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Dr. Nicoleta APOSTOL

Scientific Researcher II

Laboratory of Surface and Interface Science

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Nicoleta G. Apostol (b. 1985, other name Gheorghe) earned her PhD degree in Chemistry at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy in 2013, is hired since 2009 in the National Institute of Materials Physics (NIMP) Măgurele, in the group of Surfaces and Interfaces. Between March 2014 and March 2015 she obtained a Post-Doctoral position at Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste in Italy, at the SuperESCA beamline (Dr. Silvano Lizzit).

She earned the "Radu Grigorovici" Prize of the Romanian Academy for 2012, awarded for the group of works "Surface and interface phenomena highlighted by electron spectroscopyies XPS/Auger and other characterization techniques of surfaces and interfaces", date of award 19th December 2014, is one of the winners of the L'Oréal - UNESCO National scholarship "For Women in Science", section Physical Sciences, 9th edition, 2018, and she earned the 1st prize at the Rada Mihalcea” awards for young researchers in science and engineering, in August 2019. Currently, she is employed as Senior Scientist II, author or co-author for 79 papers published in ISI quoted journals and 7 book chapters, 27 oral presentations or invited to national/international conferences, project manager for 3 national projects: a Post-Doctoral Project and 2 Young Research Team projects. She was a member of the evaluation committee of the Rada Mihalcea competition for Young Researchers in Science and Engineering, is co-responsible within the IOSIN – Special Systems and Objectives of National Interest –programme and is one of the persons responsible for CoSMoS (detached installation at the SuperESCA beamline, from the Elettra Synchrotron, in Trieste, Italy) and co-responsible for XPS spatial resolution in INCDFM. The published works have accumulated about 1080 citations (self-citation excluded) and a Hirsch index of 21. These are elements defining a solid scientific reputation at international level and the ability to extract the maximum information from X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

Research ID: I-9399-2016

Brainmap UEF – ID: U-1700-039K-3342

ORCID: 0000-0002-8862-9625

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Projects

1. Molecular adsorption and reactions under two-dimensional shells

Project Type: TE, Start Date: 2021-01-11 End Date: 2022-12-31

2. Origin of resistance hysteresis in graphene layers on ferroelectric substrates

Project Type: PD, Start Date: 2018-05-02 End Date: 2020-11-30

3. CHEMISTRY AND PHOTOCHEMISTRY ON FERROELECTRIC SURFACES

Project Type: TE, Start Date: 2015-10-01 End Date: 2017-11-30

Publications

1. Monodispersed nanoplatelets of samarium oxides for biosensing applications in biological fluids
Authors: Leote, RJB; Matei, E; Apostol, NG; Enculescu, M; Enculescu, I; Diculescu, VC

Published: JAN 10 2022, ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, 402, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2021.139532

2. CO adsorption and oxidation at room temperature on graphene synthesized on atomically clean Pt(001)
Authors: Apostol, NG; Bucur, IC; Lungu, GA; Tache, CA; Teodorescu, CM

Published: APR 15 2021, CATALYSIS TODAY, 366, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2020.02.006

3. THERMAL BEHAVIOR OF Cu-DOPED TiO2 GELS SYNTHESIZED BY THE SOL-GEL METHOD
Authors: Pandele-Cusu, J; Atkinson, I; Rusu, A; Apostol, N; Teodorescu, V; Predoana, L; Szilagyi, IM; Pokol, G; Zaharescu, M

Published: MAR 2021, REVUE ROUMAINE DE CHIMIE, 66, 229, DOI: 10.33224/rrch.2021.66.3.01

4. Influence of Ce addition and Pt loading upon the catalytic properties of modified mesoporous PtTi-SBA-15 in total oxidation reactions
Authors: Ciobanu, M; Petcu, G; Anghel, EM; Papa, F; Apostol, NG; Culita, DC; Atkinson, I; Todorova, S; Shopska, M; Naydenov, A; Velinova, R; Parvulescu, V

Published: JUN 5 2021, APPLIED CATALYSIS A-GENERAL, 619, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcata.2021.118123

5. CO adsorption, reduction and oxidation on Pb(Zr,Ti)O-3(001) surfaces associated with negatively charged gold nanoparticles
Authors: Apostol, NG; Husanu, MA; Lizzit, D; Hristea, IA; Chirila, CF; Trupina, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: APR 15 2021, CATALYSIS TODAY, 366, 154, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2020.02.042

6. Resistance hysteresis correlated with synchrotron radiation surface studies in atomic sp(2) layers of carbon synthesized on ferroelectric (001) lead zirconate titanate in an ultrahigh vacuum
Authors: Apostol, NG; Lizzit, D; Lungu, GA; Lacovig, P; Chirila, CF; Pintilie, L; Lizzit, S; Teodorescu, CM

Published: JAN 8 2020, RSC ADVANCES, 10, DOI: 10.1039/c9ra09131a

7. Functionalization of eggshell membranes with CuO-ZnO based p-n junctions for visible light induced antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli
Authors: Preda, N; Costas, A; Beregoi, M; Apostol, N; Kuncser, A; Curutiu, C; Iordache, F; Enculescu, I

Published: DEC 1 2020, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 10, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-78005-x

8. Direct Immobilization of Biomolecules through Magnetic Forces on Ni Electrodes via Ni Nanoparticles: Applications in Electrochemical Biosensors
Authors: Barsan, MM; Enache, TA; Preda, N; Stan, G; Apostol, NG; Matei, E; Kuncser, A; Diculescu, VC

Published: JUN 5 2019, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 11, 19877, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b04990

9. Room temperature ferromagnetism and its correlation to ferroelectricity of manganese embedded in lead zirco-titanate
Authors: Bucur, IC; Apostol, NG; Abramiuc, LE; Tanase, LC; Tache, CA; Lungu, GA; Costescu, RM; Chirila, CF; Trupina, L; Pintilie, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: JAN 1 2019, THIN SOLID FILMS, 669, DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2018.11.018

10. Core-shell nanowire arrays based on ZnO and CuxO for water stable photocatalysts
Authors: Florica, C; Costas, A; Preda, N; Beregoi, M; Kuncser, A; Apostol, N; Popa, C; Socol, G; Diculescu, V; Enculescu, I

Published: NOV 21 2019, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 9, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-53873-0

11. Efficient glucose dehydration to HMF onto Nb-BEA catalysts
Authors: Candu, N; El Fergani, M; Verziu, M; Cojocaru, B; Jurca, B; Apostol, N; Teodorescu, C; Parvulescu, VI; Coman, SM

Published: MAR 15 2019, CATALYSIS TODAY, 325, 116, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2018.08.004

12. Radial heterojunction based on single ZnO-CuxO core-shell nanowire for photodetector applications
Authors: Costas, A; Florica, C; Preda, N; Apostol, N; Kuncser, A; Nitescu, A; Enculescu, I

Published: APR 3 2019, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 9, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-42060-w

13. Palladium/palladium oxide coated electrospun fibers for wearable sweat pH-sensors
Authors: Diculescu, VC; Beregoi, M; Evanghelidis, A; Negrea, RF; Apostol, NG; Enculescu, I

Published: JUN 20 2019, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 9, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-45399-2

14. Physical properties of the ferroelectric capacitors based on Al-doped HfO2 grown via Atomic Layer Deposition on Si
Authors: Vulpe, S; Nastase, F; Dragoman, M; Dinescu, A; Romanitan, C; Iftimie, S; Moldovan, A; Apostol, N

Published: JUL 31 2019, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 483, 333, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.03.166

15. Growth of Ag(111) on Si(111) with nearly flat band and abrupt interface
Authors: Bocirnea, AE; Costescu, RM; Apostol, NG; Teodorescu, CM

Published: APR 15 2019, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 473, 441, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.12.167

16. Epitaxial growth of single-orientation high-quality MoS2 monolayers
Authors: Bana, H; Travaglia, E; Bignardi, L; Lacovig, P; Sanders, CE; Dendzik, M; Michiardi, M; Bianchi, M; Lizzit, D; Presel, F; De Angelis, D; Apostol, N; Das, PK; Fujii, J; Vobornik, I; Larciprete, R; Baraldi, A; Hofmann, P; Lizzit, S

Published: JUL 2018, 2D MATERIALS, 5, DOI: 10.1088/2053-1583/aabb74

17. The adsorption of silicon on an iridium surface ruling out silicene growth
Authors: Satta, M; Lacovig, P; Apostol, N; Dalmiglio, M; Orlando, F; Bignardi, L; Bana, H; Travaglia, E; Baraldi, A; Lizzit, S; Larciprete, R

Published: APR 21 2018, NANOSCALE, 10, 7094, DOI: 10.1039/c8nr00648b

18. Triggering surface ferroelectric order in Pb(Zr, Ti)O-3(001) by deposition of platinum
Authors: Bucur, IC; Tanase, LC; Abramiuc, LE; Lungu, GA; Chirila, C; Trupina, L; Apostol, NG; Costescu, RM; Negrea, RF; Pintilie, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: FEB 28 2018, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 432, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.04.238

19. Polarization Orientation in Lead Zirconate Titanate (001) Thin Films Driven by the Interface with the Substrate
Authors: Tanase, LC; Abramiuc, LE; Popescu, DG; Trandafir, AM; Apostol, NG; Bucur, IC; Hrib, L; Pintilie, L; Pasuk, I; Trupina, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: SEP 11 2018, PHYSICAL REVIEW APPLIED, 10, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.10.034020

20. Highly Efficient, Easily Recoverable, and Recyclable Re-SiO2-Fe3O4 Catalyst for the Fragmentation of Lignin
Authors: Tudorache, M; Opris, C; Cojocaru, B; Apostol, NG; Tirsoaga, A; Coman, SM; Parvulescu, VI; Duraki, B; Krumeich, F; van Bokhoven, JA

Published: AUG 2018, ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, 6, 9618, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b04294

21. High hexitols selectivity in cellulose hydrolytic hydrogenation over platinum (Pt) vs. ruthenium (Ru) catalysts supported on micro/mesoporous carbon
Authors: Lazaridis, PA; Karakoulia, SA; Teodorescu, C; Apostol, N; Macovei, D; Panteli, A; Delimitis, A; Coman, SM; Parvulescu, VI; Triantafyllidis, KS

Published: OCT 5 2017, APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, 214, 14, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.05.031

22. Low-energy electron diffraction from ferroelectric surfaces: Dead layers and surface dipoles in clean Pb(Zr, Ti)O-3(001)
Authors: Teodorescu, CM; Pintilie, L; Apostol, NG; Costescu, RM; Lungu, GA; Hrib, L; Trupina, L; Tanase, LC; Bucur, IC; Bocirnea, AE

Published: SEP 19 2017, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 96, 115438, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.96.115438

23. Long-range magnetic interaction in MnxGe1-x: structural, spectromicroscopic and magnetic investigations
Authors: Tanase, LC; Lungu, GA; Abramiuc, LE; Bucur, IC; Apostol, NG; Costescu, RM; Tache, CA; Macovei, D; Barinov, A; Teodorescu, CM

Published: MAR 2017, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 52, DOI: 10.1007/s10853-016-0618-9

24. Polarization landscape effects in soft X-ray-induced surface chemical decomposition of lead zirco-titanate, evidenced by photoelectron spectromicroscopy
Authors: Abramiuc, LE; Tanase, LC; Barinov, A; Apostol, NG; Chirila, C; Trupina, L; Pintilie, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: AUG 21 2017, NANOSCALE, 9, 11067, DOI: 10.1039/c7nr03003g

25. Aging phenomena and wettability control of plasma deposited carbon nanowall layers
Authors: Vizireanu, S; Ionita, MD; Ionita, ER; Stoica, SD; Teodorescu, CM; Husanu, MA; Apostol, NG; Baibarac, M; Panaitescu, D; Dinescu, G

Published: NOV 2017, PLASMA PROCESSES AND POLYMERS, 14, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201700023

26. Band bending at magnetic Ni/Ge(001) interface investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Authors: Bocirnea, AE; Tanase, LC; Costescu, RM; Apostol, NG; Teodorescu, CM

Published: DEC 1 2017, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 424, 274, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.04.168

27. Oriented Au nanoplatelets on graphene promote Suzuki-Miyaura coupling with higher efficiency and different reactivity pattern than supported palladium
Authors: Candu, N; Dhakshinamoorthy, A; Apostol, N; Teodorescu, C; Corma, A; Garcia, H; Parvulescu, VI

Published: AUG 2017, JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, 352, 66, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2017.04.034

28. Ferroelectric triggering of carbon monoxide adsorption on lead zirco-titanate (001) surfaces
Authors: Tanase, LC; Apostol, NG; Abramiuc, LE; Tache, CA; Hrib, L; Trupina, L; Pintilie, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: OCT 14 2016, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 6, DOI: 10.1038/srep35301

29. Non-interacting, sp(2) carbon on a ferroelectric lead zirco-titanate: towards graphene synthesis on ferroelectrics in ultrahigh vacuum
Authors: Apostol, NG; Lungu, GA; Bucur, IC; Tache, CA; Hrib, L; Pintilie, L; Macovei, D; Teodorescu, CM

Published: 2016, RSC ADVANCES, 6, DOI: 10.1039/c6ra12910b

30. Self-Assembly of Graphene Nanoblisters Sealed to a Bare Metal Surface
Authors: Larciprete, R; Colonna, S; Ronci, F; Flammini, R; Lacovig, P; Apostol, N; Politano, A; Feulner, P; Menzel, D; Lizzit, S

Published: MAR 2016, NANO LETTERS, 16, 1817, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04849

31. Unveiling the Mechanisms Leading to H-2 Production Promoted by Water Decomposition on Epitaxial Graphene at Room Temperature
Authors: Politano, A; Cattelan, M; Boukhvalov, DW; Campi, D; Cupolillo, A; Agnoli, S; Apostol, NG; Lacovig, P; Lizzit, S; Farias, D; Chiarello, G; Granozzi, G; Larcipretev, R

Published: APR 2016, ACS NANO, 10, 4549, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b00554

32. Study of formation of LiCoO2 using a modified Pechini aqueous sol-gel process
Authors: Predoana, L; Jitianu, A; Voicescu, M; Apostol, NG; Zaharescu, M

Published: MAY 2015, JOURNAL OF SOL-GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 74, 418, DOI: 10.1007/s10971-014-3611-2

33. Band bending at copper and gold interfaces with ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O-3 investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy
Authors: Apostol, NG; Stoflea, LE; Tanase, LC; Bucur, IC; Chirila, C; Negrea, RF; Teodorescu, CM

Published: NOV 1 2015, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 354, 468, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2015.02.167

34. Polarization induced self-doping in epitaxial Pb(Zr0.20Ti0.80)O-3 thin films
Authors: Pintilie, L; Ghica, C; Teodorescu, CM; Pintilie, I; Chirila, C; Pasuk, I; Trupina, L; Hrib, L; Boni, AG; Apostol, NG; Abramiuc, LE; Negrea, R; Stefan, M; Ghica, D

Published: OCT 8 2015, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 5, DOI: 10.1038/srep14974

35. Photoelectron spectroscopy and spectro-microscopy of Pb(Zr,Ti)O-3 (111) thin layers: Imaging ferroelectric domains with binding energy contrast
Authors: Husanu, MA; Popescu, DG; Tache, CA; Apostol, NG; Barinov, A; Lizzit, S; Lacovig, P; Teodorescu, CM

Published: OCT 15 2015, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 352, 81, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2015.01.153

36. Polarization-Control of the Potential Barrier at the Electrode Interfaces in Epitaxial Ferroelectric Thin Films
Authors: Pintilie, I; Teodorescu, CM; Ghica, C; Chirila, C; Boni, AG; Hrib, L; Pasuk, I; Negrea, R; Apostol, N; Pintilie, L

Published: FEB 26 2014, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 6, 2939, DOI: 10.1021/am405508k

37. Selective adsorption of contaminants on Pb(Zr,Ti)O-3 surfaces shown by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Authors: Stoflea, LE; Apostol, NG; Trupina, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: 2014, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 2, 14392, DOI: 10.1039/c4ta02660h

38. Evidence of A-B site cooperation in the EuFeO3 perovskite from Eu-151 and Fe-57 Mossbauer spectroscopy, EXAFS, and toluene catalytic oxidation
Authors: Florea, M; Alifanti, M; Kuncser, V; Macovei, D; Apostol, N; Granger, P; Parvulescu, VI

Published: JUL 2014, JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, 316, 140, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2014.04.016

39. Schottky barrier versus surface ferroelectric depolarization at Cu/Pb(Zr, Ti)O-3 interfaces
Authors: Stoflea, LE; Apostol, NG; Chirila, C; Trupina, L; Negrea, R; Pintilie, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: MAY 2014, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 49, 3351, DOI: 10.1007/s10853-014-8041-6

40. Structural, down- and phase selective up-conversion emission properties of mixed valent Pr doped into oxides with tetravalent cations
Authors: Tiseanu, C; Parvulescu, V; Avram, D; Cojocaru, B; Apostol, N; Vela-Gonzalez, AV; Sanchez-Dominguez, M

Published: 2014, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 16, 5802, DOI: 10.1039/c3cp54899f

41. Band Bending at Ferroelectric Surfaces and Interfaces Investigated by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Authors: Apostol, NG

Published: 2014, TIM 2013 PHYSICS CONFERENCE, 1634, 88, DOI: 10.1063/1.4903018

42. Epitaxial Growth of a Single-Domain Hexagonal Boron Nitride Mono layer
Authors: Orlando, F; Lacovig, P; Omiciuolo, L; Apostol, NG; Larciprete, R; Baraldi, A; Lizzit, S

Published: DEC 2014, ACS NANO, 8, 12070, DOI: 10.1021/nn5058968

43. Surface Reactivity and Magnetism at Metal-Semiconductor Interfaces
Authors: Apostol, NG; Teodorescu, CM

Published: 2014, SIZE EFFECTS IN NANOSTRUCTURES: BASICS AND APPLICATIONS, 205, 292, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44479-5_8

44. Band bending at free Pb(Zr,Ti)O-3 surfaces analyzed spectroscopy by X-ray photoelectron
Authors: Apostol, NG; Stoflea, LE; Lungu, GA; Tache, CA; Popescu, DG; Pintilie, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: NOV 20 2013, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING B-ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL SOLID-STATE MATERIALS, 178, DOI: 10.1016/j.mseb.2013.02.007

45. Band bending in Au/Pb(Zr,Ti)O-3 investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy: Dependence on the initial state of the film
Authors: Apostol, NG; Stoflea, LE; Lungu, GA; Tanase, LC; Chirila, C; Frunza, L; Pintilie, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: OCT 31 2013, THIN SOLID FILMS, 545, DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2013.04.092

46. Charge transfer and band bending at Au/Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O-3 interfaces investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy
Authors: Apostol, NG; Stoflea, LE; Lungu, GA; Chirila, C; Trupina, L; Negrea, RF; Ghica, C; Pintilie, L; Teodorescu, CM

Published: MAY 15 2013, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 273, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2013.02.056

47. Co environment and magnetic defects in anatase CoxTi1-O-x(2) nanopowders
Authors: Grecu, MN; Macovei, D; Ghica, D; Logofatu, C; Valsan, S; Apostol, NG; Lungu, GA; Negrea, RF; Piticescu, RR

Published: APR 22 2013, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 102, 161909, DOI: 10.1063/1.4802819

48. Room Temperature Ferromagnetic, Anisotropic, Germanium Rich FeGe(001) Alloys
Authors: Lungu, GA; Apostol, NG; Stoflea, LE; Costescu, RM; Popescu, DG; Teodorescu, CM

Published: FEB 2013, MATERIALS, 6, DOI: 10.3390/ma6020612

49. Manganese-based room temperature ferromagnetism in gallium arsenide
Authors: Vasilache, V; Apostol, NG; Lungu, GA; Macovei, D; Teodorescu, CM

Published: NOV-DEC 2012, OPTOELECTRONICS AND ADVANCED MATERIALS-RAPID COMMUNICATIONS, 6, DOI:

50. BAND FERROMAGNETISM IN SYSTEMS WITH LINEAR DENSITY OF STATES
Authors: Lungu, GA; Apostol, NG; Morariu, M; Teodorescu, CM

Published: OCT-DEC 2012, DIGEST JOURNAL OF NANOMATERIALS AND BIOSTRUCTURES, 7, DOI:

51. Novel Pd heterogeneous catalysts for cycloisomerisation of acetylenic carboxylic acids
Authors: Neatu, F; Protesescu, L; Florea, M; Parvulescu, VI; Teodorescu, CM; Apostol, N; Toullec, PY; Michelet, V

Published: DEC 2010, GREEN CHEMISTRY, 12, 2149, DOI: 10.1039/c0gc00258e

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