About us

In the last 5 years, the National Institute of Research and Development for Chemistry and Petrochemistry – INCDCP ICECHIM Bucharest had the following annual average activity:


▪ Research running projects: 80;

▪ Published articles in ISI Journal: 60;

▪ Accepted Patents: 7;

▪ Patent asking: 14;

▪ Scientific communications at international conferences and symposia : 90;

▪ International awards or diploma: 14;

▪ Books and book chapters: 5.

The institute is involved in many European projects and in other international cooperations.



National Institute of Research and Development for Chemistry and Petrochemistry,

202, Spl. Independenţei, 060021 Bucharest , Romania

Tel. 004021-315.32.99

Fax: 004021-312.34.93


Main research area

A. Applied research for new products and technologies in the following fields:

▪ bioresources valorization;

▪ nanosciences and nanomaterials;

▪ environmental protection and sustainable management of resources;

▪ increasing competitiveness of industrial products;

▪ refurbishment and revitalization of the Romanian chemical and petrochemical industry;

▪ recovery, recycling and valorization of by-products.

B. Basic fundamental and oriented research, made to deepen and increase knowledge in the following areas:

▪ reaction mechanisms, chemical kinetics, organometallic catalysts, electrochemistry, unit operations modeling, sonochemistry.

C. Analytical research

People involved in the project

Andrei SÂRBU, PhD – Project Supervisor –

– Senior researcher first degree ( CS I)

Chim. Fanica BACALUM – Senior researcher (CS I)

Emil STEPAN, PhD – Senior researcher (CS I)

Stanca CAPITANU, PhD – Senior researcher ( CS I)


Eng. Monica DULDNER – Senior researcher ( CS II)

Eng. Stela IANCU – Senior researcher ( CS II)

Chim. Liliana SÂRBU – Senior researcher ( CS II)

Eng. Inna Georgeta TRANDAFIR – Senior researcher ( CS II)


Eng. Sanda Maria DONCEA – Senior researcher ( CS II)


Eng. Steluta APOSTOL – Scientific researcher ( CS III)

Irina DUMITRU (FIERASCU), PhD – Scientific researcher ( CS III)


Radu-Claudiu FIERASCU, PhD – Scientific researcher ( CS III)


Anita-Laura CIRIPOIU, PhD – Scientific researcher ( CS III)

Stefan-Ovidiu DIMA, PhD – Scientific researcher ( CS III)

Tanta-Verona IORDACHE, PhD – Scientific researcher ( CS III)

Anamaria ZAHARIA (LUNGU), PhD – Scientific researcher ( CS III)

Eng. Raluca SENIN – Scientific researcher


Teodor SANDU, PhD – Scientific researcher

Antoaneta IORDACHESCU – Subengineer


Eugen DOMINTEANU – Technician


Stelian CIOACA – Technician


Marioara BERBEC – Technician



Research team from ICECHIM

Research domain

The team involved in this project is now running an ERANET project: Innovative materials for waste water purification systems to be installed in tourist and other small polluting objectives on the Black Sea coast- IMAWATCO and a Bilateral Interacademic Cooperation with the University of Liège: Nanocomposites polymériques inorganiques-organiques ayant des propriétés magnétiques et électriques spéciales, à base des poudres obtenues par spray drying-NAPOMEL.

Last year the same team finished two bilateral cooperation projects: Hybrid inorganic-organic polymer nanocomposites precursors for advanced materials-HIOPONAPAM, a RO-BG bilateral project and Host-guest synthesis of hybrid inorganic-organic polymer nanocomposites for special ceramics –SIGONAPOL, a RO-FR Brancusi project. In the activity of the team, there were some national projects in which there were studied inorganic-organic composites or nanocomposites: CEEX project: Hybrid inorganic-organic nanostructures based on serpentine and vinyl polymers, for advanced composites obtaining – NAHANOSCA (2005-2008) and Partnership project: Ceramic foams from polymer nanocomposites, for the treatment of flow gas streams released by thermo-power stations- SPUCERCET (2008- 2011).

Also, the team was involved in researches about the water pollutants: Molecularly imprinted polymers as support for the building of enzymatic biosensors aimed for monitoring of some water pollutants – PIMBEMOPA (CEEX project 2005- 2008) and Biosensors based on covalently immobilized enzymes on polymers, useful for nitrates and nitrites monitoring in waters for human consumption- BIOENZINIT- (Partnerships project 2008-2011).

All these, together with a well balanced composition of the team, with 5 young PhDs, a PhD student and 3 specialists in organic chemistry, having an appropriate infrastructure, make this team particularly qualified for research on producing and characterization of new hybrid hydrogel structures based on bacterial cellulose and reticulated acrylic polymers for agriculture uses.

Research infrastructure

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Equipment name

Short description


High Performance Liquid Chromatograph, Agillent Technologies (SEC- size exclusion chromatography)

HPLC 1200 Series with refractive index detector (RID) and fluorescence detector (FD from SHIMADZU), isocratic pump, organic column and aqueous column with polystyrene and dextran standards. Detection and quantification of small and macromolecular substances, calculation of molecular mass (by GPC)


pH-meter /conductometer Jenway 3540

Measurement of pH and conductivity of solutions using a single electrode


Rheometer Rheotest RV 2.1 with coaxial cylinders and cone-plate Germany

Viscosity measurement of materials (liquids, gels, pastes)


UV-VIS Spectrometer

Jenway 6300

Measurement of absorbance/transmittance of solutions in the 300-1000 nm wavelength range.


Environmental Scanning Electronic Microscope FEI Quanta 200 (ESEM)

Morphological and structural properties of materials


Particle size, molecular weight and Z potential measuring system (by dynamic light scattering) Zetasiser Nano ZS (DLS)

Measurements of particle size and Z potential of solid particles, emulsions and microemulsions.


TA Q5000 IR Instrument (TGA)

Thermo-gravimetrical analyzer which investigates the thermal degradation behavior


TA Q2000 Instrument (DSC)

Differential scanning calorimeter which underlines the characteristic physical/chemical processes taking place as the material undergoes specific thermal treatments.


SDT Q600 Instrument (Simultaneous DSC-TGA) coupled with Thermo Star GSD 301T Mass Spectrometer

Simultaneous thermo-gravimetrical analyzer and differential scanning calorimeter coupled with mass spectrometer for detection and quantification of degradation residues during decomposition of materials


FTIR Brucker Tensor 37 Photo Spectrometer with Golden Gate ATR device

Structural characterization of solid materials as KBR pallets or using the ATR unit.


UV-VIS Nicolet Evolution 500 Photo Spectrometer

Measurement of absorbance/transmittance of solutions in the 200-1000 nm wavelength range


Freeze Dryer Alpha 1-2 LD Plus

Lyophilisation or cryodesiccation – dehydration process typically used to preserve a perishable material


Ultrasonic processor

Homogenization of Dispersions, Suspensions or Solutions


Hettich Universal 320 Centrifuge 9000 rpm

Separation of Dispersions, Suspensions


Elemental Analyzer – Perkin Elmer 2400 Series II CHNS/O Analyzer

Identification and quantifications of constituent elements within organic materials: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur and oxygen.


Gas-Chromatograph Perkin Elmer Clarus 500

Detection and quantification of degradation residues during decomposition of materials


AFM Microscope MULTIMODE-8-AM Type

Morphological and structural properties of materials


Optical Microscope NOVEX

Morphological and structural properties of materials

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Selected publications

Publications in ISI Journals (2000-2013)

1. Sârbu A., Gheorghiu C., Udrea I., Bradu C., Acrylic fibres as catalyst carriers, Rev. Roum. Chim., 4, (2001), 1049-1057.

2. Sârbu A., Fibrele sintetice ultrafine-materii prime pentru o nouă generație de materiale textile, Industria Textila, 51(1), (2000), 2-6.

3. Sârbu A., Goncalves F., Norberta de Pinho Maria, The oat spelts-xylan molecular masses estimation by size exclusion chromatography, Carbohydr. Polym., 53(3), (2003), 297- 304.

4. Sârbu A., Goncalves F., Norberta de Pinho Maria, The radical induced oxidative degradation of the oat-spelts xylan, Carbohydr. Polym., 53(1), (2003), 1-8.

5. Sârbu A., Norberta de Pinho Maria, do Rosário Freixo Maria, Goncalves F., Udrea I., New method for the covalent immobilization of a xylanase by radical grafting of acrylamide on cellulose acetate membranes, Enzyme Microb. Tech., 39(1), (2006), 125-130.

6. Sârbu A., Périchaud A., Udrea I., Beda Mariana, Balan Gabriela, Sârbu Liliana, Fulga Mihaela, Fibres acryliques biocides, Rev. Roum. Chim., 51(10), (2006), 1041-1049.

7. Voicu S.I., Nechifor A.C., Radu G.L., Sârbu A., Nechifor G., Nistor C.L., Chemically modified polymers. I. Formilated aromatic polymers, Romanian Biological Sciences, IV(1-2), (2006), 7-18.

8. Voicu S.I., Nechifor A.C., Radu G.L., Sârbu A., Nechifor G., Nistor C.L., Chemically modified polymers. II. Chloromethylated polymers, Romanian Biological Sciences , IV(1-2), (2006), 57-67.

9. Sârbu A., Udrea I., Beda Mariana, Sârbu Liliana, Preparation des substrats fibreux pour l’immobilisation des enzymes, Rev. Roum. Chim., 52(4), (2007), 325-330

10. Caprarescu Simona, Vaireanu D.I., Cojocaru Anca, Maior Ioana, Sârbu A., Removal of Copper Ions from Electroplating Wastewater by Ion-exchange Membranes, Rev.Chim. (Bucharest), 60(7), (2009), 673-677.

11. Dima St.O., Sârbu A., Mara Luminita, Radu Anita-Laura, Bacalum Fanica, Sârbu Liliana, The obtaining of clinoptilolitic extrudates for environmental applications – Rheological characterization for the zeolitic pastes, Rev.Chim. (Bucharest), 60(10), (2009), 1032-1038.

12. Dima St.O., Sârbu A., Dobre T., Radu Anita-Laura, Nicolescu Tanta-Verona, Lungu Anamaria, The rheological behaviour of lightweight concrete with embedded EPS beads, Mater. Plast., 46(3), (2009), 224-229.

13. Dima St.O., Sârbu A., Dobre T., Bradu Corina, Antohe N., Radu Anita-Laura, Nicolescu Tanta-Verona, Lungu Anamaria, Molecularly imprinted membranes for selective separations, Mater. Plast., 46(4), (2009), p.372-378.

14. Dima St.O., Sârbu A., Dobre T., Udrea I., Bradu Corina, Avramescu S., Mihalache Nicoleta, Radu Anita-Laura, Nicolescu Tanta-Verona, Lungu Anamaria, Melinte S., Polystyrene wastes recycling by lightweight concrete production, Rev.Chim. (Bucharest), 60(12), (2009), 1350-1356.

15. Radu Anita-Laura, Sârbu A., Mara Luminita, Garea Alexandra-Sorina, Lungu Anamaria, Dima St.O., Nicolescu Tanta-Verona, Iovu H., Influence of the ultrasonic field on the template polymerization of acrylonitrile in inorganic structure, Mater. Plast., 46(4), (2009), 399-403.

16. Negru Ioana, Teodorescu M., Stanescu P. O., Draghici C., Lungu Anamaria, Sârbu A., Poly(N-vinylcaprolactam)-b-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) Triblock Copolymers Synthesis by ATRP and thermal gelation properties of the aqueous solutions, Mater. Plast., 47(1), (2010), 35-41.

17. Radu Anita-Laura, Sârbu A., Motoc Stefania, Mara Luminita, Fruth V., Garea Sorina Alexandra, Dima St.O., Nechifor Gh., Sârbu Liliana, Iovu H., New method for silicon nitride synthesis via hybrid polymer nanocomposites, Mater. Plast., 47(2), (2010), 167-172.

18. Teodorescu M., Negru Ioana,. Stanescu P. O, Draghici C., Lungu Anamaria, Sârbu A., Thermogelation properties of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) – block – poly(ethyleneglycol) – block – poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) triblock copolymer aqueous solutions, React. Func. Polym., 70, (2010), 790–797.

19. Teodorescu M., Negru Ioana, Stanescu P. O., Drăghici C., Lungu Anamaria, Sârbu A., A2BA2 Block Copolymers of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (A) and Poly(ethylene glycol) (B): Synthesis and Thermal Gelation Properties of Aqueous Solutions, J. Macromolecul. Sci., Part A, 48 (2), (2011), 177-185.

20. Sandu T., Sârbu A., Iovu H., Constantin Floriana, Ocnaru Emilia, Vulpe S., Dumitru Anca, Polyphenol oxidase immobilizatization on functionalized polypyrrole, Rev. Roum. Chim., 56 (9), (2011), 875-882.

21. Mara Luminita, Dima St.O., Sârbu A., Sârbu Liliana, Zavoianu Rodica, Pavel O., Taloi D., Obtaining of Hydrotalcite-based Ceramic Monoliths Through Extruzion. The Investigation of the Effect of Additives on the Rheological Behaviour of the Ceramic Pastes, Rev.Chim. (Bucharest), 62(10), (2011), 1017-1022.

22. Mara Luminita, Dima St.O., Sârbu A., Sârbu Liliana, Zavoianu Rodica, Pavel O., Taloi D., Bacalum Fanica, Obtaining of Clinoptilolitic Extrudates for Environmental Applications. II. Statistical analysis of plasticizer and shear stress effects, Rev.Chim. (Bucharest), 62(10), (2011), 1102-1106.

23. Ciripoiu Anita-Laura, Petrova Biliana, Spataru I. C., Tsyntsarsky B., Budinova T., Sârbu A., Petrov N., Carbon materials on the base of inorganic-organic polymer nanocomposite precursors, Bulg. Chem. Commun., 44(2), (2012), 159 – 163.

24. Lungu Anamaria, Xavier Perrin F., Belec L., Sârbu A., Teodorescu M., Kaolin /Poly(Acrylic Acid) Composites As Precursors For Porous Kaolin Ceramics, Appl. Clay Sci., 62-63, (2012), 63-69.

25. Lungu Anamaria, Sârbu A., Fruth V., Constantin F., Teodorescu M., Petrov N., New Inorganic/Organic Composite Obtained By Gelcasting Process As Precursors For Porous Ceramics Materials, Rev.Rom. Mater., 42 (1), (2012), 3 – 10.

26. Dima St. O., Sârbu A., Dobre T., Purcar Violeta, Nicolae C.A., Diosgenin selective molecularly imprinted polymers with acrylonitrile-methacrylic acid matrix, Mater. Plast., 49(2), (2012), 106-113.

27. Nicolescu Tanta-Verona, Meouche W., Branger Catherine, Margaillan A., Sârbu A., Donescu D., Tailor-made polymer beads for gallic acid recognition and separation, J. Polym. Res., 19(12), (2012), 1-12.

28. Ciripoiu Anita-Laura, Sârbu A., Damian Celina, Lungu Anamaria, Gabor Raluca, Iovu H., Characterization of new inorganic-organic composites based on mesoporous silica and vinyl acetate,Int. J. Polym. Anal. Ch., 17(8), (2012), 568-577(10).

29. Dima St.O., Dobre T., Sârbu A., Mass transfer in a special type of nanomaterials: MIPs, J. Optoelectron. Adv. Mater. 14, (2012), 619-623.

30. Sandu T., Sârbu A., Iovu H., Gabor Raluca Augusta, Spătaru C. I., Şomoghi Raluca, Characterization of functionalized polypyrrole, Rev. Roum. Chim., 57(3), (2012), 177-185.

31. Nicolescu Tanta-Verona, Sârbu A., Dima St.O., Nicolae C., Donescu D., Molecularly imprinted “bulk” copolymers as selective sorbents for gallic acid, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 127(1), (2013), 366–374.

32. Sandu T., Sârbu A., Constantin Floriana, Vulpe S., Iovu H., Acrylic Hydrogels–Based Biocomposites: Synthesis and Characterization, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 127(5), (2013), 4061- 4071.

33. Nicolescu Tanta, Meouche W., Branger Catherine, Margaillan A., Sârbu A., Fruth V., Donescu D., A new microemulsion approach for producing molecularly imprinted polymers with selective recognition cavities for gallic acid, Polym. Int., 62 (6), (2013), 843–982.

34. Negru Ioana, Teodorescu M., Stănescu P. O., Drăghici C., Lungu Anamaria, Sârbu A., Thermogelation properties of ABA triblock copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) (B) and copolyacrylates of oligo(ethylene glycol)s (A) in aqueous solution, Soft Materials, 11(2), (2013), 149-156.

35. Tsyntsarski B., Petrova Bilyana, Budinova Temenuzhka, Petrov N., Teodosiev D.K., Sârbu A., Sandu T., Yardim M. F., Sirkecioglu A., Removal of detergents from water by adsorption on activated carbons obtained from various precursors, Desalination and Water Treatment, DOI:10.1080/19443994.2013.801327, (2013), published on line

Brevete si cereri de brevet

1. RO Patent 121284/2007, Agent biocid si procedeu de obtinere a materialelor textile cu actiune biocida selectiva de lunga durata, Autori: Andrei Sârbu, Victoria Cosmin, Ion Udrea, Viorica Amariutei, Vasilica Bercea, Gabriela Balan, Floarea Pricop, Liliana Sârbu, Mariana Vamesu

2. RO Patent 123276/2010, Membrane polimerice continand enzime imobilizate covalent pe polimeri imprentati molecular si procedeu de obtinere a acestora, Autori: Udrea Ion, Sârbu Andrei, Nechifor Gheorghe, Radu Gabriel Lucian, Beda Mariana, Sârbu Liliana, Neata Marian, Mihalache Nicoleta

3. RO Patent 123280 / 2011, Procedeu de obtinere a fibrelor de acetat de celuloza cu enzime imobilizate covalent, Autori: Andrei Sârbu, Ion Udrea, Liliana Sârbu, Mariana Beda.

4. RO Patent126952-A2/2012, Bicomponent composite with polymeric matrix for the thermal rehabilitation of buildings Patent Assignee: Dobre T; Sârbu A; Stroescu M C; Stoica A, Inventor(s): Dobre T., Stroescu M.C., Stoica A., Sârbu A., Dima St. O., Udrea I., Melinte S.A., Costantin Silviana, Ionescu S.

5. RO Patent 126951-A2/2012, Novel composites for thermal rehabilitation of buildings involves a process for treating some granules of raw expanded polystyrene, Patent Assignee: Dobre T; Sârbu A; Stroescu M C; Stoica A, Inventor(s): Dobre Tanase, Stroescu Marta, Stoica Anicuta, Sârbu Andrei, Dima Stefan Ovidiu, Udrea Ion, Melinte Sergiu Aristide, Costantin Silviana, Jipa Iuliana.

6. Dosar OSIM: A/00229/27.03.2008, Procedeu de obtinere a nitrurii de siliciu cu structura dirijata, Autori: Sârbu Andrei, Mara Eleonora Luminita, Abagiu Traian Alexandru, Motoc Stefania, Fruth-Oprisan Victor, Iovu Horia, Garea Sorina Alexandra, Beda Mariana, Sârbu Liliana, Radu Anita Laura, Dima Stefan Ovidiu, Medalia de aur la expozitia de brevete Eureka- Bruxelles noiembrie 2008, Medalia de argint la Expozitia Nationala de inventii, oct. 2009.

7. Dosar OSIM: A/00301/17.04.2008, Silice mezoporoasa si procedeu de obtinere a acesteia, Autori: Mara Eleonora Luminita, Velea Teodor, Sârbu Andrei, Sârbu Liliana, Beda Mariana, Abagiu Traian Alexandru. Motoc Stefania, Fruth- Oprisan Victor, Garea Sorina Alexandra, Onisei Silviana, Sirbu Elena, Medalia de argint la Expozitia Nationala de inventii, oct. 2009

8. Dosar OSIM A/00133/16.02.2011, Procedeu de obtinere a spumelor ceramice din micro si nanocompozite cu geluri polimerice, Autori: Sârbu Andrei, Lungu Anamaria, Mara Eleonora Luminita, Fruth-Oprisan Victor, Teodorescu Mircea, Vasilescu Paul, Garea Sorina Alexandra, Bombos Dorin, Iovu Horia, Sârbu Liliana , Ciripoiu Anita Laura, Zaharia Emilian.

9. Dosar OSIM A/00273/29.03.2011, Procedeu de obtinere a nanocompozitelor polimerice hibride anorganic- organice pe baza de zeoliti naturali sau sintetici si poliacrilonitril, Autori: Sârbu Andrei, Ciripoiu Anita Laura, Lungu Anamaria, Bacalum Fanica, Sârbu Liliana, Bombos Mihaela Mariana, Medalia de aur la Salonul International de inventii de la Geneva aprilie 2013, Medalia de argint la expozitia nationala Euroinvent, oct. 2012.

10. Dosar OSIM A/00288/01.04.2011, Procedeu de obtinere a granulelor de polipirol continand enzime imobilizate covalent, Autori: Sârbu Andrei, Sandu Teodor, Sandulescu Robert, Cristea Cecilia, Dima Stefan Ovidiu, Udrea Ion, Bradu Corina, Dumitru Anca Aurelia, Vulpe Silviu, Iovu Horia, Sârbu Liliana, Bodoki Ede.

11. Dosar OSIM A /00990/ 03.10.2011, Procedeu de prelucrare a serpentinei, produse si instalatie, Autori: Mara Eleonora-Luminita, Predica Vasile, Sârbu Andrei, Sârbu Liliana, Enache Lenuta, Badilita Viorel, Capota Petre, Fruth-Oprisan Victor, Garea Sorina Alexandra, Soare Victoria, Neagu Eleonora, Purcaru Victoria, Stoiciu Florentin, Gherghe Sandica Liliana, Lupu Cornelia, Ghita Mihai, Ispas Adriana, Lungu Anamaria.

12. C08F 292/00 (11) 2 505 596 A2 C08J 3/00 C08J 5/00 B82Y 30/00, Process for the obtaining of hybrid polymer inorganic-organic nanocomposites based on natural or synthetic zeolites and polyacrylonitrile, Sârbu, Andrei, Buceresti, Ciripoiu, Anita Laura, Lungu, Anamaria, Sinaia, Bacalum, Fanica, Sârbu, Liliana, Bombos, Mihaela Mariana.

13. Dosar OSIM A/00139/ 08.02.2013, Membrane acrilice bicomponente multifunctionale si procedeu de obtinere a acestora, Autori: Sârbu Andrei, Sandu Teodor, Sârbu Liliana, Lungu Anamaria.

14. Dosar OSIM A/00199/05.03.2012, Perle polimerice imprentate molecular pentru extractia selectiva a hipericinei din fitoextracte, Autori: Sârbu Andrei, Iancu Stela, Duldner Monica, Apostol Steluta, Dima Stefan-Ovidiu, Ionescu Elena, Avramescu Sorin, Udrea Ion, Garea Alexandra Sorina, Sandu Teodor, Sârbu Liliana, Florea Ana Mihaela.