Florica Manea is currently Environmental Engineering Professor and head of the Applied Chemistry and Engineering of Inorganic Compounds and Environment at Faculty of Industrial Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Politehnica University of Timisoara. After her PhD (2005) at West University of Timisoara in the topic of amperometric/voltammetric sensors designs and applications in water quality analysis, Dr. Maneahas been developed the applications of electrochemical processes in the water purification and the process control, by thedevelopment of a new laboratory “Electrochemical and Photocatalytical Processes in Environmental Engineering”, dedicated to the research activity for PhD and Postdoc activity and also, elaboration of dissertation thesis.
Prof.Manea research is focused on the design and the application of commercial and nanostructured carbon based electrode materials for developing amperometric/voltammetric sensors in environmental, medical and food applications. These nanostructured sensors are based on the integration of various types of the materials by type of natural zeolites, metal-organic frameworks, nanoparticles, photocatalyst and applied in water quality monitoring related to the detection of emerging pollutants (e.g., cytostatic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive etc) besides the other conventional parameter. Also, the design of the electrode materials and the electrolysis cell configurations for the development of the electrochemical process to be applied in the non-conventional and advanced water treatment. In addition, the design and the integration of the electrochemical processes within the water treatment flow at pilot scale is a prerequisite stage as treatability study before technology transfer at industrial scale.
She has published around 160research papers in ISI-ranked and other international databases journals and four national invention requests, with theHirsch index of 14 (Scopus databases). She is author/co-author for 15 books and book chapters in national and international publishing houses, dedicated to the environmental engineering. Prof. Manea has supervised 8 PhD students besides several national & international postdoctoral and other researchers in her lab and has been member more than 5 PhD panels in Romania. She has got several national and international grants related to water quality monitoring, advanced water treatment and sustainable management of water resources. Prof. Manea serves also, as scientific evaluator and member of panels of experts of various national and international governmental and nongovernmental agencies (Canada, various EU and other countries), peer reviewer for more than 10 ISI-ranked journals, member of scientific committees of various international congresses, workshops and other scientific events and she has been invited to give keynote speeches.