Prof. Venko BESCHKOV, D.Sc.
Phone: (+359 2) 870 20 88
Assoc. Prof. Tsvetan
2) 870 32 73
Chairman of Scientific Council:
Assoc. Prof. George
Phone: (+359 2) 870 41 18,
979 32 86
Contact person for international cooperation:
Phone: (+359 2) 870 20 88
Phone: (+359 2) 870 54 59;
(+359 2) 979 30 98
Phone: (+359 2) 870-42-49; (+359 2) 979 32 76
The Institute of
Chemical Engineering (IChE) is a basic scientific
organisation for chemical engineering at the Bulgarian Academy of
Sciences (BAS) and a principal national research centre for chemical
engineering and bioengineering science. The IChE is involved both in
fundamental and applied research in the priority fields like "new
technologies", "economy of energy", "environmental protection". The
principal areas of the research activity are:
heat and mass transfer processes in multiphase systems
methods for optimal use and storage of energy
· chemical engineering problems in catalysis
practical aspects of biochemical processes
computer simulation and controll of
The main achievements are in the
development of new industrial processes, novel equipment and process
technologies, creation of methods for optimised industrial design,
control and renovation of chemical engineering systems.
The Institute has developed and applied in industrial scale more
than 20 new processes, equipment and systems with environmental or
energy saving effects: contact economisers for utilisation of heat
from flue gases of heat power stations; technologies and apparatuses
for removal of toxic contamination from gas fluxes; new concepts for
heterogeneous catalytic reactors; extraction technologies for
producing and recovery of valuable or toxic substances from waste
The scientific staff of the Institute is recognised at the
international level for contributions in the development of liquid
membrane methods for simultaneous extraction and concentration of
valuable solutes or toxic substances from waste waters and natural
The studies in the field of biotechnology concern the kinetics
of various fermentation and enzyme processes, practically applied
for biological treatment of waste waters, and in the pharmaceutical
New methods are developed for optimal energy use in batch
chemical and biochemical processes as well as for modelling of
multicomponent liquid-vapour equilibrium.
Scientific teams from the Institute participate in projects of
the European programmes COST , TEMPUS, BIOSAP etc . Informational
networks and education programmes are elaborated in
collaboration with scientists of many European countries. Projects
with the European Commission are currently developed.
Phytex - research and consulting center for botanical extracts.
Innovations - application-ready!
HISTORY:In 1961, in the framework of the Institute of
General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Bulgarian Academy of
Sciences, a Department for Mass Transfer Processes was
created. It represented the first Bulgarian specialised laboratory
for chemical engineering research. Twelve years later, in 1973, this
Department was transformed into an independent research unit of the
BAS, acquiring the name Central Laboratory of Chemical Engineering.
By 1986 the latter numbered a staff of 66 employees and it was
considered appropriate to convert it into Institute of Chemical
Engineering. From its foundation and up to 1989 the institute was
headed by Prof. D.Elenkov, D.Sc., Corresponding member of BAS, and
that from 1989 till 1992 by Prof.L.Boyadzhiev, D.Sc. The first
specialised laboratories of the Institute were headed by Prof.
D.Elenkov, D.Sc., Corresponding member of BAS, Prof. L.Boyadzhiev,
D.Sc., Prof. Chr.Boyadjiev, D.Sc., Prof. N.Kolev,
In 2000 the
Institute of Chemical Engineering incorporates 6 research
laboratories with a scientific staff of 37 employees, including one
Corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 5
professors, 12 associated professors, 22 persons are bearers of
Ph.D. degrees and 6 - of D.Sc.
SCIENTIFIC SUBJECTS OF THE RESEARCH
Prof. George KYUCHOUKOV,
Phone: (+359 2) 872 02
979 32 74
Laboratory "Transfer processes in liquid
Extraction of metals and organic compounds in liquid-liquid
and liquid-solid systems, separation of oil-in water emulsions,
recovery of valuable substances from waste waters, liquid membrane
separation, extraction of botanicals.
Phone: (+359 2) 870 40 19;
979 32 81
Packed bed columns for absorption, distillation, and direct
heating. SO2 and NOx removal. Bioreactor with
semi fixed packing. Structured active carbon for use as adsorbent
and catalyst carrier.
Phone: (+359 2) 870 41 18
979 34 80
Laboratory "Chemical Reactors"
Mathematical simulation of chemical reactors as well as
kinetics and transfer processes in heterogeneous chemical
systems.Transfer processes in two- and three- phase catalytic
reactors. Mixing in two- and three- phase reactors and
bioreactors. Gas- liquid reaction design and selection for complex
Phone: (+359 2) 870 20 88;
979 32 79
Kinetics and transfer processes in bioreactors with free and
immobilised biocatalysts. Waste water treatment by biological
2) 870 41
(+359 2) 979
Analysis and synthesis of chemical technological systems
aiming their optimal design and control; chemical engineering
thermodynamics; non-linear heat- and mass-transfer.
(+359 2) 870 32 73
(+359 2) 979 32 80
Computer simulation and control of chemical
The Institute maintains
intensive relations with scientists from France, Germany, USA,
England, Belgium, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic,
China, Canada, etc. A large number of joint research projects have
been carried out, the results published in specialised journals and
books. Since 1993 the Institute is a member of the European
Federation of Chemical Engineering.
Several projects were financed by the European
Commission in the frames of the program COST: the information
networks PERTREX - Liquid Membranes and BIOPATH - Bioproducts from
agricultural raw materials: studies and technological developments
of conversion of hemicellulose. A project was approved and financed
by the programme COPERNICUS: "Calculation and choice of gas-liquid
reactors for fluids with reological complex
Scientists from the Institute
participate in European educational programme TEMPUS: CEEBUNET
(1992) and "Economy of Energy using Process Integration".
The staff of the Institute
participates in the training of students attending the chemical and
biochemical engineering courses at Universities and Higher schools
in Bulgaria (Sofia University « St.Kliment Ohridski », Technological
and Technical Universities in Sofia, Burgas, Higher School in
Razgrad etc.) and abroad (Japan, France, Germany). Scientific
degrees were conferred on many graduate and post-graduate students
of the institute.
Every three years the
Institute organises in cooperation with the Bulgarian Society of
Chemical Engineering the International Summer School of Chemical
Engineering, traditional scientific event for more than 20 years.
The last one was
on May 2004.
Review of Summer Schools