National Institute Of Materials Physics - Romania

Catalytic Materials and Catalysis

The Catalytic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory has 6 permanent researchers: 2 CS1 (Dr. Mihaela Florea and Dr. Florentina Neațu), 1 CS2 (Dr. Ștefan Neațu), 1 CS3 (Dr. Mihaela M. Trandafir) and 2 ACS (Dr. Anca Mirea, Dr. Iuliana-Maria Chirică) and two postdocs (Dr. Mahesh Nair and Dr. Toton Haldar).

MATCA's research concerns the development of new catalytic materials and their potential uses in energy, environmental and climate change applications.

Topics addressed in MATCA group:  

  • Design of catalytic and photocatalytic materials (preparation and characterisation);
  • Catalysis: use of synthesised materials in various catalytic processes: oxidation reactions, hydrogenation reactions, synthesis of polymers from renewable/alternative resources, depolymerisation of plastics, reduction of volatile organic compounds;
  • Photocatalysis: photocatalytic conversion of CO2 and artificial photosynthesis; water splitting;
  • Energy: synthesis of materials used as electrocatalysts in fuel cells;
  • MAX phase/MXene - preparation, caracterization andapplications in catalysis

Latest Publications

Tuning the acidity by addition of transition metal to Mn modified hollow silica spheres and their catalytic activity in ethanol dehydration to ethylene
Authors: Florea, M; Bocirnea, A; Neatu, S; Kuncser, AM; Trandafir, MM; Neatu, F

Published: SEP 25 2022, APPLIED CATALYSIS A-GENERAL, 646, 118860, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcata.2022.118860

Electrocatalytic Properties of Mixed-Oxide-Containing Composite-Supported Platinum for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells
Authors: Ayyubov, I; Talas, E; Salmanzade, K; Kuncser, A; Paszti, Z; Neatu, S; Mirea, AG; Florea, M; Tompos, A; Borbath, I

Published: MAY 2022, MATERIALS, 15, 3671, DOI: 10.3390/ma15103671

A green way for pyruvic acid synthesis from biomass-derived L-malic acid on tetrahedral versus octahedral cobalt sites/hematite
Authors: Mitran, G; Urda, A; Pavel, OD; Neatu, S; Florea, M; Neatu, F

Published: MAR 2022, BIOMASS CONVERSION AND BIOREFINERY, DOI: 10.1007/s13399-022-02513-1

Structural properties and near-infrared light from Ce3+/Nd3+-co-doped LaPO4 nanophosphors for solar cell applications
Authors: AitMellal, O; Oufni, L; Messous, MY; Tahri, M; Neatu, S; Florea, M; Neatu, F; Secu, M

Published: MAR 2022, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE-MATERIALS IN ELECTRONICS, 33, DOI: 10.1007/s10854-021-07615-6

Increasing Permittivity and Mechanical Harvesting Response of PVDF-Based Flexible Composites by Using Ag Nanoparticles onto BaTiO3 Nanofillers
Authors: Horchidan, N; Ciomaga, CE; Curecheriu, LP; Stoian, G; Botea, M; Florea, M; Maraloiu, VA; Pintilie, L; Tufescu, FM; Tiron, V; Rotaru, A; Mitoseriu, L

Published: MAR 2022, NANOMATERIALS, 12, 934, DOI: 10.3390/nano12060934


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