Andrei Manolescu, prófessor

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1989-1992: Doctorate at the Institute of Atomic Physics, Bucharest, thesis on response and correlation functions in quantum many-body systems.  Doctor in Physics, since 1992.

1978-1983: University of Bucharest (Romania), Faculty of Physics.


2008 - present: School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University.

1999 - 2007: Research Scientist at Decode Genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland.

1985 - 1999: Research Scientist at the National Institute of Materials Physics, Bucharest.

1990 - 1999: Guest scientist at:
International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy),
Max-Planck-Institut  fur Festkörperforschung Stuttgart (Germany),
Science Institute of the University of Iceland,
Bilkent University, Ankara (Turkey),
University of Regensburg (Germany).

1983 - 1985: Physicist at Machine-Tools Factory, Bucharest.

Kennsluferill í HR

2023-3AT EÐL1003Eðlisfræði
2023-3T-102-EDL1Eðlisfræði I
2023-3T-307-HEILEðlisfræði III
2023-3RT EXH1013Rafsegulfræði og hálfleiðarar
2023-3T-302-TOLFTölfræði I
2023-1T-102-EDL1Eðlisfræði I
2023-1T-202-EDL2Eðlisfræði II
2022-3T-102-EDL1Eðlisfræði I
2022-3T-307-HEILEðlisfræði III
2022-3RT EXH1013Rafsegulfræði og hálfleiðarar
2022-3T-302-TOLFTölfræði I
2022-1T-102-EDL1Eðlisfræði I
2022-1T-202-EDL2Eðlisfræði II
2021-3T-102-EDL1Eðlisfræði I
2021-3T-307-HEILEðlisfræði III
2021-3RT EXH1013Rafsegulfræði og hálfleiðarar
2021-3T-629-INDESjálfstætt verkefni
2021-3T-302-TOLFTölfræði I
2021-1T-202-EDL2Eðlisfræði II
2021-1T-930-PROGThesis Progress Report

Kennsla utan HR

2001 - 2002: Physics of semiconductor electronic devices for electrical engineers, University of Iceland, together with Hafliði Gíslason and Jón Tómas Guðmundsson. 

1998 - 2003:  Many-body physics in condensed matter, transport theory, and statistical physics, University of Iceland, reading courses for master students.

1986-1987: Quantum mechanics, University of Bucharest.




Research in physics


My research in physics is oriented to theoretical modeling and numerical calculations of quantum-mechanical electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures. I work on the following subjects: low-dimensional electron systems, effects of magnetic fields, many-body Coulomb phenomena, transport and electromagnetic absorption in nanoscale systems. At present I am mostly involved in electronic properties of core-shell nanowires, time dependent transport in nanosystems, and effects of electron-photon interaction.  I am also involved in research on classical dynamics of electrons in nanoscale vacuum diodes and polarization phenomena in solar cells based on perovskite materials.  Most of my present research in physics is performed within the Nanophysics Center, Reykjavik University, website


Research in genetics


During 1999-2007 I worked at Decode Genetics where I did statistical analysis of human genetic data. The purpose of the work was to detect by statistical calculations genes involved in complex human diseases. I did linkage and association analyses of microsatellite markers, single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP), and haplotypes, mostly in cardiovascular and cancer diseases.  At present I am participating in projects on cancer genetics in Romania.                    

Viðurkenningar og styrkir


2016 Reykjavik University Research Award



Rannis Excellence Grant, Computational center for design of materials and devices, project 090025011 (2009-2011, co-applicant).

Reykjavik University Development Fund - research project T09001 (2009-2010, PI).

Rannis Project Grant "Coulomb interaction and current flow in quantum devices", project 100008021 (2010-2012, PI).

Rannis Equipment Fund „Computer cluster for multidisciplinary scientific research“, project 110089-0031 (2011, PI).

Rannis Project Grant „Properties of microscopic vacuum electronic devices“ (2011-2014, co-applicant, PI Ágúst Valfells).

Representative of Iceland in the European COST actions TERA-MIR Radiation: Materials, Generation, Detection and Applications (MP1204) and Thermodynamics in quantum regime (MP1209).

Leader of Reykjavik University teams in two EEA-Romania grants (2014-2017): „Perovskites for Photovoltaic Efficient Conversion Technology“ and „Genetic epidemiology of cancer in Romania“

Landsvirkjun project grants, Photovoltaics and thermovoltaics with Silicon nanowires (2013 and 2016, co-applicant, PI Halldór G. Svavarsson.)

Rannis Infrastructure Fund, High performance computer (2015, co-applicant, PI Hannes Jónsson)

Rannis Project Grant, Core-shell nanoantennas (2016, PI).

Rannis Project Grant, DC vacuum-microdiode arrays as tunable THz sources (2017, co-applicant, PI Ágúst Valfells.) 

Rannis Infrastructure Fund, IHPC-computer cluster and expansion equipment (2017, co-applicant, PI Vidar Gudmundsson; 2018, co-applicant, PI Henning Arnór Úlfarsson; 2019, co-applicant, PI Egill Skúlason, 2020 co-applicant, PI Vidar Gudmundsson)

US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR), Molecular dynamics simulations for emission and propagation of electrons in cathode nanostructures, co-aplicant,  PI Ágúst Valfells (2018)

Representative of RU in the EEA Grant Integrated Applied Genetics Training, "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Exigia Medical from Romania and Reykjavik University (2018-2020)

Rannis Project Grant, Thermoelectric transport in core-shell nanowires (2019, PI).

Rannis Student Innovation Fund, Molecular Dynamics of Perovskite Solar Cells (2020, PI)




Reviewer for Physical Review B, Physical Review Letters, and other physics journals.

Development of the physics labs at the School of Science and Engineering.

Chair of the Research Council of Reykjavik University between 2013-2015.



Complete publication record:


Recent publications  
R. E. Brophy, M. Kateb, K. Torfason, G. A. Nemnes, H. G. Svavarsson, I. Pintilie, A. Manolescu, Effect of pressure on the dynamics of iodine defects in MAPI: An atomistic simulation, submitted for publication, arXiv:2302.05696 (2023).
M. Kateb and A. Manolescu, Distinct melting behaviour of partially oxidized Cu nanoparticles and nanowires, submitted for publication, arXiv:2302.02219 (2023).
H. R. Heris, K.O. Klausen, A. Sitek, S. I. Erlingsson, and A. Manolescu, Effect of impurities on charge and heat transport in tubular nanowires, submitted for publication, arXiv:2302.02164
H. Ö. Árnason, K. Torfason, A. Manolescu, Á. Valfells, Simulation of short pulse photoemission in a micro-diode with implications for optimal beam brightness, submitted for publication,
C. -A. Pantis-Simut, A. T. Preda, L. Ion, A. Manolescu, G. A. Nemnes, Mapping confinement potentials and charge densities of interacting quantum systems using pix2pix, submitted for publication, arXiv:2301.02122 (2023).
K. O. KlausenA. SitekS. I. ErlingssonA. Manolescu, Electron-hole coherence in core-shell nanowires with partial proximity induced superconductivity, Phys. Rev. B 107, 035423 (2023)
N. R. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Interaction effects in a two-dimensional AlSi6P nanosheet: A first-principles study on the electronic, mechanical, thermal, and optical properties, Physica B: Condensed Matter 652, 414627 (2023), arXiv:2108.00387.
N. R. Abdullah, Y. H. Azeez, B. J. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Role of planar buckling to the electronic, thermal, and optical properties of Germagraphene nanosheets, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 153, 107163 (2023) arXiv:2210.04247 .
T. L. Mitran, R. E. Brophy, M. Cuzminschi, N. Filipoiu, M. Kateb, I. Pintilie, A. Manolescu, G. A. Nemnes, Ab Initio Studies on perovskites, Chapter 5 in the book Low-Dimensional Halide Perovskites: Structure, Synthesis, and Applications, Edited by Y. Zhan, M. Khalid, and N. Arshid, Elsevier 978-0-323-88522-5 (2022).
N. FilipoiuAnca G. MireaSarah DerbaliC. -A. Pantis-SimutD. -V. AnghelA. ManolescuIoana PintilieMihaela FloreaG. A. Nemnes, Optoelectronic and stability properties of quasi-2D alkylammonium based perovskites, accepted for publication at Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, arXiv:2210.04596 (2022).
K. O. Klausen, A. Sitek, S. I. Erlingsson, A. Manolescu, Flux-periodic oscillations in proximitized core-shell nanowires, submitted for publication, arXiv:2209.13076  (2022).
N. Filipoiu, A. T. Preda, D. V. Anghel, R. Patru, R. E. Brophy, M. Kateb, C. Besleaga, A. G. Tomulescu, I. Pintilie, A. Manolescu, G. A. Nemnes, Capacitive and inductive effects in perovskite solar cells: the different roles of ionic current and ionic charge accumulation, Phys. Rev. Applied 18, 064087 (2022),arXiv:2208.10199 .
E. Fakhri, M. T. Sultan, A. Manolescu, S. Ingvarsson, H. G. Svavarsson, Germanium coated silicon nanowires as human respiratory sensing device, International Semiconductor Conference - CAS 2022, Romania,  pp. 163-166, Xplore Digital Library (2022).
E. Fakhri, R. Plugaru, M. T. Sultan, T. H. Kristinsson, H. Ö. Árnason, N. Plugaru, A. Manolescu, S. Ingvarsson, H. G. Svavarsson, Piezoresistance characterization of silicon nanowires in uniaxial and isostatic pressure variation, Sensors 22, 6340 (2022),arXiv:2206.04991.
R. Plugaru, E. Fakhri , C. Romanitan, I. Mihalache, G. Craciun, N. Plugaru, H. O. Arnason, M. T. Sultan, G. A. Nemnes, S. T. Ingvarsson, H. G. Svavarsson, A. Manolescu, Structure and electrical behavior of silicon nanowires prepared by MACE process, Surfaces and Interfaces 33, 102167 (2022),   arXiv:2206.05006 .
V. Gudmundsson, V. Mughnetsyan, N. R. Abdullah, C.-S. Tang, V. Moldoveanu, A. Manolescu, Effects of a far-infrared photon cavity field on the magnetization of a square quantum dot array, submitted for publication, Phys. Rev. B 106, 115308 (2022) arXiv:2203.11029 .
G. A. Nemnes, T. L. Mitran, A. T. Preda, V. V. Baran, D. V. Anghel, I. Ghiu, M. Marciu, A. Manolescu, Investigation of bi-particle states in gate-array-controlled quantum-dot systems aided by machine learning techniques, Physica Scripta 97, 055813 (2022), arXiv:2203.14398.
H. Rezaie Heris, M. Kateb, S. I. Erlingsson, and A. Manolescu, Effects of transverse geometry on the thermal conductivity of Si and Ge nanowires, Surfaces and Interfaces 30, 101834 (2022),arXiv:2203.15596.  
V. Gudmundsson, V. Mughnetsyan, N. R. Abdullah, C.-S Tang, V. Moldoveanu, A. Manolescu, Unified approach to cyclotron and plasmon resonances in a periodic 2DEG hosting the Hofstadter butterfly, Phys. Rev. B 105, 155302 (2022), arXiv:2112.08216.
B. R. Pirot, N. R. Abdullah, A. K. Ahmeda, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Thermal transport controlled by intra- and inter-dot Coulomb interactions in sequential and cotunneling serially-coupled double quantum dots, Physica B 629, 413646 (2022)arXiv:2201.00121.
N. R. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, C.-S. Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Controlling physical properties of bilayer graphene by stacking orientation caused by interaction between B and N dopant atoms, Material Science & Engineering B 276, 115554 (2022), arXiv:2101.00462.
N. R. Abdullah, B. J. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, C.-S. Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Enhanced electronic and optical responses of Nitrogen- or Boron-doped BeO monolayer: First principle computation, Superlattices and Microstructures 162, 107102 (2021), arXiv:2108.12912.
N. Filipoiu, T. L. Mitran, D. V. Anghel, M. Florea, I. Pintilie, A. Manolescu, G. A. Nemnes, Machine learning aided investigation of opto-electronic properties and stability of mixed-cation mixed-halide perovskite materials, Energies 14, 5431 (2021).
M. Urbaneja Torres, K. O. Klausen, A. Sitek, S. I. Erlingsson, V. Gudmundsson, A. Manolescu, Anisotropic electromagnetic field emitted by core-shell semiconductor nanowires driven by an alternating current, J. Appl. Phys. 130, 034301 (2021) arXiv:1912.10284.
E. Poenaru, V. I. Chirica, C. Poenaru, G. C. Curca, A. Poenaru, V. Jinga, D. Vinereanu, C. Sima, D. Iacob, P. Iordache, D. Pitigoi, V. Radoi, R. Ursu, L. Bohiltea, A. Manolescu, Considerations on the results evaluation of the genetic epidemiology training of AppGenEdu project, Rom J Leg Med 29, 147-156 (2021) DOI: 10.4323/rjlm.2021.147 .
E. Poenaru, A. Manolescu, C. Poenaru, P. Iordache, D. Pitigoi, R. Ursu, V. Radoi, L. Bohiltea, D. Iacob, A. Poenaru, C. Sima, V. Jinga, V. Chirica, C. Curca, AppGenEdu an Integrated Approach for the Bioinformatics Training, Curtea Veche Publishing House, Bucharest, 2021, ISBN 978-606-792-045-1.
M. T. Sultan, H. Ö. Árnason, M. K. Kateshamshir, A. Manolescu, H. G. Svavarsson, Á. Valfells, Enhanced photoemission from surface modulated GaAs:Ge, Nano Select 2, 2346 (2021)
N. R. Abdullah, M. T. Kareem, H. O. Rashid, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Spin-polarised DFT modeling of electronic, magnetic, thermal and optical properties of silicene doped with transition metals, Physica E 129, 114644 (2021) arXiv:2009.14804.
N. R. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, C.-S. Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Role of interlayer spacing on electronic, thermal and optical properties of BN-codoped bilayer graphene: Influence of the interlayer and the induced dipole-dipole interactions, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 155, 110095 (2021), arXiv:2102.09543.
K. Torfason, A. Sitek, A. Manolescu, Á. Valfells, Dynamics of a Field Emitted Beam from a Microscopic Inhomogeneous Cathode, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 68, 2461 (2021) arXiv:2011.13731.
A. Sitek, K. Torfason, A. Manolescu, and A. Valfells, Space-charge effects in the field-assisted thermionic emission from nonuniform cathodes, Physical Review Applied 15, 014040 (2021) (selected as an Editors´ Suggestion), arXiv:2009.13616.
V. Gudmundsson, N. R. Abdullah, C.-S. Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Moldoveanu, Self-induction and magnetic effects in electron transport through a photon cavity, Physica E 127 (2021) 114544 (2021), arXiv:2005.10914.
N. R. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, C.-S. Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Properties of BSi6N monolayers derived by first-principle computation, Physica E 127, 114556 (2021), arXiv:2008.03782.
J. B. Gunnarsson, K. Torfason, A. Manolescu, A. Valfells, Space-Charge Limited Current from a Finite Emitter in Nano- and Microdiodes, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 68, 342 (2021), arXiv:2010.01334 .
C. Sima, P. Iordache1, E. Poenaru, A. Manolescu, C. Poenaru, V. Jinga, Genome‑wide association study of nephrolithiasis in an Eastern European population, International Urology and Nephrology 53, 309 (2021).
M. T. Sultan, A. Manolescu, H. G. Svavarsson, A. Valfells, Solid-state dewetting of silver-thin films: self-assembled nano-geometries, IOPSciNotes 1, 035203, (2020) .
N. R. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Interlayer interaction controlling the properties of AB- and AA-stacked bilayer graphene-like BCN and SiC, Surfaces and Interfaces 21, 100740 (2020), arXiv:2008.10888.
M. T. Sultan, J. T. Gudmundsson, A. Manolescu, H. G. Svavarsson, Structural and photoluminescence study of TiO2 layers with self-assembled Si1-xGex nanoislands, J. Appl. Phys. 128, 085304 (2020).
H. Rezaie Heris, M. Kateb, S. I. Erlingsson, and A. Manolescu, Thermoelectric properties of tubular nanowires in the presence of a transverse magnetic field, Nanotechnology 31, 424006 (2020),arXiv:2006.13328.
K. O. Klausen, A. Sitek, S. I. Erlingsson, A. Manolescu, Majorana Zero Modes in Nanowires with Combined Triangular and Hexagonal Geometry, Nanotechnology 31, 354001 (2020), arXiv:2004.14991.
H. V. Haraldsson, K. Torfason, A. Manolescu, and A. Valfells, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Mutual Space-Charge Effect between Planar Field Emitters, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 48, 1967 (2020).
N. R. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, C-S Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Modeling electronic, mechanical, optical and thermal properties of graphene-like BC6N materials: Role of prominent BN-bonds, Phys. Lett. A 384, 126807 (2020), arXiv:2003.08467.
N. R. Abdullah, H. O. Rashid, M. T. Kareem, C.-S. Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Effects of bonded and non-bonded B/N codoping of graphene on its stability, interaction energy, electronic structure, and power factor, Phys. Lett. A 384, 126350 (2020), arXiv:2002.11377.
I. Stavarache, C. Logofatu, M. T. Sultan, A. Manolescu, H. G. Svavarsson, V. S. Teodorescu, M. L. Ciurea, SiGe nanocrystals in SiO2 with high photosensitivity from visible to short-wave infrared, Scientific Reports 10, 3252 (2020).
M.T. Sultan, J. T. Gudmundsson, A. Manolescu, V. S. Teodorescu, M. L. Ciurea, H. G. Svavarsson, Obtaining SiGe nanocrystallites between crystalline TiO2 layers by HiPIMS without annealing, Applied Surface Science 511, 145552 (2020).
N. R. Abdullah, C.-S. Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, Oscillations in electron transport caused by multiple resonances in a quantum dot-QED system in the steady-state regime, Physica E 123, 114221 (2020), arXiv:1903.03655.
N. R. Abdullah, C.-S. Tang, A. Manolescu, V. Gudmundsson, The interplay of electron-photon and cavity-environment coupling on the electron transport through a quantum dot system, Physica E 119, 113996 (2020), arXiv:1908.05712.

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