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3 02 2009

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1.1. Name (maiden name): BERCEA (ZAMFIROIU) Maria

1.2. Nationality: Romanian

1.3. Birthplace: Butnărești, Jud. Neamț

1.4. Professional address: “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, 41-A, Grigore Ghica Voda Alley, 700487 Iași, Romania


1980 – High School Diploma (Baccalaureate in the Chemistry Field), Piatra Neamt

1985 – Graduated Faculty of Chemical Engineering of Polytechnic Institute of Iași, Polymers Specialization

1994 – Ph.D. Thesis: Thermodynamic Aspects of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polymers in Solution, Supervisor: Acad. Prof. Dr. Ing. Bogdan C. Simionescu, Department of Macromolecules, “Gh. Asachi” Technical University, Iași

2017 – Habilitation Thesis: COMPLEX FLUIDS – from thermodynamic and rheological approaches to the design of new polymeric materials, “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iași


3.1. Industrial experience

1985-1988 – Engineering, Pulp and Paper Factory Suceava (Romania) (Combinatul de Celuloza si Hirtie Suceava)

3.2. Academic experience

1988 to present – Researcher, “PETRU PONI” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iași

3.3. Main area of research: Smart Materials; Self-Healing Polymers and Composites; Thermodynamic Aspects of Polymers in Solution; Rheology of Polymer Solutions, Suspensions and Gels; Rheology and Tribology of Mineral Oils Additived with Polymers; Polymer Blends


– Author or co-author in more than 150 papers in scientific journals, including some in:

Macromolecules, European Polymer Journal, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Industrial & Engineering Chemical Research, Carbohydrate Polymers, Soft Matter, Colloid and Surfaces A, B,  Polymer Bulletin, Revue Roumaine de Chimie, Journal of Macromolecular Science, Tribology Transactions, Lubrication Science, etc. A selective list is presented in the List of Publications section.

– Author or co-author in more than 40 papers published in proceedings of scientific meetings

– Participations at Romanian and international scientific meetings: more than 100

French-Romanian Meetings on Polymers (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2011); 11th , 13th, and 15th International Colloquium Tribology, Technische Akademie Esslingen, Germany (1998, 2002, 2004); Europhysiscs Conference, Sophia-Antipolis, France (1999); Rheology of Polymer Systems, Prague, Czech Republic (1999); Polymerwerkstoffe, Halle/Saale, Germany (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012); Österreichische Polymertage, Leoben, Austria (2001); International Soft Matter Conference, Aachen, Germany (2007), Roma, Italy (2013); AERC Napoli, Italy (2007, 2018); AERC Cardiff, UK (2009); E.C.T.P. Pau, France (2008); CFM Bran, Romania (2009)


1995 – Nicolae Teclu Prize accorded by Romanian Academy of Science

2009 – Emilian Bratu Medal accorded by Romanian Chemical Society

6. FOUNDER MEMBER of the Romanian Society of Rheology (2009) Member in the First Council (Honorary Secretary) and President since 2019;  Member of Romanian Chemical Society

7. FOREIGN LANGUAGES: French, English

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