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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:

Chemistry:

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

Physics:

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

Themes:

  • 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 : https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-020-00869-1

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. https://eqw.qt.eu/eqw-education/

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 luiza.iarinca@itim-cj.ro, 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.

Descarcă flyerul evenimentului

Romanian Conference for Education and Research

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Researchers from INCDTIM are invited to register for the conference organized by

Enformation together with the academic publishing houses and the partner companies, with the support of the Association of Universities, Research-Development Institutes and Central University Libraries of Romania – “Anelis Plus”, with the theme:

“Access to scientific literature: Romanian International Conference for Education and Research, 8th edition, which will take place between October 27-29, 2020.

Romanian Conference for Education and Research becomes exclusively #online event in 2020!

The event is attended by top speakers who will address current topics of general interest, such as:

  • Transdisciplinarity in Education and Research
  • The importance of educational communities
  • Open Science
  • Research Failure
  • Motivation in Education and Research

The presence at the event offers participants both the opportunity to contact the representatives of the partner publishers of the Anelis Plus Association but also with other world-renowned publishers, with international speakers, to get acquainted with international trends in scientific documentation, solutions for documentation multidisciplinary and to participate in various seminars held by publishers on various current topics.

The description of the event, the topics addressed, speakers, locations, the Agenda and the registration form for the Conference can be found at: https://conferinta.e-nformation.ro/

INCDTIM has won three Norway Grants projects

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INCDTIM won three projects in the competition The Norway Grants Call for Proposals 2019 – Collaborative Research Projects (NO grants).

Two of these projects proposed for funding will be coordinated by our colleagues Dr. Crina Socaci (TiO2 nanotubes/graphene-based nanomaterials to address the emerging contaminants pollution) and Dr. Cosmin-Adrian Farcău (Nanostructured microfluidic analytical platform for dual SERS-electrochemical detection of emerging environmental pollutants).

Dr. Diana Mihaela Lazăr is responsible for INCDTIM for the third project (Hybrid Solvents – Membranes for post-combustion CO2 capture and utilization), in which the institute is a partner in the consortium.

The NO grants program contributes to the development of research-based knowledge and increase the performance of Romanian research at international level, by supporting collaborative research projects between research organizations in Romania and Donor States, in the fields: energy, environment, health, social sciences and humanities, including gender studies and studies on social inclusion, communication and information technology, biotechnology.

Quantum Future Academy 2020 – Today’s insights for tomorrow’s experts

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In November 2020, the first European Quantum Future Academy will take place in Berlin under the motto “Today’s insights for tomorrow’s experts”. As part of its EU Council Presidency, Germany, with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as host, will invite around 60 selected students from the natural and engineering sciences from around 30 European countries to an exciting and exclusive week in Berlin.

From November 1st to 7th, participants can expect exclusive insights into the most diverse areas of applied quantum technologies. These include visits of companies and laboratories, meetings with researchers and industry partners, interesting hands-on workshops and extensive networking opportunities. Of course, cultural activities in the cosmopolitan city of Berlin are not neglected.

The Quantum Future Academy is an initiative of the BMBF and is organized in 2020 in cooperation with the European Quantum Flagship and supported by numerous institutions in the participating countries. The application process for the Academy is organised independently by the European partners in their country. This event is motivated by the intention to support the formation of a sustainable network of young European researchers in the future field of quantum technologies.

The selection process for Romanian students has two steps:

  1. Applications (in English) include a letter of motivation (1-2 pages) + CV.
  2. The short-listed candidates will be invited to an on-line interview. The jury will select 2 winners for the main Quantum Future Academy Event in Berlin.

Please send your application to nicolae.tarba@upb.ro before 10 July 2020.

Further Information can be obtained from Mona Mihăilescu (mona.mihailescu@upb.ro), Radu Ionicioiu (r.ionicioiu@theory.nipne.ro) and Luiza Buimaga-Iarinca (luiza.iarinca@itim-cj.ro)

Stay tuned on Twitter at @QuantenTech and #QFA2020

The poster can be found here.