Romanian Catalysis Groups








University of Bucharest, Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Catalysis

Head: Prof. Vasile Parvulescu


Inorganic syntheses

Environmental Catalysis

Catalysts syntheses (sol-gel preparation, embedded colloids, mesoporous catalysts)

Catalytic processes (hydrogenation, oxidation, environmental catalysis, catalysis on membranes, valorisation of biomass)

Catalysts characterization

Laser and Plasma Chemistry


Address: Bd. Regina Elisabeta, nr 4-12, 030016, Bucharest

Tel.: +40 21 4100241



”Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy

Address: Splaiul Independentei 202, 060021, Bucharest, Romania

Group 1

Head: Dr. Viorica Parvulescu


Synthesis and characterization of:
-Mesoporous oxides as supports or catalysts
-Nanomaterials for fuel cells applications
-Composite materials  and  membranes asa catalysts and supports
-Hybride catalysts Oftained by functionalization  of silica and with organic groups and metals or organometallic complexes
-Biomaterials obtained by immobilzation of biocompounds on mesoporous oxides
-Catalytic and biomimetic oxidations of organic compounds in liquid phase reactions
-Catalytic oxidation in gas phase of hydrocarbons from air
-Photocatalytic oxidation in liquid phase



Group 2

Head: Dr. Ioan Balint


I.Synthesis and characterization of :
a. Mono nanoaparticles: Pd, Pt, Rh,Au
b. Bimetallic nanoparticles Pd-M, Pt-M, Rh-M ( M= Cu, Ag, Au) assambled by Al2O3 and TiO2
2. Mesoporous alumina
3. Composite materials:

  1. SiO2  -TiO2 with tubular morphology added with Au, Pt obtained by sol-gel method
  2.  Au CuOx-TiO2 chemically assembled used as light captor

II. Catalytic test:

1.Catalytic reduction of NO3- from drinking water
2.Catalytic conversion of methane
3.Photocatalytic reduction of TCE and PCE
4.Catalyic and photocatalytic oxidation of carboxylic acids
5.Photocatalytic water splitting


Group 3

Head: Dr. Cornel Munteanu


– Lower olefin (C3-C4) oxidation on multicomponent oxide catalysts;
– Semiconductor properties of oxide catalysts; AC in situ electrical conductivity measurements on catalytic systems;
– Dynamics of the lattice oxygen in oxide catalysts for selective oxidation;
– Morphology investigation of catalyst by electron microscopy (SEM/EDS; TEM)



Group 4

Head: Dr. Viorel Chihaia, Dr. Gabriel Munteanu


- Electronic, structural and thermodynamic properties of clean and defect
- Modeling and simulation of adsorption, surface and bulk diffusion,
catalytic reactions, adsorption and desorption,
- Surface functionalization,
- Molecular Dynamics and Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of formation and
growth of the thin films and nanoparticles on surfaces,
- Adsorption, diffusion, reaction and filtration in porous media,
- Modeling and building methods for clusters, embeddings and periodic
- Efficient and scalable multiscale algorithms for various calculation
methods (Electronic Structures, Force Fields, Molecular Dynamics, Monte
Carlo) for the investigation of the clusters, surfaces, interfaces and
bulk phenomena.

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National Institute for Research and Development on Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Porous materials for gas production and storage group

Head: Dr. Valer Almasan, Dr.Mihaela Diana Lazar


- hydrogen production by catalytic reforming of oxygenated organic compounds;

- nanostructured carbon (graphenes, OMC) - preparation, characterization, application in gas storage and catalysis;

- MOf type materials - preparation, characterization, application in gas storage and catalysis.

Address: Str. Donat nr. 67-103, 400293, Cluj-Napoca

Tel.: +40 264 584037, int 186,129





"Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iaşi

Head: Dr. eng. Emil Dumitriu


The development of catalytic materials by applying new synthesis strategies and optimization of the conventional approaches as well as the evaluation of their catalytic properties:

  • Synthesis of micro- and mesoporous materials: zeolites, ordered and wormhole-like mesoporous materials, layered double hydroxides and so on;
  • Synthesis of  oxide/metallic nanoparticles on multifunctional mesostructured supports;
  • Immobilisation of enzymes on inorganic and/or inorganic-organic hybrid porous materials;
  • Applications in heterogeneous catalytic (redox and acid-base reactions) and biocatalytic systems;
  • Establish the relationships between the physico-chemical and catalytic properties of the solids.
  • Layered double hydroxides based materials nanoarchitectonics (elaborating strategies of arranging nanoscale structural units in desired, designed and defined ways) and to study their applications on the conversion of light energy into chemical energy.
  • Novel biomaterials formulations for applications in nanomedicine.

Address:  Bd. Dimitrie Mangeron, nr.67, 700050 Iaşi, România

Tel.: +40 232 278683



"Al. Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi

Group 1

Head: Prof. Aurelia Vasile


- Synthesis of aluminum-rich, medium and silicon-rich zeolites; chemical, structural and textural  characterization,  chemical and thermal stability; ion exchange properties; applications;
- Synthesis and characterization of intrazeolitic clusters with semiconductive properties;
- Mesoporous materials based on silicon oxide;
- Nanocomposite materials based on mesoporous silica used as transport systems for drug substances;
- Mesoporous carbon materials with applications in wastewater remediation;
- Stabilized magnetic nanoparticles in mesoporous silica matrix.



Group 2

Head: Assoc. Prof. Doina Lutic

- Micro- and mesoporous solids: synthesis by precipitation- coprecipitation, ion exchange, sol-gel, hydrothermal reactions, in the presence of ultrasound etc. and characterization by appropriate structural methods (X-ray diffraction, IR and UV spectroscopy, thermal analysis, BET adsorption, SEM, EDAX)
- Porous oxide materials in the adsorption processes: applications in the environment protection by uptake of persistent organic pollutants and in biologically active compounds conditioning (controlled release)
- Catalytic and photocatalytic materials: photocatalytic reactions for the mineralization of persistent toxic organic compounds, applications of solid catalysis in green chemistry and in chemical sensors formula



Group 3

Head: Lect. Dr. Iuliean-Vasile Asaftei

- Zeolite structure and characterization (FAU, MOR, MFI, ETS, etc.);
- Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous molecular sieves with MCM-41 and SBA-15 structure
- Synthesis and characterization of zeolites and isomorphic substituted catalysts for catalysis
- Obtaining of bi- or polyfunctional zeolite catalysts by isomorphic substitution, ion exchange or impregnation
- Testing of micro- and mesoporous catalysts (optimal working conditions) from the microreactor to industrial pilot scale.



Group 3

Head: Asist. Dr. Maria Ignat

- Advanced Nanomaterials: synthesis and characterization
- Investigations on the applicability of synthesized materials in various fields
- Improving the properties of nanostructured materials for targeted applications (nanoreactor- type materials, controlled release of active ingredients, catalysis and photocatalysis).



Address: Carol I Blvd, Nr.11, 700506, Iasi, Romania

Tel.:  + 40 232 201063, + 40 232 201363




Institute of Chemistry Timisoara of Romanian Academy

Head:  Dr. Ing. Viorel Sasca

Dr. eng. Viorel Zoltan SASCA, CS I, Group coordinator, e-mail:,
Dr. eng. Alexandru POPA, CS II, e-mail:,
Dr. chem. Orsina VERDEŞ, CS III, e-mail:
Dr. eng. Silvana BORCĂNESCU, CS, e-mail:
Dr. eng. Mariana SUBA, A.C, e-mail:,


  • Synthesis of new materials with conducted catalytic properties;
  • Synthesis of Keggin type heteropolyacids deposited on different supports; Nanostructured heteropolyacids supported on molecular sieves obtained by sol-gel method with application in catalysis;
  • Physicochemical characterisation of prepared compounds by the methods: XRD, FTIR and Raman spectrometry, UV-Vis (DRS), XPS, TEM and SEM, thermal analysis TG-DTA-DSC, Mass Spectrometry of gases, BET, BJH, de Boer;
  • Studies of catalytic properties of designed solid compoundsin catalytic dehydration/selective oxidation of alcohols and aldehydes on laboratory test equipment (micro reactors in pulse of reactant or continuous flow of reactants, micro pilot reactors);
  • CO2 catalytic conversion with low aliphatic alcohols to organic compounds or with hydrogen to more reactive compounds;
  • Kinetic studies of oxide compounds reduction with hydrogen and CO;
  • TPD of ammonia and n-butyl amine for acidity of solid materials measurement;
  • Estimation/prediction of catalysts lifetime based on the ASTM E 1877-00 “Standard Practice for Calculating Thermal Endurance of Materials from Thermogravimetric Data” method

Address: Mihai Viteazul 24, Timisoara 300223, ROMANIA

Tel.: +40 256 491818 / +40 256 491824




University of Craiova, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Nanostructured Hybrid Materials research laboratory

Head: Dr. Mihaela Mureseanu


  1. Development of new nanostructured organic/ inorganic hybrid materials and metal/ceramic nanocomposites synthesized by sol-gel process with applications in catalysis, advanced separation and purification processes;
  2. Biomolecule immobilization into different supports and their catalytic activity testing;
  3. Porous materials and nanostructured assemblies with applications in environmental remediation.
  4. New photoactive materials based on modified nano TiO2

Address: Calea Bucuresti 107 I, Craiova, Dolj, 200478, Romania




Transilvania University of Brasov, Institute of the University, Center Renewable Energy Systems and Recycling (RESREC), Advanced Materials Group

Head: Prof. dr. eng. Anca Duta


Integrated research aiming at developing novel, efficient, affordable and up-scalable solutions for solar energy conversion, in the concept “from materials to prototype”.

Wastes recycling for products’ development.

Materials and complex structures with controlled properties for solid state solar cells, spectrally selective solar-thermal coatings and photocatalysts.

Heterogeneous photocatalysis:

  • Photocatalytic UV and VIS active materials, developed as powders and thin films: (un)doped wide band gap photocatalysts (focus on TiO2, ZnO, WO3)
  • Photocatalytic VIS active tandem systems, developed as powders and thin films: composite systems containing n-n, n-p and n/p-Metal single or multiple interfaces (e.g. TiO2/WO3; TiO2/CuxS/Ag, SnO2/CuxS/TiO2)
  • Photocatalytic inks as a step forward towards scaling up
  • Photocatalytic reactors

Address: Building L7, Institutului Str. No. 10, 500484, Brasov, Romania

Tel.: +40 372 729698




”Petroleum – Gas” University of Ploieşti

Head: Prof. Dragoş Ciuparu


Synthesis and characterization of:

-Mesoporous molecular sieves for catalysts

-Nanostructured materials for applications in catalysis

-Non-faradaic Electrochemical Modification of Catalytic Activity

-Catalysis for fuels upgrading

-Catalysis for oil refineries and petrochemical processes

-Photocatalysis for water treatement

Address: B-dul Bucureşti 39, 100625 Ploieşti, Romania




National Institute of Materials Physics

Head: Dr. Cristian Mihail Teodorescu, Dr. Nicoleta Georgiana Apostol


- surface molecular reactions

- catalytic properties of ferroelectric surfaces

- photocatalysis

Address: Atomistilor 105b, 077125 Magurele – Ilfov

Tel.: +40-21-3690170