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Laboratory of Nanotechnology, IMT-Bucharest, Romania

Contact person: Dr. Irina Kleps
Contact address: National R&D Institute of Microtechnology, IMT-Bucharest
P.O.Box 38-160, Bucharest, Romania

tel.: + 40-21-490.82.12, fax: +40-21-490.82.38
e-mail: irinak@imt.ro

The Laboratory of Nanotehnology was recognized at national level, and funded as a Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology. Laboratory of Nanotechnology is affiliated as Centre of Nanotechnology to the Romanian Academy since 2001.

Nanomaterials and nanostructures:  design, modelling/simulation and technological experiments. 

Main areas of expertise:
The research activities carried on in Laboratory of Nanotechnology can be divided into three areas which are: Functional nanomaterials, Nanobiosystems, and Microelectromechanical Systems. The main research direction in Functional nanomaterials area is study of nanostructured silicon based or composite materials, from preparation to surface functionalisation and integration in complex systems. The Nanobiosystems area focuses on utilizing the various technologies developed in nanofabrication and MEMS to study and solve biological issues. Biomolecular patterns in microarrays, integration of sensing elements onto biochips for study of bioreactions, and implantation of active device elements in cells to study cellular biochemistry are examples of research activities being carried out. The Bio-Microelectromechanical Systems (Bio-MEMS) area focuses on the design, modeling / simulation and fabrication of new complex devices on silicon for applications in many interdisciplinary areas, and recently results in biochips, or microfluidic systems as laboratory-on-a-chip were obtained with applications in biomedicine and environmental monitoring. 

National and international networks

  • Partner in national networks: RO-NANOMED, CEEX (2004-2006).
  • Partner in international networks /projects: FP6-NoE: Nanostructured and Functional Polymer-Based Materials and Nanocomposites (NANOFUN-POLY) (2004-2008); FP6-ROManian inventory and NETworking for Integration in ERA (2004-2007); MIcro-NanOSystems European Network (2005-2008); S-E Europe Regional Network of Excellence Nanosciences and Multifunctional Materials (COSENT) (2002-2006);

International research grants

  • Marie Curie Host Fellowships programme: a young researcher from our group, Teodora Ignat, was involved in the project: Nanoelectrochemistry: from the synthesis of nanomaterials to functionality; job title: Functionalization of silicon surfaces for bioelectronics; Host Laboratory: PMC CNRS - Ecole Polytechnique France, 2005-2006.
  • NATO Collaborative Linkage Grant: 'Novel optical nanosensors on the basis of organic nanofibers', 2005 -2006, coordinated by  Prof. .Dr. Horst-Günter Rubahn from Physics Institute, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark
  •  “Drug delivery system based on microreservoirs array with porous silicon resorbable membrane caps”, Romanian-Greece International Cooperation, decembrie 2005-2007.
  • “Nanostructured silicon for optical biosensors”, Romanian-Italian International Cooperation, 2005-2007.

Research team has multidisciplinary expertize and is composed by 4 senior researchers (with background in physics, chemistry, electronics), 4 PhD students (with background in physics, chemistry, computers and specializations in pharmacy and biochemistry), 1 student (physics).

Our team: Marioara Avram; Andrei Avram; Adina Bragaru; Florea Craciunoiu;
Mihai Danila; Teodora Ignat; Irina Kleps; Mihaela Miu; Monica Simion

Instruments and equipment
Computers for simulation; instruments and software for electrical characterisation of nanostructures; Keithley model 6487-picoammeter/ voltage source- 2004; VOLTALAB10 and Trace Master 5; AMMT: Wet etching system with software for 4’ silicon wafers, potentiostat MC, silicon etching power supply; Fluorescence set-up for LEICA DMLM with images acquisition and measurement system.
We have full access to IMT technological and characterisation facilities.


  • Diploma of Excellence for participation in FP6  competition (Irina Kleps) ;
  • The Wipo Award for Woman Inventor, INVENTIKA 2006, for invention: „Bipolar Magnetotransistor with Enhanced Emitter Injection Modulation and Carrier Deflection”, Geneva and Bucharest, October 2006; (Marioara Avram).
  • Best Paper Awards “Microfluidic dynamic system for biological fluid viscosity measurements”, M. Avram, A. Avram, C. Iliescu, E. Manea and C. Voitincu, Proc. of Int. Semiconductor Conf. – CAS  28th Edition, vol. 1, pp. 223-226, Sinaia, Romania.
  • Best Award Paper: Single Oriented Carbon Nanotubes Growth On Array Of Processed Microelectrodes,  F. Le Normand, C.S. Cojocaru, B. Vigolo, E. Minoux, P. Legagneux, I. Kleps, F. Craciunoiu, A. Angelescu, M. Miu, M. Simion, CAS’2005.
  • Medaille d’argent, Technologie pour un microdispositif realize en silicium avec la function d’identification de molecules de DNA, Monica Simion, Irina Kleps, Anca Angelescu, Teodora Neghina, Mihaela Miu, Adina Bragaru, Tatiana Oana Nedelcu, Florea Craciunoiu, Eduard Condac, 54eme Salon Mondial de l’Innovation, de la Recherche et des nouvelles technologies, 19.11.2005, Brussels, Eureka’2005
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