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Simona Condurache-Bota

"Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati


Crystalline Structure Crystal Classification Crystal Properties Crystal Preparation X-ray Diffraction Transmission Electron Microscopy Electron Microscopy Atomic Force Microscopy Profilometry Optical Analysis Electrical Measurements Magnetical Measurements

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Most parts of computers, audiovisual and household devices are made of crystalline materials. The long-range order defining a crystal offers not only specific properties (e.g. photosensitivity, magnetism, gas sensing) but also reproducibility when prepared under known, controlled conditions.
In order to control the properties of a crystal and/or to obtain it with some desired behavior, one must properly and deeply know its structure and morphology and then must relate these features with the targeted properties.
Many techniques were tested so far for the preparation of bulk and/or thin film crystals, from the classical physical vapor deposition to the pulse laser deposition, from sputtering to spraying, from electrodeposition to dip or spin coating, etc.

The structural analysis methods are either X-ray diffraction or Electron Microscopy techniques, while morphology is mainly studied through Profilometry, Atomic Force Microscopy and Electron Microscopy. Each of them must be mastered when data interpretation is concerned, such as correct and valuable information that can be extracted from the rough experimental data.

This book intends to present the state-of-the-art concerning the properties of crystals, their preparation and analysis techniques and also the structure, the morphology, the optical and electrical and magnetical properties of different crystalline materials.

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Simona Condurache-Bota

"Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati

Ph.D. Simona Condurache-Bota is currently an associate professor at the "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, teaching and research activities in the fields of: General Physics, Nanotechnologies, Solid State Physics, Atmospheric and Air Quality, Meteorology and Climatology, Spectral Analysis Methods, Environmental Science; students guiding for scientific communication sessions and B. Sc. thesis. She has completed the following education and training: post-doctorate in Industrial Engineering at Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania; research theme: The deposition of thin layers of bismuth oxide by laser pulse ablation (PLD) and the analysis of physical properties with their industrial applications; graduate of ACCENT-Plus Summer School: Atmospheric Composition Change - The European Network at Carlo Bo University, Urbino, Italy; graduate of ERCA: European Research School on Atmospheres at Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble and Observatoire de Haute Provence, France;post-doctorate in Atmospheric Physics within the SOLACE (Solar Activity and Clouds: Causal or Casual Relationship) National project type IDEAS at Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania; Ph. D. in Solid State Physics (CUM LAUDE distinction) at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania; Ph. D. thesis title: Contributions to the Study of Electrical and Optical Properties of Oxidant Semiconductor Heterostructures; M. Sc. in Physics: Optics, Spectroscopy and Lasers at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania, with 6 months scholarship granted by the European Physical Society, Mulhouse, France; M. Sc. thesis title: Confocal microscopy with laser sources; dispersion measurements; B. Sc. in Physics: Optics and Spectroscopy (praiseworthy B. Sc. diploma) at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania; B. Sc. thesis title: Spectral analysis of iron alloys Publications: 27 ISI (Thomson Reuters) papers, Hirsch index: 6 in WoS and Google Scholar/ Academic; 5 in Scopus; 5 ISI Proceedings papers; 20 scientific papers in publications recognized in international databases; 3 chapters in scientific books; 8 books of laboratory classes and exercises for higher education and for University admission; 35 scientific papers published in bulletins of national and international conferences. Grants: 3 personal international grants, 1 personal national grant (ExcelDOC POSDRU/159/1.5/S/132397), Scientific projects: member of 6 research projects Memberships: Romanian Physical Society; European Physical Society; at Dunarea de Jos University of Galati: Center for nanostructures and functional materials – CNMF; Center for physical-chemical and morpho-functional analysis and Chemometrics; European Centre of Excellence for the Environment. Foreign languages : English (excellent), French(excellent), Italian (intermediate), German and Spanish (beginner).

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