Name: Victor Sofonea

Date and place of birth:  January 10, 1956, Deva, Romania

Research expertise
Professional experience
Visiting positions
Scientific publications
Research Projects

   PhD: Department of Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania (1995) 
Thesis: Collective Interactions in Magnetic Fluids
Advisor: Professor Ioan-Iovitz Popescu, Member of the Romanian Academy
   MSc: Department of Physics, West University of Timisoara, Romania (1978)
Dissertation: Applications of Nonlinear Optics
Advisor: Professor Emmerich Hegedus


  • Senior Researcher (since 1997)
    Center for Fundamental and Advanced Technical Research
    Romanian Academy
    Bd. Mihai Viteazul 24
    RO - 300223 Timisoara
    Phone/Fax: + 40 256 19 18 16

Research expertise

  • physical properties of magnetic fluids and composites
  • computer simulation techniques and numerical methods
  • Lattice Boltzmann models for complex fluids
  • parallel computing

Professional experience
    1990-1997 Senior Researcher

    Institute for Complex Fluids
    (formerly Research Center for Hydrodynamics, Cavitation and Magnetic Fluids)
    Polytechnical University of Timisoara

    magneto-optical and microstructural properties of magnetic fluids

    1986-1990 Research Physicist

    Department of Physics, West University of Timisoara

    crystal growth technology and physical properties of crystals

    1981-1986 Researcher

    Institute for Welding and Material Testing, Timisoara

    physics of the welding arc and plasma physics,
    data acquisition and signal processing

    1979-1981 Physicist

    Tehnometal CTC Laboratory, Timisoara

    material testing and quality control

    1978-1979 Physics Teacher
    25th  General School, Timisoara
Visiting positions 


"Aurel Vlaicu" Prize of the Romanian Academy (1999)

with Dr. Klaus R. Mecke (Max Planck Institute for Metal Research, Stuttgart, Germany), for the group of papers entitled

Lattice Boltzmann Morphological Models for Complex Fluids


  • V.Sofonea, K.R.Mecke
    Morphological Characterization of Spinodal Decomposition Kinetics
    European Physical Journal B 8 (1999) 99-112
  • K.R.Mecke, V.Sofonea
    Morphology of Spinodal Decomposition
    Physical Review E 56 (1997) R3761-R3764
  • V.Sofonea
    Two Phase Fluid Subjected to Terrestrial or Space Conditions: a Lattice Boltzmann Study
    International Journal of Modern Physics C - Computers and Physics 7 (1996) 695-704
  • V.Sofonea
    Lattice Boltzmann Approach to Collective Particle Interactions in Magnetic Fluids
    Europhysics Letters 25 (1994) 385-390
Research Projects