Aurelia Meghea

Polytechnic University of Bucharest Romania

Dr. Aurelia Meghea is Professor at University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania following academic career since 1965 until present. Born in 1943, in Constantza, Romania, she graduated courses of Faculty of Chemistry at University of Bucharest, in Physical Chemistry specialty. Doctor in Chemistry since 1975, she harmonized teaching with research activities in Applied Spectroscopy with developments in environmental protection, bio- and nanotechnologies. She is author and co-author of 14 books and monographs, guest editor at 8 conference volumes, 15 patents and over 200 scientific papers published in ISI journals. Since 1998 she acted as expert for scientific excellence at European Commission, being member in 15 evaluation panels in FP5, FP6 and FP7 programs. During the last 10 years she coordinated over 20 national and 7 international research projects. She founded in 1998 Research Centre for Environmental Protection and Eco-Friendly Technology in University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, and currently she is acting as General Director.

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In a classical approach materials science is mainly dealing with interatomic interactions within molecules, without paying much interest on weak intermolecular interactions. However, the variety of structures actually is the result of weak ordering because of noncovalent interactions. Indeed, for self-assembly to be possible in soft materials, it is evident that forces between molecules must be much weaker than covalent bonds between the atoms of a molecule. The weak intermolecular interactions responsible for molecular ordering in soft materials include hydrogen bonds, coordination bonds in ligands and complexes, ionic and dipolar interactions, van der Waals forces, and hydrophobic interactions. Recent evolutions in nanosciences and nanotechnologies provide strong arguments to support the opportunity and importance of the topics approached in this book, the fundamental and applicative aspects related to molecular interactions being of large interest in both research and innovative environments. We expect this book to have a strong impact at various education and research training levels, for young and experienced researchers from both academia and industry.

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