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Expert in Colloids, Nanoscience, Particles, Nanomaterials, Microfluidics, Bio-nano Materials, Surfactants, Gels, Coatings, Suspensions, and 3D printing

Expert ID: 733946 North Carolina, USA

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Expert has established a record of innovative research in the area of nanostructures with electrical and photonic functionality, biosensors, microfluidics and nanomanufacturing. He has been the first to synthesize "inverse opals," one of the most widely studied types of photonic materials today. Expert has also pioneered techniques for making novel nanoparticle materials, Janus particles, rod-like particles and responsive foams. Technologies based on his research have formed the basis of two Research Triangle Area startup companies, Xanofi and Benanova. He has published extensively in high-profile journals, been cited on an exceptional level, and received numerous national and academic awards.

Expert has consulted for a number of international corporations, startups, and mid-level companies.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Raleigh, North Carolina - Greensboro, North Carolina - Durham, North Carolina - Winston Salem, North Carolina - Fayetteville, North Carolina - Cary, North Carolina - High Point, North Carolina - Jacksonville, North Carolina - Greenville, North Carolina - Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1998 Degree: Post-doctoral Fellow Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Delaware
Year: 1996 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Physical Chemistry Institution: University of Sofia and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Year: 1989 Degree: BS and M.Sc. Subject: Chemical Physics and Theoretical Chemistry Institution: University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: INVISTA Professor Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Responsibilities: Distinguished (chaired) university professor
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: NC State University Title: Professor Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Responsibilities: University professor
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: NC State University Title: Associate Professor Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Responsibilities: University professor
Years: 2001 to 2006 Employer: NC State University Title: Assistant Professor Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: University professor
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: Univ. of Delaware Title: Research Assistant Professor Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: University research-engaged professor
Years: 1994 to 1995 Employer: Protein Array Project Title: Research scientist Department: Japanese Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology Responsibilities: Scientist

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS)
Elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Inst. of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS)
Professional Appointments
Section Editor of two sections (2014 – present and 2009 – 2014) of Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science;
Member of the Editorial Boards, Langmuir, 2008 – 2016, Biomicrofluidics, 2006 – present, Particle 2012 – present, Chemistry of Materials, 2008 – 2015, Adv. Colloid Interface Science 2012 – 2015;
Leader of Interdisciplinary Research Group 1 (IRG 1) and member of the Steering Committee of the Triangle MRSEC on Programmable Soft Matter (2011 – present).
Awards / Recognition
Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering (AIChE) 2017
Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) 2017
R.J. Reynolds Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension (NCSU) 2017
Dinesh O. Shah Annual Lecture in Surface Science (UFL) 2017
Chancellors' Innovation Fund Award (NCSU) 2016
Springer 1st Colloid and Polymer Science Lecture Award 2014
NC ACS 2013 Distinguished Speaker Award (NC ACS Section) 2013
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor (NCSU) 2013
Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2011
Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award (NCSU) 2011
Innovator of the Year Award (NC State University) 2011
Mercator Visiting Professor Fellowship (DFG – Germany & TU-Berlin) 2010
Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award (NCSU) 2010
INVISTA named professorship (NC State University) 2009
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation) 2006
NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers 2006
3M Nontenured Faculty Award (3M Company) 2006
Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award (Sigma Xi NCSU Chapter) 2004
CAREER award (The National Science Foundation) 2003
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) 2002
Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (Camille and Henry Dreyfus Found.) 2001
Publications and Patents Summary
188 peer-reviewed publications, including ones in Nature, Science, Nature Mater., Nature Nanotech., Adv. Mater, JACS, and other outlets.
H-index = 64 and more than 18,500 citations reported by Google Scholar (H index of 54 and 13,400 citations by Web of Science database).
8 patents, 12 pending patent or provisional patent applications

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Bulgarian Original native language
Russian Profficient

Fields of Expertise

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