Mihail Ionescu, Ph.D.
Dr. Mihail Ionescu received his Master of Science degree and doctorate at Faculty of Industrial Chemistry, Polytechnic Institute, Bucharest, Romania. He has 35 years of experience in chemical research in the field of polymer synthesis, especially synthesis of polyols for polyurethanes at the Institute of Chemical Research, Bucharest, Romania. He was Chief of the Polymer Synthesis Department (1991-1997), Scientific Director (1997-2003), and President of The Scientific Council (1996-2003). In 2004, he took his current position as Senior Research Scientist at the Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. He holds 70 Romanian patents in the field of polyether polyols for polyurethanes, alkoxylation, ring opening polymerization, polyphenylene-oxide, phosphorus polyols, and chemical recovery of polyurethane foam wastes. The industry of polyether polyols of Romania is based exclusively on the technologies developed by Dr. Mihail Ionescu and his research team from institute of chemical research, Bucharest, Romania. He has over 80 publications in international journals (Journal of Macromolecular Science, Die Makromoleculare Chemie- Germany, Cellular Polymers- England, Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society, Journal on Polymers and the Environment-USA, etc) and has published three textbooks on polymers. His last book is entitled Chemistry and Technology of Polyols for Polyurethanes, edited by RAPRA in England in November 2005. His book is the first monograph dedicated exclusively to polyols for polyurethanes. Dr. Ionescu is a member of the New York Academy of Science (1996) Member of: American Chemical Society, American Oil Chemists Society, and the Bio Environmental Polymer Society and has received international recognition in the area of polyols for polyurethanes. His special interests are bio-based polymeric materials, especially polyols and polyurethanes based on vegetable oils.