Dr. Dumitru Sirbu

Address Dr. Dumitru Sirbu
School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics
Merz Court
Newcastle University
United Kingdom
Phone +44 (0) 191 208 5468
Room E4.45
E-Mail dumitru.sirbu@ncl.ac.uk

Short CV

  • 2020 – present School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics, Newcastle University,  Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • 2018 – 2020  Perovskite Laboratory, ETM, School of Engineering, Newcastle University,  Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • 2015 – 2018 Molecular Photonics Laboratory, School of Chemistry, Newcastle University,   Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • 2010 – 2015 PhD in Chemistry, Laboratory of Bioinorganic Chemistry and Nanocomposites, Institute of Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
  • 2008 – 2010 Master of Science in Chemistry, University of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
  • 2005 – 2008 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Moldova State University, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova


  • Cuzan-Munteanu O., Sirbu D., Giorgi M., Shova S., Gibson E., Réglier M., Orio M.,  Martins L., Benniston A. C. Neutral Lipophilic Palladium(II) Complexes and their Applications in Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production and C‐C Coupling Reactions. Eur. J. Inorganic Chem., 2020, accepted, 10.1002/ejic.201901283.
  • Sirbu D., Straistari T., Benniston A. C. Bioinspiration in Chemistry. Hydrogenases: From Biomimetic to Bioinspired Models. WSP Inc., Series: Chemistry, Energy and Environment (Editors-in-chief Kadish K. M. and Guilard R.). 2019, 89-121.
  • Sirbu D., Zeng L., Waddell P. G., Benniston A. C. An Unprecedented Oxidised Julolidine-BODIPY Conjugate and its Application in Real-Time Ratiometric Fluorescence Sensing of Sulfite. Organic Biomol. Chem., 2019, 17 (31), 7360-7368.
  • Sirbu D., Luli S., Leslie J.,  Oakley F., Benniston A. C. Enhanced In-vivo Optical Imaging of the Inflammatory Response to Acute Liver Injury in C57Bl/6 Mice using a Highly Bright Near-Infrared BODIPY Dye. Chem. Med. Chem., 2019, 14, 995-999.
  • Sirbu D., Wales R., Geary D. R., Waddell P. G., Benniston A. C. Rosindone revisited: a computational and photophysical study of 7-phenylbenzo[a]phenazine-5(7H)-one (PBP). Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2019, 18, 140-147.
  • Nassar S.J.M., Sirbu D., Harriman A. Photocatalysed decolouration of indigo in solution via in situ generation of an organic hydroperoxide. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2019, 18 (12), 2875-2883.
  • Sirbu D., Karlsson J. K. G., Harriman A. Nonradiative decay channels for a structurally-distorted, mono-strapped BODIPY derivative. J. Physical Chem. A, 2018, 122 (47), 9160-9170.
  • Sirbu D., Woodford O. J., Benniston A. C., Harriman A. Photocatalysis and autocatalysed photobleaching of covalently-linked chromophore-stabilizer conjugates built around BOPHY. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2018, 17, 750-762.
  • Sirbu D., Butcher J. B., Waddell P. G., Andras P., Benniston A. C. Locally excited state – charge transfer state coupled dyes as optically responsive neuron firing probes. Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23 (58), 14639–14649.
  • Sirbu D., Benniston A. C., Harriman A. One-Pot Synthesis of a Mono-O,B,N-strapped BODIPY Derivative Displaying Bright Fluorescence in the Solid State. Organic Lett., 2017, 19 (7), 1626–1629.
  • Sirbu D., Turta C., Gibson E. A., Benniston A. C. The ferrocene effect: enhanced electrocatalytic hydrogen production using meso-tetraferrocenyl porphyrin palladium (II) and copper (II) complexes. Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 14646-14655.
  • Iacob M., Sirbu D., Tugui C., Stiubianu G. T., Sacarescu L., Cozan V., Zeleňáková A., Čižmár E., Feher A., Cazacu M. Superparamagnetic amorphous iron oxide nanowires self-assembled into ordered layered structures. RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 62563-62570.
  • Sirbu D. Temperature dependence of 57Fe-mössbauer spectra for a FeIIFc – FeIItpy – FeIIFc  trinuclear system. Chem. J. Moldova, 2015, 10 (1), 84-88.
  • Sirbu D., Turta C., Benniston A.C., Abou-Chahine F., Lemmetyinen H., Tkachenko N.V., Wood C., Gibson E. Synthesis and properties of a meso tris-ferrocene appended zinc(II) porphyrin and a critical evaluation of its dye sensitised solar cell (DSSC) performance. RSC Advances, 2014, 4 (43), 22733-22742.
  • Benniston A.C., Sirbu D., Turta C., Probert M.R., Clegg W. Synthesis, molecular structure and properties of a ferrocene-based difluoropyrrolo-oxaborole derivative. Eur. J. Inorganic Chem., 2014, 36, 6212–6219.
  • Benniston A.C., Sirbu D., Turta C., Probert M.R., Clegg W. A simple method for desymmetrizing 1,1′-ferrocenedicarboxaldehyde. Tetrahedron Lett., 2014, 55 (28), 3777-3780.
  • Sirbu D., Marin I. Synthesis and IR, NMR caracterisation of new p-(n, n-diphenylamino) chalcones. Chem. J. Moldova, 2011, 6 (1), 86-89.