ELENA DIMITROVA MILEVA

Associate Professor Ph.D.
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
"Acad. G.Bonchev" Str., bl.11, Sofia 1113, BULGARIA

Tel.: (359 2) 979-3583; Email: mileva@ipchp.ipc.bas.bg

AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
Physical Chemistry; Colloid and Interface Science; Complex Fluids; Soft Condensed Matter; Scientific Basis of Flotation and Separation Processes

- Theoretical modelling of static and dynamic properties of disperse systems, interfaces and complex fluids, including both analytical and numerical methods;
- Structure and rheology of molecular and complex fluids;
- Nanoscale phenomena and structures in fluid media;
- Physicochemical hydrodynamics of thin liquid films;
- Hydrodynamic interactions in suspensions and bubble-driven flows;
- Scientific background of flotation and separation processes;

Author of 50 scientific papers


TEACHING ACTIVITIES:

Reader of advanced course in Complex Fluids (Centre for Doctoral Studies in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Supervisor of Ph.D. students:

"Experimental investigation of self-assembled amphiphilic structures in foam films"
(P. Tchoukov), Ph.D. thesis to be defended soon.
"Dynamic interactions of fine solids with boundary layers"
(L. Nikolov), Ph.D. thesis defended in 1998.


CONTRACTS WITH SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FUNDS:

Sixth Framework Program of the European Commission, coordinator of the project "NANOPHEN" (2005-2008);
Fifth Framework Program of the European Commission, participant in the project "METASEP" (2001-2003);
Bulgarian National Fund for Scientific Research, coordinator of 2 contracts, participant in 1 contract (1992-1998);
European Commission, TMR, Cooperation with CEEC (1993);
Deutscheforshungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (1990);


MEMBERSHIP OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ORGANISATIONS:

International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS)
since 1997


MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BOARDS:
- Executive Committee of the Scientific Council in Physical Chemistry (Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria);
- Expert Council of the National Center in Nanotechnology (NCNT)

SELECTED SCIENTIFIC PAPERS:

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

2. "Hydrodynamic Interactions and Stability of Emulsion Films"

Elena Mileva, Boryan Radoev
Chapter 6 in "Emulsions: Structure, Stability and Interactions", (vol. Ed. D.N.Petsev.)
vol. 4 of series "Interfacial Science and Technology" (series Ed. A.Hubbard), Elsevier, London (2004), invited review


3. "Foam films as instrumentation in the study of amphiphile self-assembly"

Elena Mileva, Dotchi Exerowa, Adv.Coll&Interface Sci., 100-102, 547-562 (2003), invited review paper

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

5. "Experimental evidences of self-assembly in foam films from amphipilic solutions"

Plamen Tchoukov, Elena Mileva, Dotchi Exerowa, Langmuir, 19, 1215-1220 (2003).

6. "Black dots as a detector of self-assembly in thin liquid films"

Elena Mileva, Dotchi Exerowa, Plamen Tchoukov, Colloids&Surfaces A, 186, 83-92 (2001).

7. "Static structure of polydisperse micellar solutions"

Elena Mileva, J.Coll&Interface Sci., 232, 211-218 (2000).

8. "Dimerization and solvation equilibria. The direct correlation function"

Elena Mileva, Glenn T. Evans, J. Chem. Phys., 113, 3766-3771 (2000).

9. "Self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules in foam films"

Elena Mileva, Dotchi Exerowa, Chapter 15 in "Emulsions, Foams and Thin Films", Eds. K. Mittal and P. Kumar, Marcel Dekker, NY (2000), invited paper

10. "Fine particles inside the boundary layers at different interfaces"

Elena Mileva, Current Topics in Colloid& Interface Science, 3, 1-18 (1999), invited review paper