Brief description

The National Center for Materials Study and Testing (NCMST) within the Technical University of Moldova is a leading research centre in the fields of material science and nanotechnologies. The Centre’s activity is focused on the development of novel nanomaterials and nanodevices for various applications, including electronics, photonics, plasmonics, bio-medicine, etc. Actively collaborating with other departments at TUM, the centre plays a major role in education of a new generation of young specialists in materials science and nanotechnologies. The multifunctional character of the technological infrastructure addresses tasks related to important branches such as optoelectronics, photovoltaics, photonics, biotechnology, and biomedicine.

European Projects

  1. NanoMedTwin – Promoting smart specialization at the Technical University of Moldova by developing the field of Novel Nanomaterials for BioMedical Applications through excellence in research and twinning.

The main objective of the NanoMedTwin project is to promote the Smart Specialization Strategy in Moldova through developing the field of nanomaterials for biomedical applications by enhancing the scientific excellence of the National Center for Materials Study and Testing (NCMST) of the Technical University of Moldova via a collaborative strategic partnership program with European leading centres.

Period: 01.11.2018 – 31.10.2021


  • The University of Bristol, UK
  • The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH – Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan), Sweden
  • Hannover Medical School (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, MHH), Germany
  • The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, Belgium
  • EFPC Ltd, Israel
  1. Mold-Era – Preparation for Moldova’s integration into the European Research Area and into the Community R&D Framework Programmes on the basis of scientific excellence

MOLD-ERA consolidated the role of IEEN in Moldova as the linking unit between universities, research institutions, technology parks and SMEs. It has had a high impact in educating Moldovan society about nanobiotechnology, preparing prerequisites for the translation of nanobiotechnology science into economic benefits and improving technology transfer to industry as the basis for end products such as innovative biochips, intelligent biomaterials, analytical methods, and nanofluidic drug delivery systems

Period: 01.11.2010 – 30.04.2013


  • Coordinator: Institute of Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnology
  • The University of Bristol, UK
  • The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH – Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan), Sweden
  • Hannover Medical School (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, MHH), Germany
  • The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, Belgium
  • EFP Consulting Ltd, Israel
  • Academy of Sciences of Moldova
  1. The Danube Nano Micro Facility Network (DNMF_net)

The Danube Nano Micro Facility Network (DNMF_net) forms a network of open access nano and micro fabrication and characterisation facilities and address the whole value chain from the characterisation of new materials, through key (nano and micro)-technology development and the adaptation into products of particular relevance to the Energy, Health and ICT areas. The partners are respected infrastructures within their own country, with an international approach to collaboration. The network is coordinated by KIT, specifically by the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) a research infrastructure of the Helmholtz Association.

Period: 01.01.2017 – 31.05.2019


  • Coordinator: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility
  • Brno University of Technology, CEITEC
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Electron Devices, BME-EET
  • National Institute for R&D in Microtechnologies Romania, IMT-MINAFAB

Resumes of leading people in the department

Professor Ion Tiginyanu is an internationally recognised expert in nanotechnologies and multifunctional nanomaterials. He has made a significant contribution to the development of novel technologies for the fabrication of nanostructured III-V and II-VI compounds, in particular of surface charge lithography for GaN nanostructuring, elaboration of photonic elements based on negative index materials and nanoperforated ultrathin membranes, enhancement of radiation hardness of materials by means of nanostructuring. He was also involved in the development of high-performance device structures such as light-driven micro-engines based on arrays of TiO2 nanotubes, ultra-lightweight pressure sensors based on graphene aerogel decorated by piezoelectric nanocrystalline thin films, memristors based on ultrathin membranes of GaN etc. He serves as founding director of the NCMST, and national coordinator of the efforts related to nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. He has long standing experience in S&T international cooperation activities. He has coordinated 15 R&D projects funded under various international programs supported by INTAS, CRDF, SCOPES, BMBF, FP7 etc. He is a senior member of SPIE, member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Optical Society of America, Materials Research Society, Electrochemical Society, IEEE. Also, he is a member of the international “Committee on Capacity Building” (World Federation of Engineering Associations) and member of the Editorial Board of the “European Journal of Engineering Education”.

Dr. Research Associate Professor Eduard Monaico, a former Humboldt research fellow, has experience in the field on nanotechnologies and materials science. He developed new technological processes for nanostructuring II-VI and III-V compounds, as well as technologies for obtaining metal-semiconductor nanocomposite materials. He has a long-standing expertise in electrochemical etching and deposition, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and chemical analysis by means of EDX spectroscopy. He visited the University of Hamburg for 2 years as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow. He is author of 15 papers in journals with impact factor, published during the last 5 years, and co-author of 11 patents registered at the AGEPI, Moldova. He won 12 gold and silver medals at international exhibitions of inventions, and is a laureate of the National Award in the field of Science and Technologies for junior researchers.

From January 2015 till December 2019, Dr. Monaico was the director of the institutional project no. 15.817.02.29A “Multifunctional nanomaterials and nanoelectronic devices based on nitrides, oxides and chalcogenides for biomedicine” which has been approved for financial support for a period of 4 years. In the realization of this project three teams from the Technical University of Moldova are involved (27 persons), namely the team from the National Center for Materials Study and Testing, the team from the Microelectronics and Biomedical Engineering Department, and the team from the Physics Department, including 4 professors, 10 doctors as well as PhD students, master students, and students. Currently he is director of the STCU project “Three-dimensional hierarchical hybrid nanoarchitectures based on graphitic aerogels and nanocrystalline semiconductor compounds for multifunctional applications” (2017 – 2019) and the project in the frame of the State Programe “Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials” with title “Three dimensional nanoarchitectures with piezoelectric and magnetic properties for living cell guiding in biological media” (2016 – 2017). Besides scientific work, Dr. Monaico is involved in teaching at the Microelectronics and Biomedical Engineering Department, TUM where he holds two master courses: “Nanoelectronics” and “Nanolectronic devices”. This gives the possibility to identify and attract potential PhD students.

Dr. Tudor Braniste has experience in the field of nanotechnologies, particularly in photoelectrochemical etching of GaN, and fabrication of ultrathin membranes and micro-nanotubes for photonic, optoelectronic and memristor applications. He successfully contributed to the realization of joint projects with Germany, Swiss and Romania (visiting each of these countries repeatedly). He succeeded to synthesize GaN nanoparticles possessing both piezoelectric and magnetic properties (due to doping by Fe) and demonstrated their biocompatibility. Also, he demonstrated that GaN nanoparticles suspended in the growth medium are taken up by the living endothelial cells and deposited in vesicles, without showing any sign of cellular damage or other negative impact. Moreover, he demonstrated the unique possibility to use the intracellular inert nanoparticles as guiding elements for controlled transportation or designed spatial distribution of living cells in external magnetic fields. He has co-authored 14 papers published in international journals, and has 1 patent. He has won four medals at national and international exhibitions of inventions in Geneva, Iasi and Chisinau.


Date: 17th April 2020 (Edited by Michael Remes, EFPC)