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

Green synthesis of aminated hyaluronic acid-based silver nanoparticles on modified titanium dioxide surface: Influence of size and chemical composition on their biological properties
Authors: Stoian, M; Kuncser, A; Neatu, F; Florea, M; Popa, M; Voicu, SN; Chifiriuc, MC; Hanganu, A; Anghel, ME; Tudose, M

Published: DEC 31 2023, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES, 253, 127445, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2023.127445

Nickel Species-Modified Mesoporous SnO2 as a Non-Platinum Electrocatalyst for Bioethanol Anodic Oxidation
Authors: Spataru, T; Somacescu, S; Osiceanu, P; Culita, DC; Mihai, MA; Florea, M; Kuncser, A; Spataru, N

Published: DEC 1 2023, JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, 170, 124518, DOI: 10.1149/1945-7111/ad1557

Aminocoumarin derivatives grafted on graphene oxide - new antimicrobial agents to combat the resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and ESKAPE pathogens
Authors: Müuk, GR; Popa, M; Chifiriuc, MC; Voicu, SN; Florea, M; Neatu, F; Mihalache, I; Stoian, M; Anghel, EM; Culita, DC; Mitran, RA; Petrescu, S; Tudose, M

Published: DEC 1 2023, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 639, 158224, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2023.158224

Nitrite anodic oxidation at Ni(ii)/Ni(iii)-decorated mesoporous SnO2 and its analytical applications
Authors: Mihai, MA; Spataru, T; Somacescu, S; Moga, OG; Preda, L; Florea, M; Kuncser, A; Spataru, N

Published: NOV 20 2023, ANALYST, 148, DOI: 10.1039/d3an01249b

A Synthetic Approach for Oxadiazole-Decorated Azobenzene Photoswitches
Authors: Dobre, AF; Hanganu, A; Nicolau, I; Popescu, CC; Paun, A; Madalan, AM; Tablet, C; Mirea, AG; Matache, M

Published: 2023 NOV 13 2023, CHEMPLUSCHEM, DOI: 10.1002/cplu.202300504

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