of Chemical Engineering (IChE) is an academic specialized scientific
organization for chemical engineering at the Bulgarian Academy
of Sciences (BAS) and a principal national research centre for chemical
and biochemical engineering science.
The mission of IChE
is to contribute to the environmental sustainable development of the
country with its scientific methodology, scientific capacity and broad
experience in the scientific and applied research fields of chemical
technology and industrial biotechnologies.
The main directions in research and
development activities of IChE are fully
consistent with the stated priorities of the National and European
strategies 2020 and can be summarized as follows:
- Energy and energy efficiency
- Development of green and eco-technologies
- Advanced materials and technologies
- Information and communication technologies
Over the years in IChE
are developed and prepared for industrial use more than 40 new processes,
equipment and technological systems with environmentally friendly or
The scientific staff of the IChE is recognized at international level for
contributions in the development of liquid membrane methods for
simultaneous extraction and concentration of valuable solutes from
natural sources or toxic substances from waste waters.
The studies in the field of
biotechnology relating to various fermentation and enzymatic processes, are practically applicable in the
pharmaceutical industry, as well as for biological treatment of waste
water, integrated processes for waste treatment, combined with the
production of energy from renewable sources.
New methods are
developed for optimal energy use in batch and continuous chemical
and biochemical processes as well as for modelling
of multicomponent liquid-vapour
Brand new area is studying, designing
and optimization of fuel cells (chemical and microbiological) to generate
energy with simultaneous removal of some environmental pollutants.
scientific papers are published, about 70
reports (90% of them at international conferences) are exported and more
than 500 citations of scientific contributions of the Institute are
The scientific staff of the Institute
consists of 32 persons: 7 professors, 9 associate professors, 5 of which
have DSc degrees and 25– PhD degrees.
There are 8 PhD students in the Institute.