Drd. Chirica Maria Iuliana

Assistant Researcher

Laboratory of Catalytic Materials and Catalysis

Keywords: heterogeneous catalysis, catalytic selective oxida


2014-2017 - Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bucharest

2017-2019 - Master's degree in Chemistry of medicines and cosmetics, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bucharest

2019-2022 - PhD, Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest


April, 2018 - Present:  Scientific research assistant

National Institute of Materials Physics, Romania


  • Best poster presentation award at the international conference "Catalysis Science & Technology 10th Anniversary Symposium", November 2021.
  • Mention award at the conference "Scientific Session for Student", May 2017, University of Bucharest. 

Research interests

  • Catalytic applications of MAX phases (3D layered ternary carbides and nitride compounds) and MXenes (a class of 2D materials);
  • Catalytic selective oxidation reactions and catalytic chemoselective hydogenation reactions, obtaining added values products;
  • Catalytic depolymerization of PET. 


  • Materials and biomaterials synthesis (e.g., co-precipitation method, hydrothermal synthesis, sol-gel);
  • Preparation of heterogeneous catalysts using different methods (e.g., wet impregnation, physical mixture methods);
  • Materials characterization: XRD, FTIR, Raman, TG-DTA, UV-Vis, SEM-EDXS;
  • Compounds analysis: GC, GC-MS, RMN. 

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