INCDIE ICPE-CA, a tradition of excellence and innovation in research


INCDIE ICPE-CA is a research, development and innovation institution in Romania which has been continuing, since the year 2004 when it became a National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering ICPE-CA, a tradition of excellence and innovation in research. Having over 160 employees, the institute enjoys prestige nationally and internationally and it has collaborators in the economy branch through the supplied products and services that are based on international best practices, adapted to the local market.

The institute offers technological solutions shaped to customer needs, based on a comprehensive portfolio of applications in electrical engineering as well as a full range of designing services, characterization and testing of materials and products.

ICPE-CA was constantly involved in the development of RDI infrastructure, in enlarging of the multidisciplinary research area and focusing on the applicative research domain.

INCDIE ICPE-CA fosters and carries on applicative research in the field of electrical engineering (materials, electrotechnologies, new energy sources, micro- and nano-electrotechnologies, vibration and dynamic balancing, electromagnetic compatibility, protection environment etc.), under national and international framework, for the benefit of both private and public companies.

Being accredited and coordinated by the Ministry of Research and Innovation, ICPE-CA currently covers the following research areas:

  • fundamental and applicative research in the field of electrical engineering;
  • technical assistance and consultancy in the field of electrical engineering;
  • information, documentation and personnel training in the field of electrical engineering;
  • technology transfer.

The research areas of the DEPARTMENT OF ADVANCED MATERIALS, directed towards solving global problems of the society with ensuring a sustainable development based on own resources, increasing the international visibility of the research and experimental development of the department, increasing the relevance of research, development and innovation to society, include:

  • Development of research on achieving and characterization of materials and components for energy and electrical engineering, biomaterials and biomaterials-based products, materials with special applications and/or for the environment;
  • Development of interdisciplinary research in surface functionalization and study of the interface properties;
  • Development of research on structural changes in massive materials and thin films subjected to stress;
  • Characterization of metallic, ceramic, magnetic, carbonic and polymeric materials.

The areas of activity, grouped according to the research areas and types of applications, include the processing and characterization of all types of materials: metal, magnetic, ceramic, carbonic and polymeric and their composites, as well as the development of interdisciplinary research in the area of surfaces functionalization, the study of the interface properties and of the structural changes induced in massive materials and thin films exposed to stress, the study of ionizing radiation interaction with the irradiated material, the materials behaviour under conditions of low temperature.


  • Renewable energy sources and energy efficiency:
    – Development of innovative equipments for increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in industry and transport;
    – Development of electric machines;
    – New technologies with applications in ambient energy harvesting;
    – New types of magnetostrictive, piezoelectric and electromagnetic actuators to be used in the aerospace industry;
  • Electro mechanical design – mechanical and microprocessing:
    – CAD/CAM/CAE in electrical and mechanical engineering;
    – Precision processing on numerically controlled machines;
    – 3D analysis by mechanical and optical scanning;
    – Rapid prototyping;
    – Mechanical vibration monitoring systems, dynamic balancing on in situ-specialized machines;
  • Applications of the cryogenics and superconductivity in electrical engineering:
    – The application of superconductivity in electrical engineering;
    – Superconducting electrical machines;
    – Cryogenic systems for cooling of the superconducting electrical machines;
  • Physico-chemical and electrochemical systems and devices for applications in energy:
    – Hybrid systems and applications to produce energy from new and renewable sources;
    – Sensitive structures based on thin layers and nanocomposite;
    – Structures/devices/systems for energy storage production;


  • Micro- and nano-electromechanics: piezoceramic, electrostrictive, magnetostrictive, electromagnetic, electrodynamic, electrothermal microactuators; micromotors and microgenerators; microharvesting electromechanical, piezoelectric, electrostrictive systems; electromagnetic microsensors; microsensors for the study of motility and medical rehabilitation; micro and nanobionics / study of the magnetic bacterias with MEMS and NEMS applications;
  • Aeronautical applications: piezoelectric, electrostrictive microactuators for lift control; micro-giromotors and inertial wheels;
  • Micro- and nanostructures of thin layers and oxide nanoparticles: nanoparticles and thin layers of oxide semiconductors with magnetic dilution properties; flexible piezoelectric nanocomposites; magnetic nanofluids; Core-Shell type magnetic nanosystems for magnetic resonance imaging method diagnosing;
  • Magnetic multilayers microsystems with giant magnetoresistance effect and spin dependent tunneling for spintronics; diluted magnetic semiconductors; Core-Shell type magnetic nanosystems for magnetic resonance imaging method diagnosing; self-assembling magnetic nanoparticles for diagnosing “chip” microdevices; transparent oxide semiconductors nanostructures with controllable properties by doping for applications in optoelectronics, spintronics; oxide semiconductor nanodevices for applications in nanoelectronics and nanomedicine;
  • Technology transfer for electromechanical systems: railways verification systems for transport area; microsystems for monitoring the motion; specific software for the motion monitoring systems; micro-driving and active control systems in 2D and 3D.

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