Scientific Researcher III

Laboratory of Surface and Interface Science



Name and Surname:  Adela Nicolaev

Date of birth: 02.08.1986

Work experience:

·         2018 – Present - National Institute of Materials Physics , Laboratory of Nanoscale Condensed Matter, Group of Surfaces and Interfaces – Researcher III

·         2011- 2018  - University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, “Materials and Devices for Electronics and Optoelectronics” Research Center – Researcher


Research interest: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Syncrotron radiation, surface cleaning and synthesis of epitaxial thin films by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), Ferroelelectric surfaces: interplay structure – composition – polarization.


Education and training: 

·         2010  - 2013 - University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics Doctor   of Philosophy in Physics ( POSDRU /1.5/107/S/80765 )


·         2008 - 2010 - University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics – Master's degree in Computational Physics


·         2005 - 2008 - University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics – Bachelor's degree in Physics


Research stages:

·         01.07.2015-31.10.2015- Visiting researcher at University of Oslo, Norway- Center for materials and nanotechnology (SMN)


·         15.01.2012- 15.10.2012- research stage- Laboratoire des Solides Irradies, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France


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1. Highly Efficient Ru-Based Catalysts for Lactic Acid Conversion to Alanine
Authors: Podolean, I; Dogaru, M; Guzo, NC; Petcuta, OA; Jacobsen, EE; Nicolaev, A; Cojocaru, B; Tudorache, M; Parvulescu, VI; Coman, SM

Published: FEB 2024, NANOMATERIALS, 14, 277, DOI: 10.3390/nano14030277

2. Engineering Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Quantum Dots: Tailoring Optical and Chemical Properties through Selection of Nitrogen Precursors
Authors: Nguyen, KG; Hus, M; Baragau, IA; Bowen, J; Heil, T; Nicolaev, A; Abramiuc, LE; Sapelkin, A; Sajjad, MT; Kellici, S

Published: 2024 MAR 28 2024, SMALL, DOI: 10.1002/smll.202310587

3. Nanostructured Al2O3/graphene additive in bio-based lubricant: A novel approach to improve engine performance
Authors: Hettiarachchi, SJ; Bowen, J; Kershaw, M; Baragau, IA; Nicolaev, A; Kellici, S

Published: AUG 2023, TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 186, 108619, DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2023.108619

4. Antimicrobial Properties of TiO2 Microparticles Coated with Ca- and Cu-Based Composite Layers
Authors: Bucuresteanu, R; Ionita, M; Chihaia, V; Ficai, A; Trusca, RD; Ilie, CI; Kuncser, A; Holban, AM; Mihaescu, G; Petcu, G; Nicolaev, A; Costescu, RM; Husch, M; Parvulescu, V; Ditu, LM

Published: JUL 2022, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 23, 6888, DOI: 10.3390/ijms23136888

5. Investigating the effect of N-doping on carbon quantum dots structure, optical properties and metal ion screening
Authors: Nguyen, KG; Baragau, IA; Gromicova, R; Nicolaev, A; Thomson, SAJ; Rennie, A; Power, NP; Sajjad, MT; Kellici, S

Published: AUG 15 2022, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 12, 13806, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-16893-x

6. Preliminary Study on Light-Activated Antimicrobial Agents as Photocatalytic Method for Protection of Surfaces with Increased Risk of Infections
Authors: Bucuresteanu, R; Ditu, LM; Ionita, M; Calinescu, I; Raditoiu, V; Cojocaru, B; Cinteza, LO; Curutiu, C; Holban, AM; Enachescu, M; Enache, LB; Mustatea, G; Chihaia, V; Nicolaev, A; Borcan, EL; Mihaescu, G

Published: SEP 2021, MATERIALS, 14, DOI: 10.3390/ma14185307

7. Optimization of the structural configuration of ICBA/P3HT photovoltaic cells
Authors: Nemnes, GA; Iftimie, S; Palici, A; Nicolaev, A; Mitran, TL; Radu, A; Antohe, S

Published: DEC 1 2017, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 424, 268, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.05.002

8. Band alignment and charge transfer in rutile-TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3-xClx interfaces
Authors: Nemnes, GA; Goehry, C; Mitran, TL; Nicolaev, A; Ion, L; Antohe, S; Plugaru, N; Manolescu, A

Published: 2015, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 17, 30423, DOI: 10.1039/c5cp05466d

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