Alexandru-Milentie Hada

PhD Student

Research Interests

Alexandru is a first year PhD student in Physiscs and a member of the NLMC group for 5 years. His research interest was towards the synthesis and biofunctionalization of core-shell gold-silver nanoparticles, while lately it shifted to the synthesis of fluorescence self-emiting gold nanoclusters for real-time image-guided surgery of ovarian cancer.


  • Synthesis of colloidal gold, silver and gold-silver nanoparticles
  • Synthesis of fluorescence self-emiting gold nanoclusters
  • Spectroscopic techniques (UV-VIS, DLS, zeta potential)
  • Raman and Surface enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
  • Steady-state Fluorescence Spectroscopy

International visibility

  • Co-author of 3 ISI and 1 non-ISI papers (3 as main author) with a cumulated impact factor of 12.4, Hirsh index: 2 (Scholar, WoS), 18 citations (Scholar, WoS)
  • 2 oral and 1 poster presentation at International and National conferences as the main presenter
  • 1 Scientific Performance Scholarship 
  • 1 Erasmus Traineeship Mobility Grant (5 months) to University of Messina, CHIBIOFARAM Department, Asoc. Prof. Anna Piperno's research team  

Most Relevant Publications

Folic acid functionalized gold nanoclusters for enabling targeted fluorescence imaging of human ovarian cancer cells, A.-M. Hada, A.-M. Craciun, M. Focsan, R. Borlan, O. Soritau, S. Astilean, Talanta, 225 (2021) 121960-121968

Fabrication of gold-silver core-shell nanoparticles for performing as ultrabright SERS-nanotags inside human ovarian cancer cells, A. M. Hada, M. Potara, S. Suarasan, A. Vulpoi, T. Nagy-Simon, E. Licarete, S. Astilean, Nanotechnology, 30 (2019) 315701-315711

Marine bacterial exopolymers-mediated green synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles with antimicrobial properties, A. Scala, A. Piperno, A.-M. Hada, S. Astilean, A. Vulpoi, G. Ginestra, A. Marino, A. Nostro, V. Zammuto, C. Gugliandolo,  Polymers, 11 (2019) 1157-1167