Institution name and department

Institute of Applied Physics, Acadeny of Sciences of Moldova

Position held


Senior Researcher



MD-2028, 5 Academiei str. Chisinau, Moldova



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Key words


·       Indentation



·       Friction



·       Selective chemical treatment



Areas of Research/Expertise

-         Chemical instability of materials under mechanical load;

-         Influence of different external and internal factors (radiation, impurities, implantation, temperature, loading, chemical bond, dislocation density, etc.) on the mechanical properties;

-         Mechanism of the deformation and destruction of crystals, coated systems and other materials under concentrated load action.

-         Application of microindentation and nanoindentation methods for studying of different physical parameters and phenomena: hardness anisotropy, fracture anisotropy, mass transport, twinning, dislocation mobility, dislocation-disclination deformation mechanism, phase transformation, scale effect, etc.

-         Tribology.

-         Piezoresistivity and flexoelectricity in thin films.

-         Thermoplastic composites and rubber.

5 Most representative publications related to mechanochemistry 

1. Grabco, D., Shikimaka, O., Harea, E., Gehm, N., Schimmel, T., Koch, T. Anomalous dissolution of microindentation deformed zone of ito/si coated system. Phys. Status Solidi C, 2009, 5, 1295-1298, DOI:

2. Harea, E. Microstructures produced by chemical etching of finely scratched silicon, in the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series by Springer 2010, Johann Peter Reithmaer  (Eds.) pp. 55-58. DOI:

3. Simashkevich, A., Sherban, D., Bruk, L., Harea, E., Usatii, I. Efficient ITO/nSi solar cells with silicon textured surface. Surface Engineering and Applied Electrochemistry, 2011, 47(3), 266–271. DOI:

4. Harea, E., Lapsker, I., Laikhtman, A., Rapoport L., Bauschinger’s effect and dislocation structure under friction of LiF single crystals, Tribology Letters. 2013, 52(2), 205-212. DOI:

5. Sidiropoulos,A., Harea, E., Konstantinidis, A., Aifantis, E. “Pop-in” and “pop-out” effect in monocrystalline silicon. A statistical investigation. J Mech Behav Mater, 2017; 26(1–2), 65–71. DOI:

5 Most representative publications non-related to Mechanochemistry

1.     Shikimaka, O., Grabco, D., Sava, B., Elisa, M., Boroica, L., Harea, E., Pyrtsac, C., Prisacaru, A., Barbos, Z. Densification contribution as a function of strain rate under indentation of terbium-doped aluminophosphate glass. Journal of Materials Science, 2016,  51(3), 1409-1417.


2.     Harea, E., Aifantis, K. Understanding the evolution of the pop-out effect in Si-based photovoltaics, Surface Engineering and Applied Electrochemistry. 2014, 6, 497-503.


3.     Harea, E. Changes in the Electric Resistance of Silicon under Cyclic Nanoindentation. Surface Engineering and Applied Electrochemistry. 2011, 47, 290–293. DOI:

4.     Grabco, D., Shikimaka, O., Harea, E. Translation-rotation plasticity as basic mechanism of plastic deformation in macro-, micro- and nanoindentation processes. Journ. Phys. D: Applied Physics, 2008, 41, 074016.


5.     Grabco, D., Dicusar, A., Petrenko, V., Harea, E., Shikimaka, O. Micromechanical Properties of Electrolytic Alloys Co-W at the Impact Deposition. Surface Engineering and Applied Electrochemistry, 2007, 43(1), 11-17. DOI:

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