Professor Dr. Emil Cordos 
Education | Professional Experience | Professional Affiliation 
Publications | Research Topics | Projects 

Date of birth: 1936, November 1 
Nationality:  Romanian 
Marital status:  Married  (Doina Veturia) 
Number of children: no children

    Actual positions
  • Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Cluj-Napoca
    and Head of the Analytical Chemistry Division, 
    University "Babes-Bolyai" Cluj-Napoca. 
  • Director of the Research Institute for Analytical Instrumentation, Cluj-Napoca. 


  • Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University "Babes-Bolyai"
    Arany Janos 11, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Romania 
    Tlf.: +40 64 193833, Fax: +40 64 190818 
  • Research Institute for Analytical Instrumentation 
    Donath 67, 3400 Cluj - Napoca, Romania 
    Tlf.: +40 64 420590, Fax: +40 64 420667, email: 
  • Home: Cardinal Iuliu Hossu 19, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Tlf. +40 64 196459 
  • High school "Emil Racovitã" Cluj-Napoca, 1947-1954 
  • University: Chemistry Department, University "Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca. 
    Graduated in 1959 
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University "Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, 1969. 

Professional Experience 












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    Teaching positions 
    Teaching assistant, 1960-1967, 
    Lecturer, 1968-1976, 
    Associate Professor, 1976-1990, 
    Professor, 1990 to present, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University "Babes-Bolyai" Analytical Chemistry Division. 
    Teaching Instrumental Analysis for undergraduate and Analytical Spectroscopy for Master level classes. 
    Research positions abroad 
    Visiting researcher at Institut Stalii i Splavov , Moscow, 1966.
    Fulbright scholar, University of Illinois, Department of Chemistry, 1967-1968. 
    Research associate University of Illinois, Department of Chemistry, 1970-1972. 
    Visiting research professor, University of Illinois, Department of Chemistry, 1976. 
    Research positions:
    Head of Branch, Entreprise for Research Instrumentation, Cluj Branch, 1981-1990. 
    Director, Research Center for Analytical Instrumentation, Cluj-Napoca, 1990-1996. 
    Director, Research Institute for Analytical Instrumentation, Cluj-Napoca, branch of the National Institute for Research and Development in Optoelectronics, INOE 2000, 1996 to present. 
    Positions in Academic management 
    Deputy Dean, 1977-1981,
    Dean Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University "Babes-Bolyai",1990-1992. 
    Head of the Analytical Chemistry Division, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University "Babes-Bolyai", 1996 to present. 
Professional Affiliation
Romanian Society of Chemistry and member in the National Council of the Society Spectroscopy Committee of Romanian Academy 
Romanian Society of Analytical Chemistry 
Society of Applied Spectroscopy 
Romanian Society of Optoelectronics 
Romanian Society for Measurements 
Romanian Society for Instrumentation 
Founder and President of the Foundation "Proanalitica XXI" 
Founder member of EURACHEM Romania 
Founder member of Environmental Managers Association, Romania.

and Papers Presented


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4 books 
3 textbooks 
1 chapter in an international monograph 
101 scientific papers (30 in international journals). 
20 invited lectures at international scientific meetings 
Over 300 papers presented in Romanian scientific meetings 
10 patents

Research Topics and Achievements


  • The main approached projects are from the following domains: 
      - Computer driven automated methods of analysis. 
      - Automatic spectrometric analytical instrumentation. 
      - Analytical atomic spectrometry with radiofrequency and microwave generated plasma sources. 
      - Analytical atomic fluorescence spectrometry. 
      - Spectrometry for environmental monitoring including mobile and portable instrumentation. 
      - Speciation of toxic elements in environment and biology. 
      - Ceramic and organic semiconductor based gas sensors. 
  • Along the published papers in analytical chemistry and instrumentation, an important result of the projects in the above mentioned fields was the creation of the infrastructure for a good quality research. Parts of the projects were dedicated to design and manufacture analytical instrumentation. This provided the financial support for further development of the material base and for structuring a real research school in this field. It was an interdisciplinary type of research doubled with the managerial activity required assembling a team that include both scientists and engineers. I managed to assemble two groups of researchers, engineers and technicians. One started within the Institute of Chemistry in Cluj-Napoca, in 1977 and the other as a branch of the Enterprise for Research Instrumentation, Bucharest (1981). In 1991 these two groups merged and formed the Research Center for Analytical Instrumentation (Centrul de Cercetare pentru Aparatura Analitica, CAA). In 1996 the Center became Research Institute for Analytical Instrumentation, a branch of the National Institute for Research and Development in Optoelectronics, INOE 2000 and it was recently re-accredited with this status. 
    The research group and the institutes I directed have a large number of achievements. I would mention just a few that I have been involved with and that could be considered milestones in the history of Romanian built analytical instrumentation. 
      Spectrofotometer in the visible range of spectrum, first Romanian built instrument of this type (1978)
      Flamephotometer, first Romanian built instrument for flame emission spectrometry (1984) 
      UV-Vis Single Beam Spectrophotometer (1985) and UV-Vis Double Beam Spectrophotometer (1985), first Romanian high performance instruments, microprocessor driven. 
      Radiofrequency Inductively Coupled Spectral Source and the Spectrometer with Inductively Coupled Plasma Torch, the first high performance instrument of this type built in the former socialist countries (1988). 
      Automated equipment for chemical analysis. First analytical robots built in the former socialist countries (1988). 
      Capacitively coupled radiofrequency plasma, a promissing low power spectral source that could be the heart of low argon flow emission spectrometer. The first model was built in 1991. 
      Graphite furnace atomic absorbtion spectrophotometer. Experimental model of a high performance instrument with entirely Romanian software (1994). 
      Modular diode array spectrometer. Prototype built in 1996. 

Recent and 
on-going Projects 


  • Low power capacitively coupled plasma sources 
  • European Comision Project EXPASCAN: "Exposure to Arsenic and Cancer Risk in Central and East Europe". Main partners Imperial College, London, UK, Univ."Babes-Bolyai" Cluj-Napoca 
  • European Comision Project IRCYL: Investigation of the Risk of Cyanide in Gold Leaching on Health and Environment in Central Asia and Central Europe Main partners: ICON Consultants, London, UK, Umwelt Medical Institute for Environmental Hygiene, Duesseldorf, Germany Univ."Babes-Bolyai" Cluj-Napoca 
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