Professor, DSc, Head of Department of Interfaces and Colloids
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
"Acad.G.Bonchev" Str., bl.11, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
Tel: (+359 2) 979 3583, (+359 2) 870 0257

Fax: (+359 2) 971 2688, E-mail: mileva@ipc.bas.bg



Areas of Expertise and Research Activities
  • Physical chemistry; Interfaces and colloids; Soft condensed matter; Static and dynamic properties of fluid interfaces and colloid systems; 
  • Structures and interactions in complex fluids; Physical chemistry of functionalized interfaces and thin liquid films, wetting and adhesion;
  • Self-assembly of amphiphilic substances; Self-assembling polymers, supramolecular aggregates; Self-organization in dynamic conditions and in external fields;
  • Protein-surfactant interactions, controlled drug release; Bioinspired concepts and medical applications; Flotation and separation phenomena and processes


Scientific Interests
  • Statistical mechanics of molecular and complex fluids;
  • Rheology of disperse systems and interfacial layers;
  • Phase equilibria and phase transition in self-assembling systems;
  • Biological aspects and applications of self-assembling phenomena;
  • Structure of biological membranes, mechanisms of cell permeability; 
  • Environmental aspects and purification of contaminated waters


Recent Grants and Additional Funding
  • FP7 COST MP1106: "Smart and green interfaces-from  single bubbles and drops to industrial, environmental and biomedical applications" (2012-2016, Member of MC)
  • National scientific research infrastructure INFRAMAT: Infrastructure for design and characterization of new materials with industrial, biomedical and environmental applications; investigations, diagnostics, restoration and conservation of metal artefacts (2010-, Member of Supervisory Board)
  • Support and development of the research potential in the field of material science, incl. new materials (OP "Development of Human Resources", EC, BG 051PO001 - 3.3.06 - 0038, 2012-2014, Member of Supervisory Board);
  • Reversible Nanotransporters Across Fluid Interfaces (Bulgarian NSF, DO-02-256, 2009-2012);
  • Coordinator of FP6 Center of Excellence NANOPHEN: "Nanoscale Phenomena and Structures in Bulk and  Surface Phases" (EC, 2005-2008)
  • Amphiphilic Nanostructures in Fluid Media, module of National Research Program "Colloid Aspects of Nanoscience: Nanostructures in  Interfacial and Bulk Phases, and in the Three-phase Contact Zones" (Bulgarian NSF, D01-460, 2006-2011)
  • FP7 COST Action D43 "Colloid and Interface Chemistry for Nanotechnology" ( EC, 2006-2011)
  • Adsorption Dynamics and Drainage Kinetics of Foam Films from Micelle- forming Surfactants" (DAAD-Germany and Bulgarian NSF, joint project with  Department of Interfaces in the Max Plank Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Golm, Germany, 2007-2009)
  • FP5 project METASEP: "Selective Separation of Toxic Metals from Specific Industrial  Wastewater Streams for Water and Metals Re-use" (EC, EVK1-2000-22090, 2001-2004)
  • 7 projects, funded by Bulgarian NSF; bilateral projects with research institutions in Germany, Poland and Romania
  • EC-TMR, Cooperation with CEEC; Deutscheforshungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


Membership in National and International Scientific Bodies
  • International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS, Member of IACIS Council); European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS);
  • National Coordination Council in Nanotechnologies (2005-present, Member of Executive Committee);
  • National Scientific Council in Physical Chemistry (2001-2010, Member of Executive Committee)


Selected Papers
  • "Interaction of four-antennary oligoglycines and lipopolysaccharides in aqueous media", Anna Gyurova, Stefan Stoyanov, Elena Mileva, Colloids and Surfaces A, (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2014.01.079

  • "Functionalized core-shell nanoparticles for medical applications", Elena Mileva, Borislav Soklev, Viktoria Michailova, Dimi Arabadzhieva, Ch. 8 (pp. 146-169) in: Inhaler devices: Fundamentals, design and drug delivery, (Ed. P. Prokopovich), Woodhead publishing Ltd., Cambridge, UK, 2013

  • "Adsorption layer properties and foam film drainage of aqueous solutions of tetraethyleneglycol monododecyl ether", Dimi Arabadzhieva, Elena Mileva, Plamen Tchoukov, Reinhard Miller, Francesca Ravera, Libero Liggieri, Colloids and Surfaces A, 392, 233-241 (2011)

  • "Impact of amphiphilic nanostructures on formation and rheology of adsorption layers and on foam film drainage", Dimi Arabadzhieva, Plamen Tchoukov, Elena Mileva, Reinhard Miller, Borislav Soklev, Ukr. J. Physics, 58, 801-810, (2011)

  • "Impact of adsorption layers on thin liquid films", Elena Mileva, Curr. Opinion Coll&Interface Sci., 15, 315-323 (2010)

  • "Adsorption layer and foam film properties of mixed solutions containing b-casein and C12DMPO", Csaba Kotsmar, Dimi Arabadzhieva, Khristo Khristov, Elena Mileva, Dimitriy Grigoriev, Reinhard Miller, Dotchi Exerowa, Foods Hydrocolloids, 23, 1169-1176 (2009)

  • "Amphiphilic nanostructures in thin liquid films", Elena Mileva, Dotchi Exerowa, Curr. Opinion Coll&Interface Sci., 13, 120-127 (2008)

  • "Surfactant nanostructures in foam films", Elena Mileva, Plamen Tchoukov, Ch. 8 (pp.187-206) in Colloid Stability - The Role of Surface Forces, (Ed. Th. Tadros), Wiley-VCH, Darmstadt, 2007

  • "Amphiphilic nanostructures in thin liquid films", Elena Mileva, Plamen Tchoukov, Dotchi Exerowa, Adv.Coll&Interface Sci., 114-115, 47-52 (2005)

  • "Hydrodynamic interactions and stability of emulsion films", Elena Mileva, Boryan Radoev, Ch. 6 (pp.215-258) in Emulsions: Structure, Stability and Interactions, (Ed. D. Petsev), Elsevier, London, 2004

  • "Entrapment efficiencies of hydrodynamic boundary layers on rising bubbles", Elena Mileva, Lyubomir Nikolov, J.Coll&Interface Sci., 265, 310-319 (2003)

  • "Experimental evidences of self-assembly in foam films from amphipilic solutions", Plamen Tchoukov, Elena Mileva, Dotchi Exerowa, Langmuir, 19, 1215-1220 (2003)

  • "Foam films as instrumentation in the study of amphiphile self-assembly", Elena Mileva, Dotchi Exerowa, Adv.Coll&Interface Sci., 100-102, 547-562 (2003)

  • "Static structure of polydisperse micellar solutions", Elena Mileva, J.Coll&Interface Sci., 232, 211-218 (2000)

  • "Dimerization and solvation equilibria. The direct correlation function", Elena Mileva, Glenn Evans, J.Chem.Phys., 113, 3766-3771 (2000)