In materials science, the sol-gel process is a method for producing solid materials from small molecules, and Professor Jitianu is a leading researcher in the field. The International Sol-Gel Society promotes sol-gel technology in the scientific and industrial communities, and works to bring researchers together from various fields and geographic regions.
“This is one of the highest recognitions from my peers,” said Professor Jitianu. “It shows that my research performed at Lehman together with my students reaches international standards. Moreover, this proves that one can perform quality research in an undergraduate research institution.”
Professor Jitianu is one of two new Directors elected at the Society. He is joined by Dr. Masahide Takahashi of Osaka Prefecture University in Japan.
Professor Jitianu has taught at Lehman College and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center since 2008. His research focuses on new inorganic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials obtained by sol-gel method. These materials have a variety of applications from electronic industry to biomedical materials. He has published more than 60 papers in sol-gel science and developed a material science laboratory at Lehman College, focused on nanomaterials and sol-gel processing.
“This election honors and obliges me at the same time,” he continued. “The Board of Directors together with the President is in charge with the destiny of more than 1,000 scientists from around the world. I hope to influence the opening of new borderline research avenues, such as electrochemistry sol-gel or biomedical sol-gel. These new directions can have a huge influence on the quality and impact of our research. Plus, I hope to bring the International Sol-Gel Conference to the United States for only the second time.”
In 2011, Professor Jitianu was selected by the Research Council and the Provost of Lehman College to receive the New Investigator Award. In 2010, he received the Feliks Gross Endowment Award from the CUNY Graduate Center for his excellence in research. In 2005, he received Gheorge Spacu Prize from Romanian Academy for his novel research in the field of hybrid organic-inorganic nonmaterials. Professor Jitianu was co-editor of Sol-Gel Processing for Conventional and Alternative Energy, focusing on the use of sol-gel processing in materials in energy systems, conversion, storage, and generation.
Professor Jitianu completed his Ph.D. in 2001 at the University of Bucharest, Romania. He studied materials chemistry, focusing on sol-gel processes. He has conducted postdoctoral research at the Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée (C.R.M.D.) C.N.R.S. / Université d’Orléans, Orléans, France; at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY; and at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.