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Biography

Adrian Mihalcioiu received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 2002. His graduate research work was carried out at the Electronics and Electrostatics Research Unit, University Institute of Technology, Angoulême, France, within the framework of the ERASMUS student mobility program, financed by the European Community.

Adrian Mihalcioiu received the PhD degree in 2005 in a program jointly sponsored by the University of Poitiers, France, and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. His dissertation research involved the development of measurement techniques and virtual instrumentation for the study and control of electrostatic processes. His interests also cover the optimization of electrostatic separation processes.  

2006/2007 was involved as a member of Prof. Toshiaki Yamamoto's research group in the development of plasma combined exhaust gas aftertreatment system for super clean diesel hybrid engine, a project of Prof. Masaaki Okubo, financed by"Japan Science and Technology Agency" in Innovation Plaza Osaka (Industrial Parteners: Daihatsu Diesel; Takao Iron Works Co.; O-DEN).

2007/2008 was involved in the development of the electrostatic purification system for refrigerant recycling (for ASADA Co., NAGOYA) on a project financed by "Chubu Science and Technology Center" in Toyohashi University of Technology, with Prof. Akira Mizuno's research group. 

2008/2009 was involved in the development of novel electrostatic humidification systems (LG Electronics) and of plasma combined exhaust gas aftertreatment for diesel systems in Prof. Akira Mizuno's research group at Toyohashi University of Technology, Ecological Engineering Department. 

2009/2010 was involved at Supelec in the SEFORA project (for SAFRAN). The project's broad purpose was integration of new components for aeronautic applications and performance validation under severe conditions. Particular interest covered a test method for motor insulation aging characterization under combined high temperature (+200°C) and high voltage stress. His interests at Supélec also covered characterization of dielectric films, low current/high impedance measurements and  parametric identification.

2010/2011 he works for CNRS in the Fluids Branch of the Fluids, Thermics, Combustion Department of Institut P' (UPR 3346). On team EFD (Electrofluidodynamique) he contributes  on the EU PLASMAERO project focusing on novel materials for plasma actuators and ionic wind generation.


Areas of Expertise

Free fall, tribo-electrostatic ,corona drum electrostatic separators design, testing and optimization.
  • metal / insulator 
  • plastic / plastic (PET,PVC, PE, )
  • quartz /feldspar mineral separation  (for HAMOS GmbH)
Environmental friendly, cost effective processes that don't require chemical conditioning.


Non thermal plasma applications for diesel exhaust treatment.
  • NOx reduction in nitrogen non-thermal plasma NTP reactor. 
  • Ozone generation from air in non-thermal plasma NTP DBD reactors
  • Ammonia generation from dry urea in dielectric barrier discharge DBD reactor (PAT. pend.)

Electrostatic freon regeneration system for on site recycling.
  • portable refrigerant purification device for on-site recycling
  • removes impurities from recovered refrigerant to the standard requirements for "new refrigerant" allowing the reuse
  • electrostatic measurement system for refrigerant contamination

Development of cleaning technology of refrigerant, especially removing oil and water contamination using electrostatic force with emphasis on  extending lifetime and saving energy. Electrostatic enhanced high volume humidification system
  • nano-mist generation
  • sterilization



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