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PhD. Neatu Florentina

Scientific researcher, 2st degree

Laboratory of Nanoscale Condensed Matter


Preparation of heterogeneous catalysts using wet impregnation, incipient wetness, ionic exchange and physical mixture methods. Experience in organic synthesis and several catalytic reactions (fine organic chemistry, green chemistry, and asymmetric chemistry). Running catalytic batch and fixed bed flow reactors in various conditions (high pressure and temperature). Characterization of catalysts using PXRD, textural measurements, FTIR, DRIFT, DR-UV-Vis, Raman, XPS, TG-DTA, elemental analysis CHNS/O, TEM, SEM/EDX, solid state RMN and compounds analysis (GC, GC-MS, HPLC/UPLC, TLC, RMN).

Selected publications

F. Iosif, S. Coman, V.I. Parvulescu, P. Grange, S. Delsarte, D. De Vos, P. Jacobs, Chem. Commun., (11), 2004, 1292-1293, DOI:10.1039/B403692A. “Ir-Beta zeolite as a heterogeneous catalyst for the one-pot transformation of citronellal to menthol”

F. Iosif, V.I. Parvulescu, M. E. Pérez-Berna, R. J. Ruano-Casero, V. Rives, K. Kranjc, S. Polanc, M.  Kocevar, E.  Genin, J.-P. Genêt, V. Michelet, J. Mol. Catal A: Chemical., 276(1-2),2007,34-40, clearDOI: 10.1016/j.molcata.2007.06.018. Heterogeneous hydrogenation of bicyclo[2.2.2]octenes on Rh/TPPTS/LDH catalysts”

 F. Neatu, A. Kraynov, L. D’Souza, V.I. Parvulescu, K. Kranjc, M. Kocevar, V. Kuncser, R. Richards, Appl. Catal. A.: Gen.,346(1-2),2008, 28-35, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcata.2008.04.024. “Iron Oxide Colloids and their Heterogenization by Silica Sol-gel Entrapment: Catalytic and Magnetic Properties”

 Florentina Neatu, Zhi Li, Ryan Richards, Patrick Y. Toullec, Jean-Pierre Genêt, Karifala Dumbuya, J. Michael Gottfried, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Vasile I. Parvulescu, Véronique Michelet,Chem. Eur. J., 14(30), 2008, 9412-9418, DOI: 10.1002/chem.200801327.  Heterogeneous Gold Catalysts for Efficient Access to FunctionalizedLactones

Florentina Neatu, Vasile I. Parvulescu, Véronique Michelet, Jean-Pierre Gênet, Alexandre Goguet, Christopher Hardacre, New J. Chem., 33(1),2009, 102-106, DOI: 10.1002/chin.200922102. “Gold imidazolium-basedionic liquids, efficient catalysts for cycloisomerization of -acetylenic carboxylic acids”

Florentina Neatu, Patrick Toullec, Véronique Michelet, Vasile I. Parvulescu, Pure Appl. Chem., 81(12),2009, 2387-2396, DOI: 10.1002/chin.201023232. „Heterogeneous Au and Rh catalysts for cycloisomerization reactions of -acetylenic carboxylic acids”

Florentina Neatu,Loredana Protesescu,Mihaela Florea,Vasile I. Parvulescu, Cristian M. Teodorescu,Nicoleta Apostol,Patrick Y. Toullec,Veronique Michelet,Green Chem., 12(12), 2010, 2145–2149, DOI: 10.1039/C0GC00258E. “Novel Pd heterogeneous catalysts for cycloisomerisation of acetylenic carboxylic acids”

Primo, F. Neatu, M. Florea, V.I. Parvulescu, H. Garcia, Nature Communications, 5, 2014, 5291, DOI: 10,1038/ncomms6291 Graphenes in the absence of metals as carbocatalysts for selective acetylene hydrogenation and alkene hydrogenation

 M. Florea, R.S. Marin, F.M. Palasanu, F. Neatu, V.I. Parvulescu, Catalysis Today, 254, 2015, 29–35, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2014.12.026,  Mesostructured vanadia-alumina catalysts for the synthesis of vitamin K3

A. Moragues, F. Neatu, V.I. Parvulescu, M.D. Marcos, P. Amoros, V. Michelet, ACS Catalysis, 5(9), 2015, 5060–5067, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b01207 Heterogeneous Gold Catalyst: Synthesis, Characterization and Application in 1,4-Addition of Boronic Acids to Enones

F. Neatu, M. Ciobanu, L.E. Stoflea, L. Frunza, V.I. Parvulescu, V. Michelet, Catalysis Today, 247, 2015, 155–162, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2014.07.004 Arylation of alkynes over hydrotalcite docked Rh-m-TPPTC complex

F. Neatu, R.S. Marin, M. Florea, N. Petrea, O.D. Pavel, V.I. Parvulescu, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 180, 2016, 751–757, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.07.043  Selective oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural over non-precious metal heterogeneous catalysts”

Neatu F., Petrea N., Petre R., Somoghi V., Florea M., Parvulescu V.I. Catalysis Today 278 (2016) 66–73 DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2016.03.031  „Oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural to 2,5-diformylfuran in aqueous media over heterogeneous manganese based catalysts”

M.-M. Trandafir, M. Florea, F. Neaţu, Dr. A. Primo, V. I. Parvulescu, Hermenegildo García,  ChemSusChem, 9 (13) 2016, 1565-1569; DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201600197, „Graphene from Alginate Pyrolysis as a Metal-Free Catalyst for Hydrogenation of Nitro Compounds”

F. Neaţu, G. Culică, M. Florea, V. I. Parvulescu, F. Cavani,  ChemSusChem,  9 (21), 2016, 3102–3112 „Synthesis of terephthalic acid by means of p-cymene oxidation with O2: toward a more sustainable production of bio-PET”

M. M. Trandafir, L. Pop, N. D. Hădade, M. Florea,a F. Neațu, C. M. Teodorescu, B. Duraki, J. A. van Bokhoven, I. Grosu, V. I. Pârvulescu, H. Garcia, Catal. Sci. Technol., 6, 2016, 8344-8354 „An adamantane-based covalent–organic framework: stability, adsorption capability, and behaviour as catalyst and support for Pd and Au for the hydrogenation of nitrostyrene”

F. Neațu, M. M. Trandafir, M. Marcu, L. Preda , J. Maria Calderon-Moreno, Ș. Neațu,  S. Somacescu, M. Florea, , Catalysis Comm., 93, 201737-42„Ni and Co doped zirconia potential electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR)”

M. Florea, F. Matei-Rutkovska, G. Postole, A. Urda, F. Neatu, V.I. Pârvulescu, P. Gelin: Catalysis Today 306, 2018, 166-171, "Doped ceria prepared by precipitation route for solid oxide fuel cells operated on methane". 

 M. Florea, F. Matei-Rutkovska, G. Postole, A. Urda, F. Neatu, L. Massin, P. Gelin: Catalysis Science & Technology 8(5), 2018, 1333-1348 "Influence of Gd and Pr doping on the properties of ceria: texture, structure, redox behaviour and reactivity in CH4/H2O reactions in the presence of H2S" 

S. Somacescu, N. Cioatera, P. Osiceanu, J. M. Calderon-Moreno, C. Ghica, F. Neatu, M. Florea:  Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 241, 2019, 393-406 "Bimodal mesoporous NiO/CeO2-δ–YSZ with enhanced carbon tolerance in catalytic partial oxidation of methane - potential IT-SOFCs anode"

Research projects

Researcher project manager:

·     Programul Național III – Contract TE 64/2018 - Tunable acid-base mesoporous hollow spheres advanced materials for rubber intermadiates” – Finanțat de Ministerul Cercetării și Educației prin Programul 1 – Dezvoltarea sistemului national de cercetare-dezvoltare, Subprogramul 1.1 Resurse umane.

·     Programul Național PNCDI – Contract 98PED/2017 - „A general methodology for bio-polymers precursors synthesis: Mono- and di- aromatic carboxylic acids by catalytic routes” – Finanțat de Ministerul Cercetării și Educației prin programul Proiecte experimental-demonstrative.

·     Programul Național PNCDI – Contract PD 29/2013 - „Heterogeneous nanocatalysts with application in tandem Sonogashira/lactonisation reaction” – Finanțat de Ministerul Cercetării și Educației prin programul Resurse Umane.

·     Programul Național PNCDI – Contract PCCA 166/2012 - „Biomaterials synthesis for polyesters industry with applicability in the production of ballistic protection equipments” – Finanțat de Ministerul Cercetării și Educației prin programul Parteneriate.

·     Programul Național PNCDI – Contract CNCSIS 96/GR/2007, CNCSIS Cod 358 – „Unsaturated ketones arylation catalysed by Rh-TPPTS and Rh-TPPTC immobilized on hydrotalcites” – Finanțat de Ministerul Cercetării și Educației prin programul CNCSIS TD.

·     Programul Național PNCDI – Contract CNCSIS GR/135/2006, CNCSIS Cod 358  – „Immobilized Rh clusters for amino acids synthesis” – Finanțat de Ministerul Cercetării și Educației prin programul CNCSIS TD.

·     Programul Național PNCDI – Contract CNCSIS nr. 34669/2005, 12ththeme TD, CNCSIS Cod 358  – „Immobilized Rh clusters for amino acids synthesis” – Finanțat de Ministerul Cercetării și Educației prin programul CNCSIS TD.

·     National Program PNCDI – Contract CNCSIS nr. 33379/2004, 11ththeme TD, CNCSIS Cod 358  – „Immobilized Rh clusters for amino acids synthesis” – Finanțat de Ministerul Cercetării și Educației prin programul CNCSIS TD.

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