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Assoc. Prof. Michaela Ponta 


Date of birth: January 1, 1957 
Place of birth:  Oradea, ROMANIA 
Nationality:  Romanian 
Marital status:  Married 
Number of children:1 (one) 

Correspondence address: 

 Babes-Bolyai University      Telephone (work):  0040-264-193833 
 Chemistry Department         FAX:   0040-64-190818 
 RO-3400  Cluj-Napoca 
 ROMANIA 

University Education 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1976-1980  Undergraduate student at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 

1980  Degree in Chemistry 

1980-1981  Master Program in Inorganic Chemistry at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 

1981  MSc degree in Inorganic Chemistry 

1992-1998 Doctoral program in Analytical Chemistry at Babes-Bolyai-University Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 

1999  Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry 

 

PhD Thesis title: 
Determination of several trace elements in biological and environmental samples by emission spectrometry in low power plasma sources. 

Positions 

 

 

 

 

  • Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Cluj-Napoca 
    Department for Analytical Chemistry 
    2004 present Assoc. Prof.
  • 1996 -2004 - Lecturer 
    1990-1996 - Teaching Assistant 
  • Institute for Scientific Instruments, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca Branch 
    1985-1990, Chemist 
  • Heavy Machine Plant, Cluj-Napoca 
    1984-1985 Chemist 
  • Institute for Research and Production of Semiconductors Bucharest 
    1981-1984 Chemist 

Foreign Languages Known

French, English, German

Research Interests

Atomic absorption and atomic emission spectrometry, UV-VIS molecular spectrophotometry, chemical speciation, validation of analysis methods, environmental monitoring, analytical instrumentation.

Publications 

 

 

  • Books 
  • Published research articles in scientific papers and proceedings 
  • International conference proceedings 
  • National conference proceedings 
  • Scientific communications at international and national symposia
  • International symposia 

Teaching Experience

  • Courses
    Analytical chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Instrumentation and analysis in clinical laboratory, Environmental legislation and demands for accrediting environmental analysis laboratory

Research Experience 

Member in research teams for international and national research projects within Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

International Projects 

 

 

 

  • INCO - COPERNICUS "Exposure to Arsenic and Cancer Risk in Central and East Europe" (EXPASCAN), co-ordinated by the Imperial College Consultants Ltd. England, 1998-2001 
  • INCO - COPERNICUS "Investigation of the Risk of Cyanide in Gold Leaching on Health and Environment in Central Asia and Central Europe" IRCYL, co-ordinated by the Medical Institute for Environmental Hygiene, Duesseldorf, Germany, 2000-2003 

National  
Projects 

 

    • 1995. Design and analytical studies of microwave plasma sources. Design and test of experimental models for the microwave generator and capacitive microwave plasma torch. Grant 268 CNCSIS, Contract no. 4010/1995 (member of the team).  
    • 1997-1999. Regional laboratory for spectroscopic and electrochemical analysis. World Bank financial support, Contract no.  46174, CNFIS 10/1997 (member of the team).  .
    • 1998. Computer network for the instrumental analysis laboratory for the interactive teaching and learning of modern methods in analytical chemistry. World Bank financial support, CNFIS 110/1998 (member of the team). 
    • 1998-2000. Arsenic speciation methods for risk assessment, using plasma sources. Grant 49 CNCIS, Contract no. 16/1998. (member of the team).   
    • 1998-2000 Atomic fluorescence using capacitively coupled plasma as atomization source. Contract no. 16/1998, Theme 39, CNCSU 200 (member of the team).  
    • 1998-2000. Charge-transfer photodiode array detector for analytical applications) Theme no. 22, CNCSIS 54 (member of the team).  
    • 2001-2003. Risk assessment on health and environment due to the cyanide resulted from leaching in Central Asia and Central Europe. CORINT Project ICA2-CT-2000-10036 IRCYL (member of the team)
    • 2003-2005. Speciation of pollutants in non-ferrous metallurgical industrial areas affected by technological accidents. Theme no. 1694, CNCSIS (member of the team).
    • 2003-2005. Dynamic of inorganic arsenic species in soil and groundwater. Case study in the Baia Mare region.  Theme no. 1795, CNCSIS (member of the team).
    • 2005-2008 Intelligent system to detect food quality using innovative techniques based on chemical sensors (SISAL). AGRAL Program. Contract no. 9/03.10.2005. (member of the team).  
    • 2005-2008. Cancer risk for population chronically exposed to heavy metals (RISCANMET). CEEX Program. Contract no. 639/3.10.2005. (Project responsible).
    •  20062008. Establishing a combined chemical-ecotoxicological for determining the degree of toxicity of solid residues in order to comply with European regulations (ECOTOX). CEEX Project. Contract no. 278/2006 (member of the team)
    • 2007-2009. Optoelectronic equipment and innovative method of high precision and sensitivity based on fluorescence spectrometry for environment control (FLUOROSPEC). PNCDI Program. Contract no. 71019/2007 (member of the team).
    • 2012-2015   1995. Design and analytical studies of microwave plasma sources. Design and test of experimental models for the microwave generator and capacitive microwave plasma torch. Grant 268 CNCSIS, Contract no. 4010/1995 (member of the team).  
    • 1997-1999. Regional laboratory for spectroscopic and electrochemical analysis. World Bank financial support, Contract no.  46174, CNFIS 10/1997 (member of the team).  .
    • 1998. Computer network for the instrumental analysis laboratory for the interactive teaching and learning of modern methods in analytical chemistry. World Bank financial support, CNFIS 110/1998 (member of the team). 
    • 1998-2000. Arsenic speciation methods for risk assessment, using plasma sources. Grant 49 CNCIS, Contract no. 16/1998. (member of the team).   
    • 1998-2000 Atomic fluorescence using capacitively coupled plasma as atomization source. Contract no. 16/1998, Theme 39, CNCSU 200 (member of the team).  
    • 1998-2000. Charge-transfer photodiode array detector for analytical applications) Theme no. 22, CNCSIS 54 (member of the team).  
    • 2001-2003. Risk assessment on health and environment due to the cyanide resulted from leaching in Central Asia and Central Europe. CORINT Project ICA2-CT-2000-10036 IRCYL (member of the team)
    • 2003-2005. Speciation of pollutants in non-ferrous metallurgical industrial areas affected by technological accidents. Theme no. 1694, CNCSIS (member of the team).
    • 2003-2005. Dynamic of inorganic arsenic species in soil and groundwater. Case study in the Baia Mare region.  Theme no. 1795, CNCSIS (member of the team).
    • 2005-2008 Intelligent system to detect food quality using innovative techniques based on chemical sensors (SISAL). AGRAL Program. Contract no. 9/03.10.2005. (member of the team).  
    • 2005-2008. Cancer risk for population chronically exposed to heavy metals (RISCANMET). CEEX Program. Contract no. 639/3.10.2005. (Project responsible).
    •  20062008. Establishing a combined chemical-ecotoxicological for determining the degree of toxicity of solid residues in order to comply with European regulations (ECOTOX). CEEX Project. Contract no. 278/2006 (member of the team)
    • 2007-2009. Optoelectronic equipment and innovative method of high precision and sensitivity based on fluorescence spectrometry for environment control (FLUOROSPEC). PNCDI Program. Contract no. 71019/2007 (member of the team).
    • 2012-2015 Miniaturized equipment with capacitively coupled plasma torch and analytical technologies for simultaneous multielemental determination used in environmental  and food control (MICROCCP) Project number PN-II-PT-PCCA-2011-3.2-0219. Contract no. 176/2012
    • 2016-2017 Analytical eco-scale methods for the determination and speciation of Hg by UV photo-induced derivatization and detection using a full-miniaturized experimental spectrometric system (ECOSPEC) Contract nr. PN-III-P2-2.1-PED-2016-0135

Laboratory  
Skills 
 
 
 
 

 

  • Applications of low and medium power plasmas in heavy metals determination in liquid samples
  • Elaboration of modern methods for heavy metals determination in biologic and environmental samples 
  • Arsenic speciation as arsenate and arsenite in soil samples by sequential or selective extraction in water and hydrochloric acid, followed by hydride generation and detection by atomic absorption spectrometry (FIA-HG-AAS) 
  • Validation of analysis methods
  • Environmental monitoring using spectrometric methods