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Catalin O. Popa

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Area of Expertise

Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Medical Microfluidics

Academic Preparation

Dr.Eng., Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Materials Science, 1997; Dipl.Eng., Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Machine Building Technology, 1986.


Professional Appointments

2012 - present Vice – Rector, International Relations and Cooperation, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCN);
2012 Executive Director ad interim, Doctoral Studies, TUCN;
2010 - 2012 Chancellor, Faculty of Materials and Environmental Engineering, TUCN;
2005 - 2012 Spokesman, TUCN;
2001 - 2005 Deputy Director, Department for Continuing Education, TUCN;
2000 NATO / Royal Society Fellow, University of Nottingham, U.K.;
2008 - present Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Head of Biomaterials Research Group, TUCN;
1998 - 2008 Reader, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, TUCN;
1995 - 1998 Lecturer, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, TUCN;
1990 - 1995 Teaching Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, TUCN;
1990 Design Engineer, Abrazivul SA Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
1986 – 1990 Design Engineer, UNIO SA, Satu Mare, Romania.


  1. T. Marcu, C. Menapace, L. Girardini, D. Leordean, C. Popa, Selective Laser Melting of Ti6Al7Nb with hydroxyapatite addition, Journal of Rapid Prototyping 2014, 20(4), 301-310;
  2. T. Marcu, A.M. Salantiu, I. Gligor, C. Popa, Microstructural characterization of PM Ti with dextrin addition for endosseous applications, Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 2013, 15 (7-8) , 847-852;
  3. I. Gligor, O. Soritau, M. Todea, C. Berce, A. Vulpoi, T. Marcu, V. Cernea, C. Popa, Porous c.p. titanium using dextrin as space holder for endosseous implants, Particulate Science and Technology 2013, 31 (4), 357-36;
  4. L. Cont, D. Grant, C. Scotchford, M.  Todea, C. Popa, Composite PLA scaffolds reinforced with PDO fibers for Tissue Engineering,  Journal of Biomaterials Applications 2013 27 (6) , 707-716;
  5. T. Marcu, M. Todea, L. Maines, D. Leordean, P. Berce, C. Popa, Metallurgical and mechanical characterisation of titanium based materials for endosseous applications obtained by selective laser melting, Powder Metallurgy 2012, 55(4), 309-314;
  6. T. Marcu, M. Todea, I. Gligor, P. Berce, C. Popa, Effect of surface conditioning on the flowability of Ti6Al7Nb powder for selective laser melting applications, Applied Surface Science 2012, 258(7), 3276-3282;
  7. D Gonganau-Nitu, R R Scurtu, C G Precup, G Dindelegan, A Biro, C Crisan, S Cocu, C Popa, C Ciuce, Effects of the radiofrequency interference with modified titanium surgical clips on liver parenchyma - an in vivo experiment, Chirurgia 2010, 105(4), 501-508;
  8. C. Popa, R. Turcu, I. Craciunescu, A. Nan, M.L. Ciurea, I. Stavarache, V. Iancu, Polypyrrole – porous silicon nanocomposites, Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 2008, 10(9), 2319-2324;
  9. C.Popa, B.Su, P.Vadgama, F.Cotter, Magnetic Counter-Gravity Flow Separation of Electrically Pre-Polarised Lymphoid Cells, British Journal of Haematology 2007, 136(3), 433-438; ISSN 0007 – 1048;
  10. C.Popa, V.Şimon, I.Vida-Simiti, G.Batin, V.Cândea, S.Şimon, Titanium – Hydroxyapatite Porous Structures for Endosseous Applications, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 2005, 16, 1165 – 1171.


  • Director, 11 research grants in the field of Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Medical Microfluidics, Romanian research funding bodies (2003 – present);
  • Director, 6 research contracts with private companies (2001 – present);
  • Visiting scientist, ISIS, STFC, U.K., 2007;
  • Recognised researcher,  EPSRC Grant IRC A1 B3R, U.K., (2005 – 2006);

Professional  Service/Activities

  • Member, Steering Committee, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Functional Electronic and Biological Materials (INTELBIOMAT), Research Networking Programme, European Science Foundation (2008);
  • Expert, trainer, Leonardo da Vinci LLL Programme (2001, 2010);
  • Expert, PHARE Program for the restructuring of R & D units in Romania (1997);
  • Member, 2 inter-governmental research contracts Romania – Italy (1996 – 2004);

Professional Affiliations

  • Founding Member, Romanian Society for Powder Metallurgy (1990);
  • Vice – President, Transylvania Branch, Romanian Society for Biomaterials (2005);
  • Member, Executive Board, Romanian Society for Biomaterials (2010 – 2012);
  • President, North – West Regional Pact for the Employment and Social Inclusion, Romania (2013 – present);
  • Member, Board of Directors, Council for Frontiers of Knowledge, Uganda, (2014-current).

Graduate Research Advising

Supervised 5 postdoctoral fellowships, 9 PhD theses, 8 M.S. dissertation theses, more than 20 bachelor theses in the fields of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

Professional Society Membership

  • Romanian Society for Powder Metallurgy;
  • U.K. Society for Biomaterials;
  • Romanian Society for Biomaterials;