MARCELA MIHAI
Dr. Habil., Senior researcher II
„PetruPoni”Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry(PPIMC)
Head of Laboratory of Functional Polymers „Mihai Dima”
Web: https://drmarcelamihai.wordpress.com/
E-mail: marcelas@icmpp.ro; marcelasmihai@gmail.com

Education and training

  • 1986–1991 – Chemical engineer, Polytechnic Institute of Iasi, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Section Technology of Pulp, Paper and Artificial Fibers
  • 2003–2009 – Doctor in chemistry,”PetruPoni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (PPIMC) of Romanian Academy, thesis “Specific interactions in multicomponent systems based on natural or synthetic cationic polyelectrolytes“, scientific coordination Dr. E. S. Dragan
  • 2010–2013 – Postdoctoral scholar, Project European Social Fund – Postdoctoral Program Cristofor I. Simionescu, research field – biomaterials, scientific subfield – nanostructured nano and biomaterials, funded individual project “New nanostructured architecture of the polymers obtained by self-assembly of synthetic and/or natural, with biomedical applications
  • 2016 – Habilitation, – Romanian Academy, thesis “Bioinspired crystal growth through polymeric additives and templates. From basic research to application
  • 2016 – Member on the „School for advanced studies of the Romanian Academy” (SCOSAAR), as PhD thesis supervisor in PPIMC

Work experience

  • PPIMC: 2001–2008, Research assistant; 2008–2010, Scientific researcher; 2010–2015, Senior researcher III; 2016 – present – Senior researcher II
  • Member of the Scientific Council of PPIMC and Head of the Commission for promoting the image and increasing the visibility of the institute (from March 2015)
  • Head of Laboratory of Functional Polymers (from January 2016)
  • Director of PPIMC research projectNanostructurated composite materials based on linear and crosslinked ionic polymers”, subprogram “Synthetic and Natural Ionic Polymers

Research stages in European institutes

  • group leader in specialized laboratories in Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany (2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), Institute of Polymers of Bulgarian Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria (2007), Institute of Theoretical and Physical Chemistry of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece (2012, 2016).

Scientific activity

  • Field of research: Complex multicomponent systems based on natural and synthetic polyions
  • Publications: co-author of a book, 7 book chapters, 60 scientific papers (42 in ISI ranked journals, total impact factor ~130), 12 in scientific volumes, two patents
  • Scientific meeting: more than 120 presentations (lectures by invitation in visited institutes, invited/plenary/keynote lectures, oral and posters) at national/international scientific meetings
  • “Costin D. Nenitescu” Prize of the Romanian Academy for the papers in the field “Composite materials based on calcium carbonate and pH-sensitive polyelectrolytes” published in 2012
  • Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-9763-2012

Projects

  • Research team member in different national grants/projects
  • Technical Expert in the management team – Competitiveness Operational Programme 2014-2020, Contract 142/10.10.2016, ID P_36_570
  • POSDRUindividual project, New nanostructured architectures obtained by self-assembling of synthetic and/or natural polyelectrolytes, with biomedical applications, 2010-2013
  • Project leader, Hollow microcapsules based on calcium carbonate and pH-sensitive polymers as advanced drug delivery systems (MicroCapHs), PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-1433, 2015-2017
  • Project leader, Lego-style approach for problematic water streams treatment (WaterLego), 224-ERA.Net RUS Plus, 2018-2020

Member of professional groups

  • Member of Romanian Chemical Society (since 2004)
  • Member of International Union of Crystallography (since 2011)