Monica Focsan




Monica Focsan


2006-2009: PhD in Physics, co-direction Joseph Fourier University, France/Babes-Bolyai University, Romania Thesis title: Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles and Microfabrication of Protein Structures for Biological Applications

2005-2007: M. Sc. in Physics, Babes-Bolyai University, 6 months Erasmus Research internship at Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France. Master thesis: Applications de l’absorption à deux photons à la photochimie intracellulaire in vivo

2001-2005: B. Sc. in Medical Physics, Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Physics, Romania.


Research Interests:

Her current research interests involve the design of multifunctional plasmonic nanoparticles in view of biosensing and bioimaging applications, as well as their controlled coupling with various emitters in order to extend the applications field of the fabricated hybrid nanostructures. She is also interested in the development of optical, ultrasensitive, robust microfluidic biosensors for the detection of specific disease biomarkers in order to enable early diagnosis, improve diseases treatment, increase the overall survival and diminish societal costs. VISIBILITY OF THE SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY 38 articles in ISI (IF) journals, from which 18 as a main author; Hirsh Index 15, total number of citations: ~ 550 (according to Web of Science); 5 articles in other indexed journals; 1 book; over 36 international conferences; 2 invited lectures; Director of 10 international/national grants/fellowships (total amount ~ 510.000 euros); Member in other 12 research grants; Researcher ID: C-3242-2012.



Design of controlled plasmonic nanosensors;

Spectroscopic (UV-Vis/NIR), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and zeta potential measurements;

Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy;

Optical microscopy.

Latest publications:

  1. M. Focsan, A.M Craciun, M.Potara, C. Leordean, A. Vulpoi, D. Maniu, S.Astilean, Flexible and Tunable 3D Gold Nanocups Platform as Plasmonic Biosensor for Specific Dual LSPR-SERS Immuno-Detection, Scientific Reports 7 (2017) 14240. (doi)
  2. A. M. Craciun, M. Focsan, K. Magyari, A. Vulpoi, Z. Pap, Surface Plasmon Resonance or Biocompatibility—Key Properties for Determining the Applicability of Noble Metal Nanoparticles, Materials 10 (2017) 836. (doi)
  3. A. M. Craciun, M. Focsan, L. Gaina, S. Astilean, Enhanced one- and two-photon excited fluorescence of cationic (phenothiazinyl)vinyl-pyridinium chromophore attached to polyelectrolyte-coated gold nanorods, Dyes Pigm. 136 (2017) 24-30. (doi)
  4. S. Suarasan, M. Focsan, M. Potara, O. Soritau, A. Florea, D. Maniu, S. Astilean, Doxorubicin-Incorporated Nanotherapeutic Delivery System Based on Gelatin-Coated Gold Nanoparticles: Formulation, Drug Release, and Multimodal Imaging of Cellular Internalization, ACS Applied materials and interfaces 8 (2016) 22900-22913. (doi)
  5. A. M. Craciun, A. Diac, M. Focsan, C. Socaci, K. Magyari, D. Maniu, I. Mihalache, L. M. Veca, S. Astilean, A. Terec, Surface passivation of carbon nanoparticles with p-phenylenediamine towards photoluminescent carbon dots, RSC Adv. 6 (2016) 56944-56951. (doi)
  6. J. L. Da Silva Gonçalves, S. R. Valandro, H.-F.Wu ; Y.-H. Lee, B. Mettra, C. Monnereau, C. C. Schmitt Cavalheiro, A. Pawlicka, M. Focsan, C.-L. Lin, P. L. Baldeck, 3D printing of natural organic materials by photochemistry, Proc. SPIE 9745 (2016) -. (doi)
  7. A. Diac, M. Focsan, C. Socaci. A. M. Gabudean, C. Farcau, D. Maniu, E. Vasile, A. Terec, L. M. Veca, S. Astilean, Covalent conjugation of carbon dots with Rhodamine B and assessment of their photophysical properties, RSC Adv. 5 (2015) 77662-77669. (doi)
  8. S. Suarasan, M. Focsan, O. Soritau, D. Maniu, S. Astilean, One-pot, green synthesis of gold nanoparticles by gelatin and investigation of their biological effects on Osteoblast cells, Colloids Surf., B 132 (2015) 122-131. (doi)
  9. C. Leordean, B. Marta, A.-M. Gabudean, M. Focsan, I. Botiz, S. Astilean, Fabrication of highly active and cost effective SERS plasmonic substrates by electrophoretic deposition of gold nanoparticles on a DVD template, Appl. Surf. Sci. 349 (2015) 190-195. (doi)
  10. J. R. G. Navarro, F. Lerouge, G. Micouin, C. Cepraga, A. Favier, M. T. Charreyre, N. P. Blanchard, J. Lermé, F. Chaput, M. Focsan, K. Kamada, P. L. Baldeck and S. Parola, Plasmonic bipyramids for fluorescence enhancement and protection against photobleaching, Nanoscale 6 (2014) 5138-5145. (doi)
  11. D.S. Tira, M. Focsan, S. Ulinici, D. Maniu and S. Astilean, Rhodamine B-Coated Gold Nanoparticles as Effective “Turn-on” Fluorescent Sensors for Detection of Zinc II Ions in Water, Spectroscopy Letters 47 (2014) 153-159. (doi)
  12. N. Thioune, N. Lidgi-Guigui, M. Cottat, A.M. Gabudean,M. Focsan,H.M. Benoist, S. Astilean, M. L. De La Chapelle, Study of gold nanorods-protein interaction by localized surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, Gold Bull. 46 (2013) 275-281. (doi)
  13. M. Cottat, N. Thioune, A. M. Gabudean, N. Lidgi-Guigui, M. Focsan, S. Astilean, M. Lamy de la Chapelle, Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) Biosensor for the Protein Detection, Plasmonics 8 (2013) 699-704. (doi)
  14. S. Suarasan, M. Focsan, D. Maniu, S. Astilean, Gelatin-nanogold bioconjugates as effective plasmonic platforms for SERS detection and tagging, Colloids Surf., B 103 (2013) 475-481. (doi)
  15. A. Gabudean, M. Focsan, S. Astilean, Gold Nanorods Performing as Dual-Modal Nanoprobes via Metal- Enhanced Fluorescence (MEF) and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (2012) 12240-12249. (doi)

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