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Visit of JINR, Dubna representatives at ITIM

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On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 15:00, the representatives of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research JINR, Dubna visited the National Research-Development Institute for Isotopic and Molecular Technologies.

Concrete results of ITIM’s collaboration with JINR Dubna were discussed and new possibilities for extending cooperation to new directions were explored.

The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. N.V. Antonenko, deputy director of the Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Dubna and Dr. T.M. Shneidman, a scientific researcher at the same institution. On behalf of the institute, the meeting was attended by the Director General, Dr. Eng. R.V.F. Turcu, Dr. C. Filip, scientific director, Eng. G. Popeneciu, technical director, Dr. I. Turcu, president of the Scientific Council, and project managers in partnership with JINR Dubna.

PIM2021, a success, despite the pandemic times

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Over the course of the three days, the conference provided a stimulating platform for communication and discussion on a wide range of topics, from basic physics, chemistry to applied research on energy efficiency, the environment, materials and isotopic technologies.

This year’s edition was attended by scientific personalities from universities, institutes and research centers in Italy, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania.

The event brought together 180 participants, of which 26 from abroad, and 17 plenary presentations, 31 oral presentations, 138 posters were disseminated.

At the same time, on Friday, September 24, during the conference, the micro-symposium “Celebrating over half a century of Magnetic Resonance in Romania” took place. This event was organized by the magnetic resonance community (RPE / RES, MRI), aiming to celebrate the pioneering contributions of Professor Ioan Ursu to the development of this field in Romania.

14 May 2021 – 40 years since the space flight of the Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu

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On 14 May 1981 Romania was sending the first cosmonaut in space, becoming the 11th country in the world to do this. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu became the 103-rd person in the world that achieved this milestone.

The launch took place on 14 May 1981 at 20:16 Romanian time, with the Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu and the Russian commander Leonid Popov on board. After 8 minutes and 50 seconds, the spacecraft separated from the last stage. 28 hours passed before the coupling with the orbital station, during which the cosmonauts made two orbital maneuvers, tested the systems of the ship and also had some time to rest. The Soyuz 40 spacecraft coupled with the Salyut 6 orbital station on 15 May at 21:50 Romanian time.

Together with the station crew — the pilot-cosmonaut Vladimir Vasilievici Kovalionok, seconded by the pilot-cosmonaut Victor Petrovici Savinîh — they ran a number of 11 Romanian scientific experiments during the flight, four experiments from flight partners and several other experiments that were ongoing from other Intercosmos crews.

Among the Romanian experiment was:

  • the NANOBALANTA experiment proposed by ITIM focused on the stability of the protective layers of silicon dioxide deposited on the optical components of the space station (windows, lenses, solar cells, etc.) under the influence of the cosmic environment (radiation, solid microparticles, temperature variations). For this purpose, the deposited protective layer was used as a resonator and the changes were monitored through the effect on the resonator frequency.

INCDTIM won seven projects at the PCE2020 competition – Exploratory Research Projects

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INCDTIM won seven projects at the PCE2020 – Exploratory Research Projects competitions within the P4 program, Fundamental and Frontier Research, of UEFISCDI.

The seven projects won are in the fields:


Photochemical behavior of some polydopamine-based nanostructures, project director, Dr. Attila Bende


Active tuning of plasmon resonances in gold nanoparticle arrays on elastomeric substrates for ultrasensitive dual MEF/SERS biosensing, project director, Dr. Cosmin Farcău

Engineering Sciences:

Automated fault detection and non-contact diagnostic tools for aircraft industry, project director, Dr. Mihaela Streza

Materials Science:

Unveiling the mystery behind the strong polydopamine adhesion: an original approach by introducing local isotopic markers, project director, Dr. Claudiu Filip
Stability of the conjugated sulfonamides MOFs used as electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries, project director, Dr. Cristian Morari
Neoteric polymers with tunable thermal conductivity, project director, Dr. Alexandrina Nan

Applied Life Sciences and Biotechnologies:

Metabolomic approaches – challenges and a step forward in honey recognition, project director, Dr. Alina Măgdaș

INCDTIM at 70 years old

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CURRENT REGIONAL: Home in Europe – December 17, 2020

Moderator and director: Mihnea Stoica
Guest: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Flaviu TURCU – General Manager INCDTIM


  • The fate of pandemic research
  • INCDTIM at 70 years old
  • Innovation in Romania
  • Emerging technologies
  • INCDTIM’s future projects

Conjugated sulfonamides: a new class of materials for lithium-ion batteries

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In December 2020 was reported a new class of organic materials for lithium-ion batteries :

The study was published in Nature Materials as result of the research conducted by a joint team from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, INCDTIM Cluj-Napoca, Romania and the University of Nantes, France.

The INCDTIM contribution consists in computational support for the experimental component of the study, and was financed within the PN19 35 01 01 project from the NUCLEUS program.

Patents presented by INCDTIM at the International Exhibition of Research, Innovations and Inventions PRO INVENT 2020

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At this year’s edition of the “International Exhibition of Research, Innovations and Inventions PRO INVENT, 18th edition, November 18-20, 2020″ the 11 inventions presented at the institute received Diplomas of Excellence and Gold Medal.

(1) OSIM cu Nr. A00531 din 24.08.2020
Desulfatization, optimization and application technique of the spent plates provided from car battery
Autors: Rada Simona, Opre Răzvan, Pintea Andrei, Culea Eugen

(2) RO134558 (A0)-2020-11-27
Preparation, incorporation and application of radioactive waste in glasses based on B2O3-PBO
Autors: Rada Simona, Dehelean Adriana

 (3) RO134457(A0)-2020-09-30
Device for characterizing thermoelectric materials
Autors: Surducan Vasile, Surducan Emanoil, Macavei Sergiu

(4) RO134072(A0)-2020-04-30
Device for charging, measuring and balancing by sequential switching of secondary batteries connected in a bank
Autors: Surducan Vasile, Surducan Emanoil

(5) RO133721(A0)-2019-11-29
Device for the real-time observation of the evolution of macroscopic biological material in vitro
Autors: Alexandra Ciorîţă, Vasile Surducan, Emanoil Surducan

 (6) RO132726 (B1) 2019-10-30
Device for recovering the air slipstream energy of motor vehicles running on highways
Autors: Bot Adrian, Bruj Emil, Rednic Vasile, Pogăcian Gheorghe-Sergiu, Zotoiu Dan-Ioan-Alin

 (7) RO133612(A0)-2019-09-30
Process for preparng magnetic clusters with high magnetization, based on magnetite nanoparticles and feco/aloparticles
Autors: Crăciunescu Izabell, Turcu Rodica Paula, Balanean Florica, Vekas Ladislau

 (8) RO133593(A0)-2019-08-30
Universal cold plasma applicator to be used in surface engineering
Autor: Cristian Tudoran

 (9) RO133531(A0)-2019-07-30
Voltage step-up micro-convertor device and method for carrying out the same
Autors: Robert Gutt, Vasile Surducan, Emanoil Surducan

 (10) RO133488(A0)-2019-07-30
Auxiliary device for protection against spilling of powder metal samples upon electric arc ignition
Autors: Cristian Tudoran, Ioan Coldea, Adrian BOT, Dan Lupu, Maria Coroş

 (11) RO133284(A0)-2019-04-30
Solar concentrator with multiple focal points and stirling motor
Autors: Bot Adrian, Rednic Vasile, Bruj Emil, Pogăcian Gheorghe-Sergiu, Gergely Ștefan, Pop Ionel-Radu, Gutt Robert

INCDTIM – partner in Horizon 2020 project

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A proposal in which INCDTIM is partner has passed recently the evaluation stage and entered the procedure for granting 3.075 milion euros  financing via the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union.

The project ”eXtreme ultraviolet to soft-X-ray Photonic Integrated Circuits – X-PIC” will be developed in cooperation with two top research intitutions from Italy, namely  Politecnico di Milano (coordinator) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and a private german laser company, Class 5 Photonics.

This project aims at the realization of a new technological platform for the development of a EUV – soft X-ray integrated photonics.

The primary goal is to develop a novel technology able to manipulate high-energy photons of attosecond duration in integrated devices; in particular, the spectral range going form the extreme ultraviolet to the soft X-rays is very attractive for applications in Micro- and Nanoelectronics, Biology, Pharmacology, Material and Surface Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Metrology and in many other fields.

European Quantum Week

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Ce reprezintă sesiunile educative ale European Quantum Week?

Acest eveniment virtual este conceput pentru a familiariza elevii de liceu cu noțiunea de „tehnologii cuantice”. Evenimentul este organizat în cadrul Quantum Flagship în toate țările din Uniunea Europeană și va avea loc în cadrul primei ediții a European Quantum Week (EQW) 2-6.11.20.

Cui ne adresăm?

Toți elevii din anii terminali de liceu sunt bineveniți să participe la sesiunile educative din cadrul European Quantum Week.

Cum puteți participa?

Orice clasă din județul Cluj poate să participe prin înscrierea online aici sau prin email către, menționând “participare EQW2020 Cluj” până la data de 29.10.2020.

Ce vom face?

Cursuri interactive on-line cu durata de aproximativ 40 de minute în timpul orelor de curs ale elevilor în săptămâna 2-6 noiembrie 2020. Cursurile vor fi ținute în limba română de către cercetătorii de la Institutul Național de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Tehnologii Izotopice și Moleculare. Cu câteva zile înainte, veți primi un link pentru Zoom.

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