Dr. Lucia LEONAT

Scientific Researcher II

Laboratory of Complex Heterostructures and Multifunctional Materials

Keywords: solar cells; perovskite; thin-films


1.  Politehnica University, Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science; Ph.D. Degree,  MD.3930from 20.06.2013, focusing on the study of natural and nature-inspired materials for sustainable organic electronics, manufacturing, and characterization of solar cells and field-effect transistors with thin organic films.


2.  Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells, Linz, Austria; Apr-Nov 2011; Ph.D. student internship in Organic electronics, to study some of the “unusual” materials for organic electronics, manufacturing, and characterization of solar cells and field-effect transistors with thin organic films, focusing on hydrogen-bonded molecules.

3. University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, Institute of Biodynamics; 2003-2005; Master Degree in Biodynamics.


4.  University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics; 1998-2002; Academic Degree in Physics, Medical Physics.


1.  Current position, since Nov. 2016, Senior Researcher II, National Institute of Materials Physics (NIMP) Magurele: fundamental and applicative research in the field of organic/hybrid semiconductors, thin-film fabrication and characterization (SEM, AFM), fabrication and characterization of organic and perovskite solar cells with standard mesoscopic and inverted design;

2.  Jan. 2016 – Oct 2016, Senior Researcher II, National Institute for Electrical Engineering (INCDIE ICPE-CA) Bucharest: fundamental and applicative research in the field of bulk materials for electrical engineering: metallic – alloys, nanomaterials, ceramics, carbon fibers, nanotubes, graphene;

3.  2013-2015, Postdoctoral Fellow, Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria: fabrication and characterization of organic polymer and small molecule thin-film solar cells on flexible, biodegradable substrates; fabrication and characterization of perovskite solar cells on flexible, ultrathin substrates;

4.  2006 - 2013, Research Assistant, INCDIE ICPE-CA Bucharest: fundamental and applicative research in the field of bulk materials and powders for electrical engineering: metallic – alloys, nanomaterials, ceramics, carbon-based materials (fibers, activated carbon, nanotubes, graphene), by physical-chemical characterizations: porosity measurements, thermal characterization, UV-Vis spectroscopy.


Thin-film deposition by spin-coating, thermal vacuum evaporation, dr. blade;

Thin-film characterization:

·       scanning electron microscopy, operator for dual beam FIB-SEM station Auriga and Gemini 500 – Zeiss;

·        scanning probe microscopy AFM&STM, operator for Aura-Ntegra – NT-MDT station;

·        UV-Vis spectrometry;

·        surface profilometry;

Solar cells fabrication and measurements: IV  and external quantum efficiency (EQE);

Bulk materials characterization using:

·       surface area and pore size analyzer – AUTOSORB 1 from Quantachrome LTD, USA, for sorption/desorption isotherms, BET surface area, pore size distribution, total pore volume determination, main operator in ICPE-CA Bucharest;


1. "Printer for succesive deposition of ultra-thin layers of different plysical-chemical properties", authors ILIESCU M; LAZAR M; PINTILIE I; VLADAREANU L; NECSOIU T; STANCU V; TOMULESCU A G; BESLEAGA S C; SIMA M; LEONAT L; STANCIU E M; COMANESCU B; ENUICA A V, A00195/2017, Hotarare 4/21 30.01.2019;

2. "Strat mezoporos pentru celule solare pe bază de perovskiți și metoda de obținere", authors PINTILIE I; TOMULESCU A G; LEONAT L N; STANCU V; BESLEAGA S C; TOMA V; DUMITRU V G; PINTILIE L, A00364/2018, Hotarare 3/124, 30.09.2019.


Dr. Lucia Leonat, Scientific researcher rank II, graduated from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Specialization, Medical Physics (2002), holds a MSc degree in Biodynamics (2005) from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, Specialization, Biodynamics and a PhD degree in Applied Chemistry and Materials Science from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science (2013).

Work experience: National Institute of Electrical Engineering (ICPE-CA) (2006 - 2016); work and study stage and postdoc at the Johannes Kepler University from Linz, Austria and University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK; National Institute of Materials Physics (NIMP) (2016 – to date).

Main areas of interest/expertise: thin film fabrication (spincoating, slot-die, dr blade, spray coating, thermal evaporation), materials characterization (AFM, SEM), fabrication and characterization of organic and hybrid (perovskite) solar cells.

Publications (last updated November 2022): 45 articles published in Web of Science® (WoS); Hirsch index (WoS): 14; Citations (without self-citations): 1475.

Professional profile web-links: ResearcherID: N-6868-2016; ORCHID:; Google Scholar:; Brainmap:

Patents: 5 awarded patents: RO127500-B1/2012; RO126305-A0/ 2015; RO125773-B1/2016;

RO132082-B1/2019; RO132815-A0/2019.

Coordinated projects: 2 national projects: PN-III-P2-2.1-PED-2019-1411; PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2016-0703.


1. Solar mini-module with perovskite solar cells

Project Type: PED, Start Date: 2020-10-23 End Date: 2022-10-22


1. Effect of chlorine and bromine on the perovskite crystal growth in mesoscopic heterojunction photovoltaic device
Authors: Mehdi, H; Leonat, LN; Stancu, V; Saidi, H; Enculescu, M; Tomulescu, AG; Toma, V; Pintilie, I; Bouazizi, A; Galca, AC

Published: JUN 1 2022, MATERIALS SCIENCE IN SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING, 143, 106558, DOI: 10.1016/j.mssp.2022.106558

2. Sr and Mg Doped Bi-Phasic Calcium Phosphate Macroporous Bone Graft Substitutes Fabricated by Robocasting: A Structural and Cytocompatibility Assessment
Authors: Besleaga, C; Nan, B; Popa, AC; Balescu, LM; Nedelcu, L; Neto, AS; Pasuk, I; Leonat, L; Popescu-Pelin, G; Ferreira, JMF; Stan, GE

Published: SEP 2022, JOURNAL OF FUNCTIONAL BIOMATERIALS, 13, 123, DOI: 10.3390/jfb13030123

3. Electrochemical and In Vitro Biological Evaluation of Bio-Active Coatings Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering onto Biocompatible Mg-0 .8Ca Alloy
Authors: Bita, AI; Antoniac, I; Miculescu, M; Stan, GE; Leonat, L; Antoniac, A; Constantin, B; Forna, N

Published: MAY 2022, MATERIALS, 15, 3100, DOI: 10.3390/ma15093100

4. Potassium-containing triple-cation mixed-halide perovskite materials: Toward efficient and stable solar cells
Authors: Derbali, S; Nouneh, K; Florea, M; Leonat, LN; Stancu, V; Tomulescu, AG; Galca, AC; Secu, M; Pintilie, L; Touhami, ME

Published: MAR 25 2021, JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 858, DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2020.158335

5. Enhancing stability of hybrid perovskite solar cells by imidazolium incorporation
Authors: Tomulescu, AG; Leonat, LN; Neatu, F; Stancu, V; Toma, V; Derbali, S; Neatu, S; Rostas, AM; Besleaga, C; Patru, R; Pintilie, I; Florea, M

Published: AUG 1 2021, SOLAR ENERGY MATERIALS AND SOLAR CELLS, 227, DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2021.111096

6. Strippable Polymeric Nanocomposites Comprising "Green" Chelates, for the Removal of Heavy Metals and Radionuclides
Authors: Toader, G; Pulpea, D; Rotariu, T; Diacon, A; Rusen, E; Moldovan, A; Podaru, A; Ginghina, R; Alexe, F; Iorga, O; Bajenaru, SA; Ungureanu, M; Dirloman, F; Pulpea, B; Leonat, L

Published: DEC 2021, POLYMERS, 13, DOI: 10.3390/polym13234194

7. Influence of doping the inorganic cation with Eu or Sb on the properties of perovskite films
Authors: Stancu, V; Leonat, LN; Tomulescu, AG; Derbali, S; Pintilie, L; Besleaga, C; Galca, AC; Neatu, F; Neatu, T; Florea, M; Pintilie, I

Published: JUL 2020, PHYSICA SCRIPTA, 95, DOI: 10.1088/1402-4896/ab90be

8. Highly Active Transition Metal-Promoted CuCeMgAlO Mixed Oxide Catalysts Obtained from Multicationic LDH Precursors for the Total Oxidation of Methane
Authors: Al-Aani, HMS; Trandafir, MM; Fechete, I; Leonat, LN; Badea, M; Negrila, C; Popescu, I; Florea, M; Marcu, IC

Published: JUN 2020, CATALYSTS, 10, DOI: 10.3390/catal10060613

9. Exploring the effect of aliovalent substitution of Pb2+ by Eu3+ on structural, morphological and optical properties of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films
Authors: Derbali, S; Nouneh, K; Florea, M; Neatu, F; Neatu, S; Leonat, LN; Secu, M; Tomulescu, AG; Stancu, V; Pintilie, L; Touhami, ME; Galca, AC

Published: APR 2020, PHYSICA SCRIPTA, 95, DOI: 10.1088/1402-4896/ab5baa

10. Reticulated Mesoporous TiO2 Scaffold, Fabricated by Spray Coating, for Large-Area Perovskite Solar Cells
Authors: Tomulescu, AG; Stancu, V; Besleaga, C; Enculescu, M; Nemnes, GA; Florea, M; Dumitru, V; Pintilie, L; Pintilie, I; Leonat, L

Published: JAN 2020, ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, 8, DOI: 10.1002/ente.201900922

11. Bulk Versus Surface Modification of Alumina with Mn and Ce Based Oxides for CH4 Catalytic Combustion
Authors: Neatu, S; Trandafir, MM; Stanoiu, A; Florea, OG; Simion, CE; Leonat, LN; Cobianu, C; Gheorghe, M; Florea, M; Neatu, F

Published: JUN 1 2019, MATERIALS, 12, DOI: 10.3390/ma12111771

12. Comparison between dielectric and pyroelectric properties of PZFNT and BST type ceramics
Authors: Stancu, V; Amarande, L; Botea, M; Iuga, A; Leonat, LN; Tomulescu, AG; Cioangher, M; Balescu, LM; Pintilie, L

Published: 2019, PROCESSING AND APPLICATION OF CERAMICS, 13, 276, DOI: 10.2298/PAC1903269S

13. Carbon-based sprayed electrodes for pyroelectric applications
Authors: Chirila, C; Botea, M; Iuga, A; Tomulescu, AG; Balescu, L; Galca, AC; Boni, AG; Leonat, L; Pintilie, I; Pintilie, L

Published: AUG 15 2019, PLOS ONE, 14, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0221108

14. Structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films grown by rapid atmospheric mist chemical vapor technique
Authors: Derbali, S; Nouneh, K; Galca, AC; Touhami, ME; Secu, M; Matei, E; Leonat, LN; Pintilie, L; El Harfaoui, N; Fahoume, M

Published: JUL 2019, OPTICAL AND QUANTUM ELECTRONICS, 51, DOI: 10.1007/s11082-019-1937-2

15. The hysteresis-free behavior of perovskite solar cells from the perspective of the measurement conditions
Authors: Nemnes, GA; Besleaga, C; Tomulescu, AG; Leonat, LN; Stancu, V; Florea, M; Manolescu, A; Pintilie, I

Published: MAY 14 2019, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C, 7, 5274, DOI: 10.1039/c8tc05999c

16. Stable Hall voltages in presence of dynamic quasi-continuum bands in poly (3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene)
Authors: Stadler, P; Leonat, LN; Menon, R; Coskun, H; van Frank, S; Rankl, C; Scharber, MC

Published: FEB 2019, ORGANIC ELECTRONICS, 65, 418, DOI: 10.1016/j.orgel.2018.12.001

17. X Ray study of GZO thin films
Authors: Sbarcea, BG; Prepelita, P; Leonat, LN

Published: AUG 2018, ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA A-FOUNDATION AND ADVANCES, 74, E287, DOI: 10.1107/S2053273318090848

18. Normal and Inverted Hysteresis in Perovskite Solar Cells
Authors: Nemnes, GA; Besleaga, C; Stancu, V; Dogaru, DE; Leonat, LN; Pintilie, L; Torfason, K; Ilkov, M; Manolescu, A; Pintilie, I

Published: JUN 1 2017, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 121, 11214, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04248

19. Characterization of TiNi shape memory alloys obtained by spark plasma sintering process
Authors: Cirstea, CD; Tolea, F; Leonat, L; Lungu, M; Cucos, A; Cirstea, V; Tsakiris, V


20. Shape Memory NiTi Alloys Obtained by Powder Metallurgy Route
Authors: Lucaci, M; Valeanu, M; Orban, RL; Tsakiris, V; Cirstea, DC; Leonat, L

Published: 2011, RESEARCHES IN POWDER METALLURGY, 672, +, DOI: 10.4028/

21. Martensitic transformation of Ti50Ni30Cu20 alloy prepared by powder metallurgy
Authors: Valeanu, M; Lucaci, M; Crisan, AD; Sofronie, M; Leonat, L; Kuncser, V

Published: MAR 31 2011, JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 509, 4498, DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2011.01.154

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