Project leader: CS1 – Cristian Morari (CV)

Dr. Cristian Morari (male, permanent position) received his Bachelor Degree in Physics Faculty from University ”Bases-Bolyai” (1995) and his Ph.D. in Natural Science (Theoretical Chemistry) from University Siegen (Germany) in 2001. He start to work as junior scientist at INCDTIM, Cluj-Napoca in 1997, then followed postdoctoral stays, in Universite Catholique du Louvain, Louvain la Neuve, Belgium (2004-2006) and then at Augsburg University, Germany (2012 and 2014).

Currently he holds a position of Senior scientist at INCDTIM, Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Dr. Morari has broad interests in both fundamental and applied theoretical chemistry, computational physics, materials science and nanotechnology, with a focus on study of molecule-surface interactions in nanostructured materials.

Scientific and Academic Track Record:

  • 42 publications international peer-reviewed journals including Nature Materials, ACS Nano, PhysRev, JPhysChemC, 17 of them since 2010. First or corresponding author for 26 of the authored papers.
  • A patent request on the characterisation methods for batteries.
  • One book in the field of molecular electronics.
  • Scientific software developer (ABINIT, SMEAGOL).
  • Referee for journals including J Phys Chem C, Phys Chem Lett, Phys Rev.
  • Scientific coordinator – the most important is a national grant, two academic and one industrial partner (over 40 researchers involved).
  • Head of the newly founded group for research in the field of battery development (seven researchers involved).

Project member: Luiza Buimaga-Iarinca (CV)

Dr. Luiza Buimaga-Iarinca (female, permanent position) received the Bachelor Degree in Physics from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (2004) and the Ph.D. in Physics, from Babes-Bolyai University in 2011. Since 2006 started the research activities in INCDTIM (National Institute for R&D on Isotopic and Molecular Technoligies) as research assistant, currently being full-time researcher within the Department of Molecular and Biomolecular Physics. Luiza’s academic and research interests include computational chemistry and nanostructured materials design, her results being published in international peer-reviewed journals including Scientific Reports, Phys Chem C, RSC Adv, Phys-Chem – Chem-Phys (25 peer-reviewed papers).

Scientific and Academic Track Record:

  • 25 peer-reviewed papers including Phys Chem C, RSC Adv, Phys-Chem – Chem-Phys
  • Responsible for the computational work-packages in six research projects.
  • Member of Romanian Society of Physics and of Romanian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics.
  • Referent for scientific journals, including J. Chem. Phys, J. Mol. Sctruct., J Mol. Mod.
  • In 2016 was awarded with the Diploma of Excellence for Physics at the national contest "Young Researchers in Science and Engineering" offered by Municipality of Cluj-Napoca to recognize young researchers in science and engineering who have demonstrated excellence and have made extraordinary contributions in their field of specialty.

Project member: Adrian Calborean (CV)

Dr. Adrian Calborean (male, permanent position) received his Ph.D at French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) Grenoble and Joseph Fourier University (Grenoble) in Quantum Modeling of Multilevel Molecular Memories (2009). In 2010, he joined Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, Chimie-ParisTech Laboratoire d’Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modélisation pour l’Energie (LECIME), Paris, FRANCE, for a postdoctoral research program under the supervision of Prof. Carlo Adamo (developer of Gaussian software). Currently, he is employed as a scientific researcher at INCDTIM CLUJ-NAPOCA Romania. Research interests lies in the field of molecular electronics, computational chemistry (DFT) techniques and solid-state physics. In the last years, he was in particular focused on the dip pen nanolithography techniques and experimental characterization of new material alloys by cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy with direct applications in battery development.

Scientific and Academic Track Record:

  • 20 peer-reviewed papers including Inorganic Chemistry, J Phys Chem A, J Chem Theor and Comp Chemistry
  • One book on DFT applications in electrochemistry.
  • Scientific responsible for a national grant (five academic partners).

Project member: Doru Sticlet (CV)

Project member: Gheorge Borodi (CV)