Nikolai Denkov - Curriculum Vitae#

  • M.Sc. in Chemistry (1987), Ph.D. (1993), DSc. (2007) and Professor (2008) in Physical Chemistry at Department of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Engineering, Faculty of Chemistry & Pharmacy, Sofia University, Bulgaria.
  • Vice Dean of the Faculty (2004-2008), Head of Department (2008-2015), Head of Laboratory (2017)
  • Deputy Minister (2014-2016) and Minister (January-May, 2017) of education and science of Bulgaria.
  • Visiting researcher in Nagayama Protein Array Project (Tsukuba, Japan, 1994-1995); senior researcher in the Research Center of Rhone-Poulenc (Lyon, France, 1997-1998); and lead scientist in Unilever R&D (NJ, USA 2004-2005).

His research includes experimental and theoretical studies on the formation, stability, rheology and applications of disperse systems, on the methods for their characterization, on the use of surfactants for controlling the properties of these systems, and on the procedures for obtaining ordered colloid structures.

So far, he has published over 160 research articles, including 2 papers in Nature and 1 in Nature Communications, 12 invited reviews in journals and 5 chapters in books, and is a co-author of 12 patents, cited over 7300 times in literature (h-index = 45 according to SCOPUS).

He has presented 43 plenary and invited lectures at international conferences and 76 invited seminars in universities and research institutions. He has led over 40 projects with international companies, incl. Unilever, BASF, PepsiCo, Saint Gobain, Wacker, Dow Corning, Rhodia, Heineken, Prodalysa, and others.

He is a co-organizer of 2 conferences and 2 summer schools in the USA, France and Bulgaria. Supervisor and co-supervisor of 12 completed PhD Theses.

  • Recipient of Solvay Prize by the European Colloid Interface Society (ECIS) for 2019
  • Invited member of the Physical Sciences Working Group of European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Invited Chair of Panel of PE5 "Synthetic Chemistry and Materials" (ERC) for evaluation of ERC Consolidator Grants 2019
  • Elected member of the international Council of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS)

In 2010 he received the highest National award "Pythagoras" for scientific achievements by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science. In 2013 received the Medal of Honor with blue ribbon of Sofia University for academic achievements. In 2016 received the big award for scientific achievements of Sofia University.

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