Carmen C. Gaidau
Head, Leather Research Department, The Research and Development National Institute for Textiles and Leather (INCDTP) - Leather and Footwear Research Institute Division (ICPI)
Dr. Carmen Gaidau’s group is the promoter of nanoparticle development as smart materials for leather and footwear industry. She has coordinated national and international projects for improvement of leather and furskins resistance against fungus and bacteria by using nanosilver and nanosilver deposited on titania (NANOPEL, MICROFURFAST, ADSURF projects). The most recent research studies (funded by Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNDI-UEFISCDI, project 167 –SELFPROPIEL) are focused on doped nanoparticles for multifunctional properties on leather surface, such as: self-cleaning, flame-retardant and antimicrobial properties. The project NANO_SAFE_LEATHER, funded under ERA-NET SIINN program and coordinated by Dr. Carmen Gaidau is focused on the impact of Ag/TiO2NPs use in leather surface finishing on human health. She has published and presented more than 20 papers at international events (including COST MP1105-FLARETEX workshop) and she has submitted 2 patent demands (1 patent awarded in 2014) on the application of nanoparticles in leather processing. Dr. Carmen Gaidau is member of INCDTP Commision for Nanotechnology Strategy, member of Editorial Board a Leather Science and Engineering magazine from P.R.China, Guest Professorship from Sichuan University and external referee and reviewer for doctoral thesis.