The WP leaders are leading young professors and associate professors from IGIC. All of them have been on long-term research stays in EU countries. This will lead to an EU-style of management of Mission.
Leader of WP01: Assoc. Prof. Velin NIKOLOV, Ph. D. (b. 1946). Deputy Director of IGIC since February 2004. Author and coauthor of 71 scientific papers. Projects: Leader of several national and participant in several international research projects. Supervisor of 4 Ph. D. students. Long-term research stays in Russia, Germany and Spain. Area of expertise: Single crystal growth, Multicomponent oxide systems, Laser technology. Selected recent publications:
1. I. Nikolov, J. Mateos, F. Guell, J. Massons, V. Nikolov, P. Peshev, F. Diaz, Optical Properties of Cr3+:NaAl(WO4)2 – New broad-band media, J. Opt. Mater., 25 (2004) 53.
2. I. Nikolov, V. Nikolov, P. Peshev, Regions of phase crystallization and new double tungstates in the system Na2O-Al2O3-WO3, J. Alloys Comp. 351 (2003) 202.
3. I. Nikolov, V. Nikolov and P. Peshev, Crystal Growth of pure and Cr3+-doped NaAl(WO4)2, J. Crystal Growth, 254 (2003) 107.
Leader of WP02: Assoc. Prof. Ekaterina ZHECHEVA, Ph. D. (b. 1950). Scientific secretary of IGIC since February 2004. Author and coauthor of 101 research papers and 1 review. Projects: Leader of several national and international projects. Contractor of two projects on materials for high-perform-ance lithium-ion batteries funded by EC: ERBJOU2-CT93-0326 and ERBCIPD-CT94-0501. Supervisor of 3 PhD students. Area of expertise: Inorganic materials science, Solid state chemistry, Magnetochemistry, Lithium intercalation compounds. International co-operation: with scientists from Spain, Germany and France. Long-term research stay at the University of Hannover, Germany. Selected recent publications:
1. R. Stoyanova, E. Zhecheva, R. Alcántara, J.L. Tirado, G. Bromiley, F. Bromiley and T. Boffa Ballaran, Layered Solid Solutions of LiNi1-xCoxO2 with a–LiGaO2 obtained under high oxygen pressure, J. Mater. Chem., 14 (2004) 363.
2. E. Zhecheva, R. Stoyanova, G. Tyuliev, K. Tenchev, Ml. Mladenov, S. Vassilev, Surface Interaction of LiNi0.8Co0.2O2 Cathodes with MgO, Solid State Sci., 5 (2003) 711.
3. R. Stoyanova, E. Zhecheva, R. Alcántara, J. Tirado, G. Bromiley, F. Bromiley and T. Boffa Ballaran, Lithium/Nickel Mixing in the Transition Metal Layers of Lithium Nickelate: High-Pressure Synthesis of Layered Li[LixNi1-x]O2 Oxides as Cathode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Solid State Ionics 161 (2003) 197.
Leader of WP03: Assoc. Prof. Anton NAYDENOV, Ph. D. (b.1963). Author and co-author of 30 research papers and 3 patents. Projects: Manager of several research projects on environmental protection based on cooperation with Haldor Tøpsoe (Denmark) and Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Area of expertise: Reactors and kinetics modelling, Advanced oxidation methods in presence of ozone, Environmental catalysis, Detoxication of waste waters containing PAHs (polyaromatic hydrocarbons). International co-operation: with scientists from Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, and Greece. Long-term research stay at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.Selected recent publications:
P. Konova, A. Naydenov, D. Mehandjiev, Deactivation of an Au/ZrO2 Catalyst in CO oxidation, Catal. Commun., 5 (2004) 537.
P. Konova, A. Naydenov, C. Venkov, D. Mehandjiev, D. Andreeva, T. Tabakova, Activity and Deactivation of Au/TiO2 Catalyst in CO oxidation, J. Mol. Catal., A213 (2004) 235.
D. Mehandjiev, A. Naydenov, G. Ivanov, Ozone Decomposition, Benzene and CO Oxidation over NiMnO3-Ilmenite and NiMn2O4-Spinel Catalysts, Appl. Catal., A206 (2001) 13.
Leader of WP04: Assoc. Prof. Stefka TEPAVITCHAROVA, Ph. D.(b. 1955). Author of 46 scientific publications, 70 scientific reports, 12 technologies for clean chemical products. Projects: Leading research scientist in EC projects EC IC15-CT96-0747, INTAS 2001-0330 and PL FP6 003510; expert in the Center of Excellence CESUM–BS-ICA1–CT–2000–70031; participant in 1 NATO/CCMS project; research scientist in 12 bilateral projects, leader or participant in 6 national projects, 3 of which on the ecology of Black Sea. Organizations: head of the Laboratory of Inorganic Salts with Pilot-Plant Unit (6 years); Scientific secretary of 1 international conference and 1 international workshop - EC ICA1-CT-2001-60009. Supervisor of 1 Ph. D. student. Area of expertise: Inorganic chemistry; Environmental chemistry; Marine chemistry; Inorganic materials synthesis and technologies; Clean processes and products; Green chemical technologies; Solid-state chemistry; Crystallization processes; Solubility phenomena; Thermodynamics of phase equilibrium. International co-operation: with scientists from Germany, Greece, France, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Czech Republic. Selected recent publications:
R. Cohen-Adad, Balarew Chr., S. Tepavitcharova and Rabadjieva D. Sea-Water Solubility Phase Diagram. Application to an Extractive Process, Pure & Appl. Chem. 74, (2002) 1811.
Chr. Balarew, S. Tepavitcharova, D. Rabadjieva, Voigt, W. Solubility and Crystallization in the System MgCl2 - MgSO4 - H2O at 50 and 75oC,. J. Solution Chem. 30 (2001) 815. 3.
Chr. Balarew, D. Rabadjieva, S. Tepavitcharova, Improved Treatment of Waste Brines. Proc. 8th World Salt Symp., Elsevier, 1 (2000) 551.
Leader of WP05: Assoc. Prof. Ivan HAVEZOV, Ph. D. (b. 1941). Author and co-author of 106 research papers and reviews, 4 monographs and books and 12 patents. 26 invited lectures at scientific institutions in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and USA. Teaching experience: on Instrumental Methods of Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Metrology in Chemistry. Supervisor of 5 Ph. D. students. Projects: Research member of 6 joint international scientific projects. Organisations: head of the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry; head of the Accreditation Council of Bulgaria; member of the Council for Environmental Protection to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Chairman of 3 international conferences on analytical atomic spectroscopy, Scientific secretary of 10 national and 1 international conferences. Area of expertise: Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Metrology in Chemistry. International co-operation: with scientists from Austria, Germany, Russia, USA. Selected recent publications:
G. Gentscheva, A. Detcheva, I. Havezov and E. Ivanova, Slurry sampling ETAAS determination of sodium and iron impurities in optical crystals of rubidium titanyl phosphate, Mikrochim. Acta, 144 (2004) 115.
A. Detcheva, N. Daskalova, S. Velichkov and I. Havezov, Analysis of single crystals based on strontium-lithium-titanium oxides by ICP AES, Spectrochim. Acta, B58 (2003) 1481.
Th. C. Voice, I. Havezov, L.V. Flores del Pino, D. T. Long, Field-deployable cartridge method and test kit for arsenic, US patent, Serial No 60/395,028/July 11, 2002.
Leader of WP06: Assoc. Prof. Radostina STOYANOVA, Ph. D. (b. 1962). Author and co-author of 68 research papers and 1 review. Projects: Leader and member of several national and international projects on synthesis and structural characterization of new materials for lithium ion batteries with LCMI-CNRS, Grenoble, France and BGI, Bayreuth University, Germany. Organizations: Member of the Bulgarian EPR Association, member of the International Society of Solid State Ionics. Area of expertise: Solid state chemistry, High-frequency EPR spectroscopy, Solid state ionics, Intercalation chemistry. International co-operation: with scientists from Spain, Germany and France. Long-term research stay at the University of Cordoba, Spain. Selected recent publications:1. R. Stoyanova, E. Zhecheva, R. Alcantara and J.-L. Tirado, Local coordination of low-spin Ni3+ probes in trigonal LiAlyCo1-yO2 monitored by HF-EPR, J. Phys. Chem., B108 (2004) 4053.
E. Zhecheva, R. Stoyanova, R. Alcántara and J.L. Tirado, EPR and Solid-State NMR Study of cation distribution in LiGayCo1-yO2 and effects on the electrochemical oxidation, J. Phys. Chem., B107 (2003) 4290.
E. Zhecheva, R. Stoyanova, J. M. Jiménez-Mateos, R. Alcántara, P. Lavela and J.L. Tirado, EPR study on petroleum cokes annealed at different temperatures and used in lithium and sodium batteries, Carbon, 40 (2002) 2301.
Leader of WP07: Àssoc. Prof. Plamen STEFANOV, Ph. D. (b.1953). Author and co-author of 54 research papers. Projects: Leader and participant in several national and international projects. Area of expertise: Electron spectroscopy,Thin films, Environmental catalysis. International co-operation: with scientists from France, Spain, Italy. Long-term research stays in Russia and Japan. Selected recent publications:
P. Stefanov, G. Atanasova, D. Stoychev, and Ts. Marinova, Electrochemical deposition of CeO2 on ZrO2 and Al2O3 thin films formed on stainless steel, Surf. Coat. Technol., 180-181 (2004) 446.
J.-L. Bobet, E. Grigorova, M. Khrussanova, M. Khristov, P. Stefanov, P. Peshev and D. Radev, Hydrogen sorption properties of graphite-modified magnesium nanocomposites prepared by ball-milling, J. Alloys Comp., 366 (2004) 298.
P. Stefanov, G. Atanasova, Ts. Marinova, J. Gomez-Garcia, J. M. Sanz, A. Caballero, J. J. Morales, A. M. Cordon, A. R. Gonzalez-Elipe, Characterization of Co/ZrO2 de-NOx Thin Film Catalysts Prepared by Magnetron Sputtering, Catal. Lett., 90 (2003) 195.
Co-leader of WP08: Assoc. Prof. Natasha TRENDAFILOVA, Ph.D. (b. 1949), Author of 57 scientific publications. Supervisor of 2 Ph. D. students. Projects: leader of 2 national and participant in 2 international projects. Organizations: Head of the Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry. Area of expertise: Computational Materials Science, Coordination Chemistry. International co-operation: with scientists from Austria and Germany. Selected recent publications:
1. I. Kostova, N. Trendafilova, Tz. Mihaylov, Theoretical and spectroscopic studies of pyridyl-substituted bis-coumarins and their new Nd(III) complexes, Chem. Phys., 314, 73-84 (2005).
2. I. Georgieva, N. Trendafilova, L. Rodrigez-Santiago, M. Sodupe, Coordination properties of the oxime analogue of glycine to Cu(II), J. Phys. Chem. A, 109, 5668-5676 (2005).
3. I. Georgieva, N. Trendafilova, A. Aquino, H. Lischka, Excited state properties of 7-hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin in gas phase and in solution, A theoretical study, J. Phys. Chem. A, 109, 11860-11869 (2005).
Co-leader of WP08:
Assoc. Prof. Daniela KOVACHEVA, Ph. D. (b.1960). Author and co-author of 58 research papers. Projects: Leader of 1 national and participant in several national and international projects. Area of expertise: Crystal structure refinement, Solid state chemistry, Materials research. International co-operation: with scientists from France, Spain, Israel, a.o. Teaching experience: on Inorganic Crystal Chemistry and X-Ray Diffraction Methods. Long-term research stay in France (IAEA-grant). Selected recent publications:
M.G. Lazarraga, L. Pascual, H. Gadjov, D. Kovacheva, K. Petrov, J.M. Amarilla, R.M. Rojas, M.A. Martin-Luengo, J.M. Rojo, LiNiyMn2-yO4 (0 <y<0.5) nanospinels synthesized by a sucrose-aided combustion method. Characterization and electrochemical performances, J. Mater. Chem. 14 (2004) 1640.2.
H. Gadjov, M. Gorova, V. Kotzeva, G. Avdeev, S. Uzunova, D. Kovacheva, LiMn2O4 prepared by different methods at identical thermal treatment conditions: structural, morphological and electrochemical characteristics, J. Power Sources, 134 (2004) 110.
3. D. Kovacheva
, H. Gadjov, K. Petrov, S. Mandal, M.G. Lazarraga, L. Pascual, J.M. Amarilla, R.M. Rojas, P. Herrero, and J.M. Rojo, Synthesizing nanocrystalline LiMn2O4by a combustion route, J. Mater. Chem
.,12 (2002) 1184.
Leader of WP09:
Prof. Elisaveta IVANOVA
, Ph. D., Dr. Habil. (b.1946). Deputy Director of IGIC since February 2004. Author and coauthor of 71 research papers and 5 reviews. Projects:
Leader of 2 national and 1 international research projects. Area of expertise
: Analytical chemistry, Atomic spectrometry, Separation, preconcentration and determination of trace elements in industrial, environmental and biological materials. Supervisor of 4 Ph. D. students. International co-operation:
with scientists from
Russia. Long-term research stay
Belgium (1996-1998). Invited Professor at UIA,
Belgium (1999, 2000), ISAS,
Germany (2004). Selected recent publications:
, Atomic absorption spectrometry, Principles and instrumentation, in: P. Worsfold, A. Townshend and C. Poole, Eds., Encyclopedia of Analytical Sciences,
Edition,Elsevier Science, 2004.
B. Dimitrova, K. Benkhedda, E. Ivanova
and F. Adams, Flow injection on-line preconcentration of palladium by ion-pair adsorption in a knotted reactor coupled with electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry, J. Anal. Atom. Spectrom., 19 (2004) 1394.
3. K. Benkhedda, B. Dimitrova. H. Goenaga Infante, E
, F. Adams, Simultaneous on-line preconcentration and determination of Pt, Rh and Pd in urine, serum and road dust by flow injection combined with inductively coupled plasma time-of-flight mass spectrometry, J. Anal. Atom. Spectrom., 18 (2003) 1019.
Shuttle WP leader:
Assoc. Prof. Dimitar RADEV
, Ph. D., (b.1952). Author and co-author of 51 research papers and 8 patents. Projects
: Leader and participant in several national research projects. Area of expertise
: Superhard and refractory materials synthesis and sintering, Non-traditional synthesis methods. Long-term research stays
. Invited Professor at Istanbul Technical University
, Istanbul, Turkey (2004). Selected research papers:
1. D. Klissurski, D. Radev, R. Iordanova, St. Kassabov, M. Milanova, Mechanically Assisted Synthesis of FeVO4 Catalysts, J. Mater. Sci., 39 (2004) 5375.
2. J.-L. Bobet, E. Grigorova, J.-L. Bobet, E. Grigorova, M. Khrussanova, M. Khristov, P. Stefanov, P. Peshev, D. Radev, Hydrogen Sorption Properties of Graphite-modified Magnesium Nanocomposites Prepared by Ball-milling, J. Alloys Comp., 366 (2004) 289.
3. D. Radev, M. Marinov, I. Radev, Synthesis of Nanophase Magnesium Diboride, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3, E. Balabanova, I. Dragieva, Eds., Heron Press, Sofia, 2003.