Department of Microelectronics and Biomedical Engineering

sontea

 

VICTOR SONTEA

Head of the department
university professor, doctor

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: 9/7, Studentilor str.,  block of study nr. 3
Tel: +373 22 50-99-10
Department website: http://mib.utm.md/ 
E-mail: victor.sontea@mib.utm.md

 

The Department of Microelectronics and Biomedical Engineering was founded in 1965. In the department operate the following centres:

The Department provides programs of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral studies, compatible with the European credit transfer system in the following areas:

  • Bachelor studies: Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies, Biomedical Engineering;
  • Master studies: Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies, Biomedical Engineering;
  • PhD studies: Nano-microelectronics and optoelectronics, Technologies and components for electronics, Equipment and biomedical devices, Physics and technology of materials, Physics of nanosystems and nanotechnology.

The Department trains specialist engineers in the fields of microelectronics and nanotechnologies and biomedical engineering in which theoretical aspects are combined with practical excellence. The students of the Department benefit from a competitive learning environment that stimulates creativity, scientific and technical initiative, personal development and an active involvement with future specialists in building the knowledge-based society.

Maintaining excellence in research, especially for training MSc and PhD students, is one of the Department’s priorities, with scientific research focused on national, and international projects and programs. Current research activities focus on:

  • New multifunctional materials and nanomaterials, nanotechnology and electronic devices for different applications;
  • New cost-effective technologies for electronics, nanomaterials and nanodevices;
  • Development and research of sensors and nanosensors for research, industry and biomedicine;
  • Innovative biomedical devices and systems for medicine;
  • Nuclear and radiological security.

Every year the departmental staff members publish on average 35 scientific papers, including ca. 15 in per-review journals with impact factor (IF). In recognition of scientific excellence, a number of prestigious scientific journals have published on their covers images from the Department’s publications, e.g. Physica Status Solidi RRL (Germany, IF 3.729), Physica Status Solidi B (Germany, IF 1.54), Nanotechnology (United Kingdom, IF 3.399), Advanced Materials (Germany, IF 25.8),  Journal of Nanoelectronics&Optoelectronics (USA, IF  0.98),  KONA Powder and Particle Journal (Japan, IF 1.55), Advanced Functional Materials (IF  15.62), SMALL Nano-Micro (IF 10.85).

In December 2018 Oleg Lupan, university professor, dr. habil. of the Department was included in the World’s Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers – the only Moldovan researcher listed in 2018, cross-field category by Web of Science. Professor. dr. hab. Oleg Lupan also is the winners of the National Prize (2018 edition) for contribution to the development of nanotechnology and the promotion of national science abroad.

Relevant EU projects

EU funded projects include:

  • ERASMUS+ Setting peer review instruments and goals for medical (health) education/spring, 15.11.2019 – 14.11.2022, (Project manager RM/UTM – univ.prof, dr. Victor Şontea);
  • NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) G5634 – AMOXES program,   Advanced Electro-Optical Chemical Sensors, 2019-2022, (Project manager – univ.prof, dr.habil., Oleg Lupan).

The Department is actively involved in the activities of the H2020 NanoMedTwin Project “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” November 2018 – October 2021, through participation in the organization and development of the Autumn School, “Nanotechnology and biomedical engineering”, and advanced courses in “Nano-Bioengineering”.

During 2013-2016 the Department implemented the project TEMPUS-JPCR no. 543904-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-GR-TEMPUS-JPCR Education in Biomedical Engineering, TEMPUS IV Initiative for Eastern Neighborhood countries (TEMPUS BME-ENA).  The purpose of the BME-ENA project was to promote, establish and improve Biomedical Engineering (BME) Education in the Eastern Neighbouring Area (ENA), through the creation of 4 joint multidisciplinary MSc BME programs in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The structure of the programs was built upon the European Higher Education Area principles, aiming to lead to comparable degrees, and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) that will enable mutual recognition and increased students and teaching staff mobility. To achieve these goals the ENA Universities were assist by EU Institutions.

The Department participated in the activities of the MOLD-ERA Project (FP7) “Preparation for Moldova’s integration into the European Research Area and into the Community R&D Framework Programs on the basis of scientific excellence” through organizing and conducting: the first Summer School in nano-bioengineering, biomaterials and biocompatibility; advanced training courses in nano-bioengineering, biomaterials and biocompatibility.

In the last 5 years the Department has carried out another 4 projects under a “Joint research initiative development” between The Academy of Sciences of Moldova (ASM) and STCU (Science & Technology Center in Ukraine):

  • STCU 6229 – The localized synthesis and integration of semiconducting oxide nanostructures for gas and biomedical-sensing applications. 2017-2019;
  • STCU 9604 – CBRN Export Controls Moldova’s Handbook: to raise awareness of CBRN and dual use export control among the relevant business communities. 01.09.2018 – 01.09.2019;
  • STCU 5989 – Chemical Sensors and Bio-sensors based on Nanostructured Semiconducting Oxides. 01.03.2015-28.02.2017;
  • STCU 5833 – Nanostructures based on metal oxides for applications in sensor devices 01.01.2013-31.12.2014.

In 2019, the Department successfully completed project SSM-2018-997 sustained by the Swedish Radiation Safety AuthoritySupporting the research and teaching activity of the National Nuclear Security Support Centre.

Collaborations with organizations in Europe

The Department has established scientific collaboration and joint research relationships with many European organisations, such as:

  • Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany);
  • Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel (Germany);
  • University of Patras, (Greece);
  • University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Croatia)
  • University of Brescia (Italy);
  • Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medical Bioengineering Faculty (Romania);
  • Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications & Information Technologies (Romania);
  • Institute for Materials Science at the University at Kiel (Germany);
  • University of Central Florida (USA);
  • University of Paris (Paris, France);
  • CNRS (Paris, France, Paris);
  • The George Washington University, School of Medicine & Health Sciences;
  • University College London (England);
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (India);
  • University of Aveiro (Portugal).

To ensure training of specialists at the level of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate, compatible with the European system of transferable credits and adjusted to the requirements of EU education, the Department maintains collaborative relationships with many authorities and companies including:

  • International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Continental Automotive Systems SRL (Romania)
  • Continental Automotive Systems SRL (Romania)
  • EQUIP – TEST KFT, (Hungary)
  • ACST GmbH (Germany)
  • Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Sweden)

Brief information on Patents

Following the results of the research carried out at the Department, a number of patents were obtained at national level:

  • Device and method for measuring the resistance of the sensor based on nanostructured semiconductor oxides in the tuning order of microwaves. VERJBIŢKI, Valeri; LUPAN, Oleg; RAILEAN, Serghei, MD Patent, 1269. 2018.07.31. BOPI nr. 7/2018.
  • Device for measuring the parameters of the sensor based on nanostructured semiconductor oxides in the tuning order of microwaves. VERJBIŢKI, Valeri; LUPAN, Oleg; RAILEAN, Serghei. MD Patent, 1270. 2018.07.31. BOPI nr. 7/2018.
  • Copper oxide based ethanol sensor. ABABII, Nicolai; POSTICA, Vasile; TROFIM, Viorel; LUPAN, Oleg. MD Patent, 4495. 2017.06.30. BOPI nr. 6/2017.
  • Device and method for measuring the resistance of nanostructured semiconductor oxide sensors, VERJBIŢKI, Valeri; LUPAN, Oleg. MD Patent, nr. 1065, 2016.08.31. BOPI nr. 8/2016.
  • Device for measuring the parameters of sensors based on micro- and nanostructured semiconductor oxides, VERJBIŢKI, Valeri; LUPAN, Oleg. MD Patent, nr. 1023. 2016.04.30. BOPI nr. 4/2016.
  • Gas sensor based on semiconductor oxides. POSTICA, Vasile; TROFIM, Viorel; ABABII, Nicolai; ŞONTEA, Victor; LUPAN Oleg. MD Patent, nr. 4423. 2016.05.31. BOPI nr. 5/2016.
  • MoO3 based gas sensor. CREŢU, Vasilii; TROFIM, Viorel; ŞONTEA, Victor; LUPAN Oleg. MD Patent, nr. 4347. 2015.04.30. BOPI nr. 4/2015.
  • Process for obtaining MoO3 nanostructures. TROFIM, Viorel; LUPAN, Oleg; CREŢU, Vasilii. MD Patent, nr. 712. BOPI nr. 12/2013.

The results of nanotechnologies and nanosensors research were the basis for an international patent obtained in the US:

  • Fabrication of ZnO nanorod-based hydrogen gas nanosensor”.  Oleg Lupan – Chişinău (Moldova), Lee Chow – Orlando (USA), Guangyu Chai – Orlando (USA), US8263002B1 United States Patent. The nanofabrication of a hydrogen gas nanosensor device from single straight and branched, tripod shaped ZnO nanorods using in-situ lift-out technique, performed in the chamber of a focused ion beam (FIB) system is disclosed. Self-assembled ZnO branched nanorods have been grown by a cost-effective and fast synthesis route using an aqueous solution deposition method and rapid thermal processing.

Example of conferences the Department has organized

The Department was the initiator and organizer of 4 editions of the International Conference on Nanotechnologies and Biomedical Engineering (ICNBME) in the field of nanotechnologies and biomedical engineering (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019). The Conference aims at bringing together scientists and engineers dealing with fundamental and applied research to discuss and present the latest theoretical developments and applications in the fields.

Around 240 researchers participated in the 2019 ICNBME on both fundamental and applied research at the interface between nanotechnologies and biomedical engineering. Topics included: developments in bio-micro/nanotechnologies and devices; biomedical signal processing; biomedical imaging; biomaterials for biomedical applications; biomimetics; bioinformatics and e-health; and advances in a number of related areas.

The proceedings of ICNBME-2015 and ICNBME-2019 were edited by the SPRINGER publishing house:

  • Proceedings of ICNBME 2019, 4th International Conference on Nanotechnologies and Biomedical Engineering. September 18-21, 2019, Chisinau, Moldova, IFMBE Proceedings, vol. 77, Springer, Cham, ISSN 1680-0737;
  • Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Nanotechnologies and Biomedical Engineering (ICNBME-2015), September 23-26, 2015, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, IFMBE Proceedings, Volume 55, 2016, 564 p.  Springer, ISBN: 978-981-287-735-2 (Print).

The Department has participated over the past 6 years in the following conferences:

  • SPIE Conferences:  SPIE Photonics West Conference, San Francisco, California, USA, February 1-6, 2020; January 27-February 1, 2018; January 28 – February 2 2017; 4-6 May 2015. Barcelona, Spain;
  • EMN Meeting on Nanowires, 2018 June 11-15, Prague, Czech Republic; May 4-7, 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia;
  • 4th International Forum on Research and Technologies for Society and Industry, Palermo, Italy, 2018;
  • DPG-Frühjahrstagung und EPS-CMD27 DS 3: Oxide Semiconductors for Novel Devices (Focused Session): Session I, Berlin, Germany, March 12, 2018;
  • E-MRS, Nanomaterials, nanostructures and nano-devices, section D-Nanomaterials – electronics &-photonics, September 19-22, 2016, Poland; 2017 Fall Meeting, September 18-20, 2017, Poland;
  • SPIE Conference 9519, SPIE Micro-Technologies, 4-6 May 2015. Barcelona, Spain.
  • SnT2019 CTBT: Science and Technology Conference, 24-28 June 2019, Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria;
  • NAP – International Conference on Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties, September 15-20, 2019 Odesa, Ukraine; September 14-19, 2017, Lviv, Ukraine; September 16-23 2015, Lviv, Ukraine;
  • 6th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, September 7-11, 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia;
  • The 5th IEEE International Conference on E-Health and Bioengineering – EHB 2015, Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania, November 19-21, 2015;
  • International Conference on Nanotechnologies and Biomedical Engineering (ICNBME-2019). Chisinau, Moldova, September 18-21, 2019, (ICNBME-2015), September 23-26, 2015.

 

Date: 10th March 2020. Edited by Michael Remes, EFPC

For H2020 and other EU funding opportunities, please contact Prof. Michael Remes

Email: michael.remes@adm.utm.md