Marcel Popa serves as a Professor in the Department of Natural and Synthetic Polymers, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection at the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania. He graduated in chemical engineering in 1972 and obtained his Ph.D. degree in macromolecular chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of Iasi, Romania. Between 1991 and 1992 he has been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, France. Dr. Popa authored over 340 scientific papers, 7 books, 25 book chapters, and 19 patents in the fields of polymer mechanochemistry, polysaccharides, biologically active polymers (immobilized drugs and enzymes on macromolecular supports, hydrogels, and polymer micro-/nanoparticles—including magnetic particles), and interpenetrated networks. He is an editor of two books that have been published by the American Scientific Publisher and Bentham. Dr. Popa is the recipient of the following awards: the Gh. Spacu Prize of Romanian Academy for his pioneering work in the field of bioactive polymers (1984), the Opera Omnia Prize awarded by the Romanian Education Ministry for lifelong scientific achievements (2002), the Henri Coanda Gold Medal granted by the Romanian Inventor Society (2002); and other awards and medals at international inventor competitions. he is Doctor honoris causa from Pau and Pays de l'Adour University, France. Dr. Popa is working in collaboration with scientific teams from universities located in France, Canada, and Germany. His areas of expertise include chemical modification of polymers, polymer-drug systems with controlled release (including conjugates), polymer biomaterials, nanostructured and nanoparticulate materials, and polymeric hydrogels.
Biography Updated on 3 February 2013