Andrei Jitanu, Ph.D.


Lehman College (Profile)

Research Interests

My research goals are to develop new materials or composite materials for hermetic barriers for electronic industry, anticorrosive materials for airspace and automotive industry and hydroxyapatite based nanocomposite for biomedical bone regeneration and prosthetic applications. The sol-gel process is a versatile method that has the ability to combine inorganic with organic phases producing hybrid organic-inorganic materials.  These materials are not simply the sum of the individual contributions of each phase, but unique hybrid materials due to synergistic combinations of properties of both components.  My studies range from the elucidation of early stages of formation of the hybrid materials by sol-gel process to the design of hybrid nanocomposite materials with magnetic, gas-sensing, electric and optical properties.  My research fulfilled during my years at Lehman-CUNY was mainly focused to developing a new class of materials called Hybrid Melting Gels for hermetic barriers, anticorrosive and optical applications.  However, a wide range of studies on nanoparticles or nanocomposites in different systems have been carried out using the sol-gel method.  Beside the melting gels and hybrid glasses my group study: the formation of stable silver nanoparticles sols for medical diagnostic and drug delivery; the preparation of core/shell nanoparticles for hydrogen peroxide biosensors, study of Layer Double Hydroxides for fuel cell applications and the novel approaches in preparation of LaCoO3 for battery applications.

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Job History

  • 2018 – Current: Chair of Department of Chemistry, Lehman College, CUNY
  • 2017 – Current: Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Lehman College, CUNY
  • 2016 – Current: Chair of the Inorganic Subdiscipline, Department of Chemistry, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • 2009 – Current: Faculty Member of the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • 2008 – Current: Faculty Member of the Ph.D. Program in Chemistry, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • 2013 – 2017: Associate Professor, Lehman College, CUNY
  • 2012 – 2014: Deputy Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Lehman College, CUNY
  • 2008 – 2013: Assistant Professor, Lehman College, CUNY
  • 2005 – 2008: Research Associate, Rutgers University
  • 2003 – 2005: Research Associate, Clarkson University
  • 2002 – 2003: ‘Marie Curie’ Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Orleans, France
  • 1996 – 2001: Ph.D., University of Bucharest, Romania


  • Applications of melting gels
    L. C. Klein, S. Kallontzi, L. Fabris, A. Jitianu, C. Ryan, M. Aparicio, L. Lei and J. P. Singe
    Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 89 (1), 66–77, 2019

  • Deriving Efficient Porous HeteroatomDoped Carbon Electrocatalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation from Transition Metal IonsCoordinated Casein
    V.H Fragal, E.H Fragal, T. Zhang, X. Huang, T.S.P. Cellet, G.M. Pereira, A. Jitianu, A.F Rubira, R. Silva, T. Asefa
    Advanced Functional Materials, 29 (8), 1808486, 2019

  • Consolidated Melting-Gel Coatings on AZ31 Magnesium Alloy with Excellent Corrosion Resistance in NaCl solutions–An Interface study
    M Aparicio, J Mosa, G Rodriguez, J Guzman, Q Picard, L Klein, A Jitianu
    ACS applied materials & interfaces, 11 (3), 3493-3505, 2019

  • Dextran hydrogels by crosslinking with amino acid diamines and their viscoelastic properties
    N.A O'Connor, M. Jitianu, G. Nunez, Q. Picard, M. Wong, D. Akpatsu, A. Negrin, R. Gharbaran, D. Lugo, S. Shaker, A. Jitanu, S. Redenti
    International journal of biological macromolecules, 111, 370-378, 2018

  • Obtaining Thickness-Limited Electrospray Deposition for 3D Coating
    Lin Lei, Dylan A. Kovacevich, Michael P. Nitzsche, Jihyun Ryu, Kutaiba Al-Marzoki, Gabriela Rodriguez, Lisa C. Klein, Andrei Jitianu , Jonathan P. Singer
    ACS applied materials & interfaces, 10 (13), 11175-11188, 2018

  • Self‐degradable curcumin polymer with anti‐cancer activity
    NA O'Connor, LS Einbond, S Redenti, M Sauane, A Jitianu
    Journal of applied polymer science, 135 (47), 46867, 2018

  • Thickness-properties synergy in organic–inorganic consolidated melting-gel coatings for protection of 304 stainless steel in NaCl solutions
    M. Aparicio, A. Jitianu, G. Rodriguez, K. Al-Marzoki, J. Mosa, L. C. Klein
    Surface and Coatings Technology, 315, 426-435, 2017

  • 29 Si NMR and SAXS investigation of the hybrid organic–inorganic glasses obtained by consolidation of the melting gels
    A. Jitianu, S. Cadars, F. Zhang, G. Rodriguez, Q. Picard, M. Aparicio, J. Mosa, L.C. Klein
    Dalton Transactions, 46, 3729–3741, 2017

  • Phase separation in melting gels
    LC Klein, K Al-Marzoki, A. Jitianu
    Physics and Chemistry of Glasses-European Journal of Glass Science and Technology, 58, 14-149, 2017

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