be the establishment of a material platform for novel More than Moore and beyond CMOS electronics, compatible with VLSI and which delivers performance and functionality far beyond the state-of-the-art.


ANCS, Capacitati, modul III, PC7, 127EU/2011, co-finance project for FP7 Project NMP3-LA-2010-246102

Title: Interfacing Oxides (IFOX)
Project Coordinator: Lucian Pintilie, National Institute of Materials Physics, Romania

The present project is focusing on the complex DC electrical characterization of the ferroelectric and multiferroic structures with the purpose to determine the dominant conduction mechanism as well as the effect of interfaces over the macroscopic quantities such as dielectric constant, leakage current and polarization.


CEA Joint Research and Development Project - 09 CEA/2010, 2010-2014

Project title: Investigation of metal-ferroelectric interface at macro and nanoscale
Coordinators:  Lucian Pintilie, National Institute of Materials Physics, Romania- LE RHUN Gwenaël, CEA, France

The general objective of the project is to study the construction of the metal-ferroelectric interface and the dynamic of charge compensation in relation to polarization switching. The results at nanoscale will be compared to the results of the macroscopic electric measurements performed on standard metal-ferroelectric-metal (MFM) capacitors. Also, the mechanisms of charge compensation at the metal-ferroelectric interface will be compared with the results reported for the free surface of ferroelectrics. It is the aim of the project to establish a detailed relation between the “microscopic” reasons as will result from the foreseen surface/interface investigations at nanoscale and their “macroscopic” consequences measured via electrical characterization performed at macroscale in MFM structures.


UEFISCDI Contract: HETOX - CNMP PN 72-149 / 2008, 2008-2011

Title: “All-oxide heterostructures for electronic and optoelectronic devices”

Coordinator: Ioana Pintilie, National Institute of Materials Physics, Romania

The project scope is to develop and characterize Schottky diodes and MOS-type structures for field effect transistors from microstructured, nanostructured or epitaxial oxide materials for potential applications in microelectronics and optoelectronics. The envisaged materials are: wide band-gap oxide semiconductors such as zinc oxide (ZnO); oxides with ferroelectric properties such as barium-strontium titanate ((Ba,Sr)TiO3 – BST), bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3 – BFO) and lead zirconate-titanate (Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 – PZT); conductive oxides like indium-tin oxide (ITO), strontium ruthenate (SrRuO3 - SRO); degenerated semiconductor oxides as niobium doped strontium titanate (SrTiO3:Nb – STON).


UEFISCDI Contract: MPPC- PN II-72-153/2008, 2008-2011

Title: “Lead free piezoelectric materials processed by wet chemical routes”

Coordinator: Marin Cernea, National Institute of Materials Physics, Romania

The general aim of the proposed project MPPC is to prepare ceramic materials of (1-x)(Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3)-xBaTiO3 type (where 0.05≤x≤0.15), with good piezoelectric properties (simolar or higher than that of PZT). Specific milestones are:

  • Optimization of the synthesis parameters of BNT-BTx films by sol-gel technique.
  • Optimization of the synthesis parameters of BNT-BTx powders by sol-gel and spray-pyrolisis methods.
  • Optimization of the BNT-BTx ceramics processing parameters (pressing, sinterization and densification) relative to the BT contents and to the morphology of the powders prepared by sol-gel and spray-pyrolisis methods.  
  • Study of the piezoelectric properties of the BNT-BTx ceramics prepared from powders synthesized by sol gel and spray-pyrolisis methods.
Comparative study of the functional properties of lead free ceramics obtained by this project with that  of  PZT ceramics, in aim to reccomande for piezoelectric devices.


FP7 European Project: “Marie Curie Training Network on Particle Detectors (MC-PAD)”, No.: 214560-2/2008-2012.

Coordinator: CERN- European Organization for Nuclear Research (CH)
Partners: DESY- Stiftung Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE), GSI- Gesellschaft für Schwer­ionenforschung mbH (DE), JSI- Jožef Stefan Institute (SI), AGH- AGH University of Science and Technology (PL), LNF- Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (IT), NIKHEF- Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie (NL), PSI- Paul Scherrer Institut (CH), UHH- University of Hamburg (DE), EVATRONIX- Evatronix SA (PL), IFJ PAN- Instytut Fizyki Jadrowej im. Henryka Niewodniczanskiego Polskiej Akademii Nauk (PL), MICRON- Micron Semiconductor Ltd. (UK), Photonis- Photonis SAS Holding (F)
MC-PAD  is a FP7 multi-site Initial Training Network on particle detectors in physics experiments. It comprises nine academic participants, three industrial partners and two associated academic partners. The MC-PAD network provides excellent training opportunities to young researchers in the field of radiation detectors for the next generation of particle physics experiments and other applications. The network has recruited young researchers who are keen to participate in the development and application of advanced particle detectors. The young researchers are based for most of their time at one of the participating institutes, supervised by internationally recognized experts and have access to state-of-the-art equipment. Hands-on project training is supplemented with formal training courses in relevant and related fields, and a wide variety of complementary training courses, colloquia and seminars. In order to ensure exposure to complementary research and industry environments mobility of researchers in the form of detachment to one or more of the other network participants and associated partners is planned and expected for up to 30% of the duration of each fellowship.


CERN-RD50/2002, International Collaboration (46 institutions from EU, USA and Canada)

Title: Radiation hard semiconductor devices for very high luminosity colliders

The main purpose of  the RD50 collaboration is the development of semiconductor based tracking detectors with exceptional radiation hardness, which can withstand fast hadron fluences up to 1016cm-2 and doses up to 4MGy, as expected for the possible luminosity upgrade of the LHC to 1035cm-2s-1.


PROIECT RP_10 contract 8/2011

Titlul proiectului: Investigarea mecanismului de formare al perechilor Cooper si simetria parametrului de ordine supraconductor Fier - Arseniu
Coordonator: Dr. Miclea Corneliu Florin


ESF/ EUROCORES type projects/2011-2014

Project title: Insect odorant-binding proteins on conductive polymer nanofibers based biosensor to diagnose crop disease

This cooperation aims to develop nanobiosensors based on polymeric or semiconducting nanowire arrays functionalised with specific proteins for making a field effect transistor with liquid gate or an organic field effect transistor.
The binding of specific molecules for odors or feromons will generate changes in the current flowing in the tranzistor. Knowing the transport properties for the transistors, these systems will allow a better detection in the range of few femtomols with lower costs.

Coordinator: Knoll Wolfgang, Austrian Institute of Technology.
Parteners:      Guerin Patrick, Universite de Neuchatel, Elvetia
                        Huotari Matti, Oulu, Finland,
                        Enculescu Ionut, INCD Fizica Materialelor, Romania



Project title: Functional nanowires

The project aims at the preparation of ultraminiaturised optical sensors which can be employed in a wide range of applications for both the electronic industry and communications and other technological or scientific fields.

Coordinator: Jean-Philippe Ansermet, Ecole Politechnique Federale de Lausanne, Elvetia
Partners:        Albina Nikolaeva, Academia de Stiinte a Republicii Maoldova
                        Ionut Enculescu, INCD Fizica Materialelor, Magurele, Romania



Royal Society / International Joint Project

Project title: Protein-based colloidal crystal nanowires
The purpose of this proposal is to unite expertise in protein-based colloidal crystallization in the UK and in nanoporous template preparation in Romania, to make the first colloidal crystals in the shape of a nanowire. Nanoporous templates for this project will be prepared by the Romanian partner, etching polycarbonate and other plastic membranes in which damage tracks have been created by high energy ions. After etching, the membranes will be treated further to control their hydrophobicity and hence how well they are wetted by the aqueous solutions used for protein crystallization.

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Walther Schwarzacher, University of Bristol, UK
                        Monica Enculescu, INCD Fizica Materialelor, Romania


UEFISCDI, Ctr. No. 12-078 / 2008

Title: Electromagnetic field propagation in high dielectric constant materials with applications in microwave antenna and sensors for information technology society (PMCDRASSI)

Project Coordinator: Military Technical Academy, Bucharest, Romania

Short Description: The main objective of the project is the development of new antennas and sensors for wireless applications. The novelty consists in the application of advanced materials with low dielectric loss and high dielectric constant, which allows the equipment miniaturization. Another significant aspect concerns the outstanding temperature stability.

UEFISCDI, Ctr. No. 72-162 / 2008

Title: New InN materials with variable forbidden bandgap for applications in opto-electronics (MINNA)
Project Coordinator: National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Bucharest-Magurele, Romania

Short Description: The MinNA project tackles a complex interdisciplinary scientific field of present interests, with real chances of joining to other European Technology Platforms. It responds to the requirements imposed by the general objective of the 4th Program – pursuing the improvement of the research and development (R&D) competitiveness of all 5 research organizations implied, by building a effective and durable partnership between them and a SME interested in the undertaking and promoting the research results in the field of the priority domain 7 - Innovative materials, processes and products. The research subject of the project aims to the development of novel InN-based materials for the next generation of high performance optoelectronic devices, based on innovative technologies. Therefore, it is in agreement with the secondary objectives of the 4th Program, by creating ecologic products and technologies, in the project being developed novel materials and synthesis technologies with high added value. Due to the complex and multidisciplinary character of the research implied and because of its tasks – the controlled and reproducible development of novel semiconductor materials at laboratory technology scale – the project subject corresponds to the research direction 7.1- Advanced materials.


UEFISCDI, Ctr. 72-230 / 2008

Title: Tunable selective structures with liquid crystals for microwave applications (SCRILAM)

Project coordinator: University of Bucharest

Short Description: The main objective of the project consists in the investigation o nematic liquid crystals (NLC) at GHz frequencies and development of selective left-handed structures by using NLC. The use of such cost effective selective structures will allow miniaturization, minimization of the bias voltage, etc.


UEFISCDI, Ctr. 12-093 / 2008

Title: Nano- structured systems with applications in high frequency devices (HIFI)

Project Coordinator: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Physics, Iasi, Romania

Short Description: The project is dedicated to the scientific research in the domain of nanostructured multifunctional materials and to the study of the possible use of these materials in high frequency devices. The project has a strong scientific part which consists in the study of the phenomena that influence essentially the nanostructured magnetic systems behavior, especially of the ferromagnetic metallic nanowires, at high frequency. The ferromagnetic resonance of magnetic particles strongly depends on their size and shape. In particulate systems with exchange and/or magnetostatic interactions, the intensity of interactions is a decisive factor in the frequency output of the ensemble. To obtain the fine control of the properties of a medium, the optimal technological solution is nanostructuring. The ferromagnetic particles, with virtually the same shape and volume, are assembled in an almost perfect geometrical network. The advantage of such a configuration consists in the control of magnetic properties through geometrical characteristics. This project will have as a main result the experimental analysis and numerical modeling of a wide category of nanostructured materials to evidence practical ways of design and production of useful elements in high frequency applications.


Contract nr. 12-135/2008-2011

Titlu : Nanofosfori pompati in infrarosu cu aplicatii in biologie si medicina (BIONANOFOSFORI)
Coordonator:             Dr. Vasile-Serban Georgescu, INCDFLPR, Magurele
Parteneri:                   Prof. Dr. Mihailescu Dan Florin, Universitatea Bucuresti
                                    Dr. Ionut Enculescu, INCD Fizica Materialelor, Magurele


Contract nr. 12-112/2008-2011

Titlu : Dispozitive electronice transparente realizate cu filme subtiri obtinute prin tehnologia PED (TED)
Coordonator:             Dr. Nicolae Bogdan Mandache, INCDFLPR, Magurele
Parteneri:                   Dr. Ionut Enculescu, INCD Fizica Materialelor, Magurele
                                    Conf. Dr. Lucian Ion, Universitatea Bucuresti

Contract nr. 62-060/2008-2011

Titlu : Nanoparticule biospecifice destinate laboratoarelor de cercetare si analize biomedicale (NANOBIO).
Coordonator:            Lect. Dr. Avram Speranta, Universitatea Bucuresti
Parteneri:                 Dr. Vasile-Serban Georgescu, INCDFLPR, Magurele
                                    Dr. Ionut Enculescu, INCD Fizica Materialelor, Magurele


Contract nr. 72-157/2008-2011

Titlu : Microtraductoare cu elemente sensibile bazate pe nanofire magnetice (NANOSENS)
Coordonator:           Conf.Dr.Ing. Cristian Zet, Universitatea Tehnica „Gheorghe Asachi”, Iasi
Parteneri:                 Dr. Ionut Enculescu, INCD Fizica Materialelor, Magurele
                                    Dr. Horia Chiriac, Institutul National de Cercetare Dezvoltare pentru Fizica TehnicaIasi
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