The present structure includes all the NSI-ESHER affiliated partners. Included are the two integrated laboratories also uniting the eleven acting partner laboratories. In part the integrated laboratories also have a distributed structure within the framework of the partner organization i.e. unification is based on the availability of applicable lab equipment, personnel expertise, also not by location and affiliation with the entity of any specific organization. This approach introduces the principle of defragmentation and raises the research potential, quality of the expertise and helps fully utilize the material base, thus creating the conditions to quickly form versatile and highly qualified research teams.
A partial modernization and expansion of the existing integrated labs is envisaged within the framework of the project in order to increase their capacity to accommodate a wide user range – internal (structure members and their partners) and external (national, international, other research entities). The structure is digitized, such that the geographic location of NSI-ESHER facilitates its utilization by external and/or remote users.
The Materials Science Laboratory performs various types of analysis in support of the research activities of IEES, including: X-ray phase and structural analysis of solid phase materials; characterization of crystal/particle size and morphology by electron microscopy techniques (SEM, TEM and X-ray microanalysis). Materials porosity measurements are carried out, including: total pore volume, pore size distribution, bulk and skeletal density, specific surface area, etc. The Laboratory conducts also chemical composition analysis of lead, lithium and nickel compounds, carbons and other chemical substances used as raw materials in the manufacture of electrochemical power sources, as well as of the intermediate products obtained as a result of chemical conversions at different stages of battery operation.
Prof. Sasho Vassilev
Sasho Vassilev is a professor at the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems (IEEC), BAS, head of the Materials Science Laboratory. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (now UCTM-Sofia) in 1981, and in 1986 he defended his doctoral thesis there. Between 1993 and 1994 he specialized in Tenerife, Spain. His scientific work is focused on material science, X-ray diffraction, phase analysis, amorphous materials, nanoscale materials, electrochemical current sources, thin films and fibers, new materials for industry, medicine and ecology. He has expertise in the field of layer structure and secondary extinction in the layers. Member of the Union of Chemists in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Crystallographic Society.
The laboratory has equipment, as well as highly competent specialists for obtaining, testing and complex characterization of various electrode materials.
Assoc. Prof. Eli Grigorova is born in Sofia. She graduated in 1999 at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ", Faculty of Chemistry, specialty" Particularly pure substances and materials on their basis" with master's degree. In 2001 she was assigned as a joint doctoral student at the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, BAS and at the Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condenseé de Bordeaux, Université Bordeaux I, France. In 2005, defended a doctorate with title "Preparation and characterization of new magnesium and Mg2Ni based composite materials for their hydrogen storage". From 2012 she is Associate Professor at the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, BAS. Her scientific interests are in the area metals and intermetallics for hydrogen storage and have published 25 articles and more than 400 citations. She speaks French, English and Russian and has participated in 7 national and 2 international projects.
The Laboratory of Bioelectrochemical Systems for Hydrogen Production is part of the university Innovation Center for Eco Energy Technologies, created by a decision of the Academic Council of South-West University "Neofit Rilski" from 21.12.2012. The main activity of the laboratory is related to the development and characterization of new electrode materials, as well as the construction and testing of microbial electrolysis cells of different design.
Mario Mitov graduated as a chemical engineer in “Electrochemical productions and power sources” at the University of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1985. He began his professional carrier in the Department of Chemistry at South-West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria in 1987., Prof. Mitov delivers lectures on General and Inorganic Chemistry, Physicochemistry and Electrochemistry. His research interests are focused on characterization of nanomaterials as potential electrodes for rechargeable batteries and fuel cells and investigation of bioelectrochemical systems such as Microbial Fuel Cells, Microbial Electrolysis Cells and Direct Photosyntesizing Plant Fuel Cells.
Simeon Stankov acquired his M. Sc. degree at University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy – Sofia defending thesis “Positive Electrodes Based on Doped Vanadium Compounds for Lithium-Ion Battery” in 2010. Later under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Anton Momchilov and Dr. Isaac Abrahams (Queen Marry University of London) he successfully defended PhD thesis entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Coated and Doped Lithium Vanadium Phosphates as Active Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries” at Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems „Acad. Evgeni Budevski” – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IEES-BAS) in 2014. Thereafter, he carried out post doctoral work in the field of synthesis, physicochemical and electrochemical study of active materials for Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) within the Austrian Research Funding Association’s (FFG) project “Advanced and Innovative Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage” (AIMS) at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria (2014-2016). Currently he holds a chief assistant position in Lithium Electrochemistry Department at IEES-BAS.
Research interest: Study of intercalation compounds as active materials for aprotic LIB and Post-LIB as well as new aqueous battery systems. Investigation of novel composite materials for energy conversion, production and storage.
The laboratory carries out a fundamental and applied research in the field of hydrogen energy systems. The electrode materials are integrated into membrane electrode assembles (PEM and AEM) and characterized by modern electrochemical methods. Screening procedures are also performed in three-electrode cells with liquid electrolyte.
Dr. Galin Borissov has been working in the field of hydrogen technology for more than 10 years. He joined the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems "Acad. Evgeni Budevski "in the distant year 2009, initially taking the position of technologist, and later a chemist in the section" Hydrogen systems with polymer electrolyte ". In 2010 he was assigned as a doctoral student with a dissertation theme "Hydrogen production in cells with polymeric proton conducting membrane". In his intensive scientific work in this period since he grew up as a scientist, he did several times in Germany at the Institute of Materials for Electronics IWE - 1 to RWTH. In the period 2013-1015, Galin Borisov specializes in high-temperature fuel cells with a polymer electrolyte in the Juliech research center. So far, Galin Borisov has participated in more than 16 scientific projects related to hydrogen economy, storage and transformation of electricity and electric mobility on various national and European projects.
Assoc. Prof. Veselin Sinigerski, Ph.D.
Assoc.Prof. Vesselin Sinigersky, PhD, is head of Laboratory Conjugated Polymers, Institute of Polymers, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IP BAS). Since 2001 he is actively involved in the development proton- and anion conductive solid polymer electrolytes for membranes in PEM fuel cells and AEM electrolyzers. He has been project leader for IP BAS in 5 international (3 of them European) and 3 national projects. V. Sinigersky is co-author of 42 scientific publications with more than 240 citations and 6 issued patent applications (5 of them international, concerning solid polymer electrolytes).
The laboratory for hydrogen production by pulse and photo-electrolysis at the Hydrogen Technology Centre of the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (HTC-UCTM) implement a range of projects, financed by National and European research programmes, such as DN19/3 “Modeling, optimization and modification of nanoporous anodic oxide films as catalysts for water photoelectrolysis” and PIRSES-GA-2011-295273 ”Functional ordered NAnomaterials via ELectrochemical routes in non-aqueous electrolytes“(NANEL). A laboratory recirculation loop for high-temperature and high-pressure electrochemical and photoelectrochemical measurements and testing of construction materials for power plants is constructed with the financial support of Kozloduy NPP (2017-2020). HTC-UCTM is a partner in the National Programme “Low-Carbon Energy for Transport and Households” (Е+, 2018-2021).
Master of Science in Electrochemical Engineering and Corrosion Protection, 1988, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria. PhD in Electrochemistry, 1994, DSc in Physical Chemistry, 2006. Active Member of the Electrochemical Society, Inc. (since 2002) and the International Society of Electrochemistry (since 2004). Senior researcher at the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems (1997-1999) and VTT Technical Research Center of Finland (2000-2004). Currently Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Hydrogen Technology Center, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria, and Research Director, Hydrogen Energy Technologies Division, BG H2 Society. More than 30 years of experience in experimental characterization and modeling of corrosion and anodic oxidation of metals and alloys in various environments, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials for energy systems, including electrolysis and photo-electrolysis, and development of experimental and modeling techniques in electrochemistry and corrosion. More than 250 scientific publications and presentations at international conferences, more than 2700 citations in official literature sources, h-factor 28.
Assoc. Prof. Maxim Ganchev, Ph.D.
Assoc. prof. Maxim Ganchev, PhD - Central Laboratory of Solar Energy and New Energy Sources - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences' Laboratory Electrochemical technologies and renewable energy converters "
Scientific Interests: Renewable Energy, Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Photovoltaics.