Nikolai Denkov#

Nikolai Denkov
Membership Number:4992
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:BULGARIA

Present and Previous Positions

  • 2017 - present Head, Laboratory of Active Formulations and Materials, Sofia University
  • 2017 (January-May): Minister of education and science of Bulgaria
  • 2014 - 2016 Deputy minister of education and science of Bulgaria
  • 2008 - 2015 Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Sofia University
  • 2008 - present: Professor, Sofia University, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • 2004 - 2005 Lead Scientist, Unilever R&D Center, Edgewater, New Jersey, USA (sabbatical leave)
  • 1998 - 2008 Associate Professor, Sofia University, Faculty of Chemistry
  • 1997 - 1998 Senior Researcher, Rhone Poulenc, Saint Fons, France (sabbatical leave)
  • 1996 - 1998 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Chemistry, Sofia University
  • 1994 - 1995 Researcher, Nagayama Protein Array Project, Japanese Research & Development Corporation, Tsukuba, Japan

Fields of Scholarship
  • Surface forces and stability of liquid films
  • Mechanisms of cleaning, detergency
  • Kinetics and mechanisms of oil (fragrance, drug) solubilization in micellar solutions
  • Surfactant aggregation, adsorption and applications
  • Formation and stability of emulsions
  • Foam generation, rheology, and stability
  • Capillary phenomena (capillary forces, capillary bridges)
  • Biophysics of oil/fat digestion
  • 2D and 3D-colloid crystals (methods for fabrication and optical properties)
  • Physical Chemistry of Disperse Systems and Surfactants
  • Antifoam effect of oils and oil-solid mixtures

Honours and Awards
  • International
    • 2019 Received Solvay Prize by the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS)
    • 2019 Invited member of the Physical Sciences Working Group of European Space Agency (ESA)
    • 2018 Invited Chair of Panel of PE5 "Synthetic Chemistry and Materials" (ERC) for evaluation of ERC Consolidator Grants 2019
    • 2018 Elected member of the Council of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS)
    • 2010 The article by Denkov et al. "Mechanism of formation of two-dimensional crystals from latex particles on substrates", Langmuir (1992) 3183 ranked under number 20 in the list of "25 Most-Cited Articles Published in Langmuir" for all years.
  • National
    • 2018 Elected corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    • 2016 Granted with the big award for high scientific achievements of Sofia University
    • 2013 Granted with Medal of Honor with blue ribbon by Sofia University for academic achievements.
    • 2010 Granted by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science with the highest National award "Pythagoras" for scientific achievements

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