Faculty of Chemical Technologies

 

Dean: Prof. D.Sc. Eng. Sanchi Nenkova
phone: (+359 2) 81-63-169
E-mail: nenkova@uctm.edu

Deputy Dean: Prof. Dr. Eng. Radostin Nikolov
phone: (+359 2) 81-63-210
E-mail: r_nickolov@uctm.edu

 
Inspector: Zornitsa Georgieva
phone: (+359 2) 81-63-113|

 

 

Department of Organic Syntheses and Fuels

 

Head of Department: Prof. D.Sc. Eng. Vladimir Bojinov

phone: (+359 2) 81-63-206

E-mail: vlbojin@uctm.edu

The Department has two educational and research divisions, which for many years have been separate Departments: “Organic Syntheses” and “Fuel Technologies”. The first division has research and educational activities in the area of synthesis of organic compounds, applicable as biologically active compounds (pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, pesticides, vitamins, etc.), colored and luminescent monomers, polymers and dendrimers, photostabilizers, antioxidants, fragrances and detergents, as well as organic compounds for use in high technologies (molecular machines and devices, fluorescent sensors, biomarkers, liquid crystal displays) etc., while the second has its mission in “Natural and alternative gaseous and liquid fuels, and lubricants” and “Natural and alternative solid fuels, and novel carbon materials”. The two divisions are thus devoted to studies and education in energy resources and high technologies, which are among the research and educational priorities of Bulgaria, the EU and overseas.

BSc. students enter the Department at the beginning of the 6-th semester and are educated either in the module “Technology of organic synthesis” or in the module “Technology of oil, gas and solid fuels”. Students are included in the modules they select, depending on their marks, achieved in previous semesters. Since 2008/09 BSc students have been admitted after entry exams for the University directly at the Department to study either “Fine organic syntheses” or “Natural and alternative fuel technologies”.

Masters are educated, by the respective division, in “Fine organic syntheses”, or “Natural and synthetic fuels”. Since 2009/10, the “Fuel Technologies” division participates in the training of masters with the new major “Biofuels”. PhD students are trained in the fields in which the academic staff of the Department has scientific competence – “Technology of fine organic and biochemical synthesis”, “Pharmaceutical chemistry” and “Technology of natural and synthetic fuels”. All BSc., MSc. and PhD. study programs are accredited at national level by the highest score. The Department has 3 Professors (DSc.) teaching “Technology of fine organic and biochemical synthesis”, one Professor (DSc.) teaching “Pharmaceutical chemistry” and 6 Associate Professors (readers), with PhD degrees, teaching “Technology of natural and synthetic fuels”. There are also 5 teachers with PhD. degrees teaching in the three fields as Assistant Professors. Training is conducted in a total of 11 departmental laboratories.

 

Department of Inorganic and Electrochemical Productions

 

Head of Department: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Ludmil Fachikov

phone: (+359 2) 81-63-251, (+359 2) 868-11-20

E-mail: fachikov@uctm.edu

The Department of Inorganic and Electrochemical Productions belongs administratively to the Faculty of Chemical Technologies.The students trained at the Department have majors in Inorganic technologies and Electrochemical Technology and Corrosion Protection. The training of PhD. students is carried out in fields referring to the following scientific disciplines: “Technology of inorganic substances” (02.10.01), “Technology of electrochemical productions” (02.10.03) and “Chemical resistance of materials and corrosion protection “(02.10.15). Students are trained to perform production and technological, controlling and testing, design, organizational and managing work at companies in the field of chemical industry, power engineering, and agriculture. The areas of training refer to the production of: mineral acids, salts and fertilizers, ammonia; carbamide; soda products, catalysts, sorbents, pigments; accumulators; preparation of galvanic coatings; technologies for surface treatment of metals; corrosion protection, etc.

The teaching aims at developing the fundamental knowledge in the particular professional engineering and technological training.The technological aspects of the courses taught at the Department are focused at: the raw materials, the technological regimes and special features of the productions processes, as well as the properties, methods of control and application of the produced items, automation and control of technologies. Particular attention is paid to the issues of quality, environment protection and safety of technology and work.

According to the acquired degree the graduates can occupy operative executive positions in the industry (technologist, head of section); managerial positions (head of department, production manager, etc.); positions such as quality controllers at public and private companies, consultants and managers at commercial companies.

The Department conducts research in the following major fields: environment protection in inorganic production; use of biotechnologies in inorganic production; preparation of mixed fertilizers; new materials and coatings, including nanomaterials and thin films; testing the quality of inorganic products; new inorganic and electrochemical technologies; corrosion protection of materials; technology strategy formulation of chemical and electrochemical processes.

The educational and research work is performed by 5 habilitated lecturers in the field of Technology of Inorganic Substances, 1 habilitated lecturer in the field of Technology of Electrochemical Productions and 1 habilitated lecturer in the field of Chemical Resistance of Materials and Corrosion Protection.10 laboratories (6 in the field of electrochemistry and 4 in the field of inorganic technologies) are used at the Department.


 

Department of Pulp, Paper and Printing Arts

 

Head of Department:Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Tatiana Bozhkova

phone: (+359 2) 81-63-235

E-mail: mila.2005@abv.bg

Department of Pulp, Paper and Printing Arts was founded 55 years ago, immediately after the foundation of Higher Institute of Chemical Technology. During this period of time the Department strengthened its position as the only complex Bulgarian center for educational and research activities focused on the development of the pulp-paper and printing-art industries.

The Department is training students on BSc. and MSc. level with majors in Pulp, Paper and Packing and Printing Arts. Being in correspondence with the current world-wide tendencies the first students at MSc. level with major in Biofuels were enrolled in 2009. The work in this field will affect the educational work of the academic staff. The accreditation of the majors at the first two levels as well as that connected with PhD. theses development was successful. Eight PhD. students are working at present.

The academic staff is highly qualified. It has been joined by new young members, which ensures the continuity required and is a basis for successful development in the future. At present one Professor, three Associate Professors, one Lecturer in a habilitation procedure and five Assistant Professors are working at the Department. Another five already retired colleagues have part-time educational and research activities.

The investigations carried out at the Department of Pulp, Paper and Printing Arts are mainly in the field of: wood polymer composites; chemical and enzymes conversion of lignocellulosic materials to sugars for bioethanol; pulping and bleaching processes; environment protection in pulp and paper industry; chemical technology of papermaking; optimization of prepress, conventional and digital printing processes; colour management systems in printing industry;

The Department is well known abroad for its prestige. Staff members contribute to the successful development of contracts with corresponding Departments at КТН Stockholm - Sweden, TU Dresden - Germany, the University of Applied Sciences in Wildau - Germany, the Moscow State University of Printing Arts and the Forest Technical Academy in St. Petersburg. Joint diploma projects are developed within Erasmus Program with research groups in Dresden, Magdeburg and Berlin. Perspective are the relations with the colleagues from Romania and Serbia. The investigations at the Department connected with application of enzyme products are carried out in collaboration with Novozymes A/S Denmark.

The Department has 11 specialized laboratories for pursuing its educational and research aims.

 

Department of Polymer Engineering

 

Head of Department: Prof. D.Sc. Eng. Nicholai Dishovski

тел.: (+359 2) 81-63-221

E-mail: dishov@uctm.edu

The Department of Polymer Engineering at the Faculty of Chemical Technologies is the only one in Bulgaria which teaches students with majors in Polymer Engineering (with two optional modules: Natural and synthetic elastomers and Engineering design and polymer synthesis) and Material Science (optional module Polymer materials). The BSc. majors are: Polymer Engineering, Polymer Materials, Elastic Net Polymers. The MSc. majors are: Chemistry of High Molecular Compounds, Technology of Rubber and Tire, Technology and Processing of Plastics, Chemical Technology of Varnishes, Dyes and Adhesives. PhD. theses are developed in the field of technology of composite materials.

The educational goal is to obtain fundamental and applied knowledge in the area of synthesis, processing and application of polymer materials. Two Full Professors (D.Sc.), 4 Associate Professors (PhD.) and 4 Assistant Professors (PhD.) have tenure positions at the Department. 2 labs of production (industrial) equipment, 2 test laboratories and 2 laboratories for polymer synthesis are furnished for the educational and research activities carried out.

The scientific research at the Department is related to the synthesis, modification and application of polymer materials to different areas of engineering and technologies, medicine, construction, electronics, etc. The competence of the training staff is in the area of the corresponding research and teaching activity.


 

Department of Textile and Leather

Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Eng. Rosica Becheva

phone: (+359 2) 81-63-263

E-mail: betcheva@uctm.edu

The Department of Textile and Leather at the UCTM is the only center in Bulgaria where training in this field can be carried out. Teaching is aimed at obtaining theoretical knowledge on fibers’ structure and properties and the processes of their production. Very important are the technologies of textile material finishing – traditional and innovative technologies, biotechnologies.

The educational objectives can be defined as preparing highly qualified chemical engineers who be employed as managers of state or private enterprises, firms, organizations; they can also work in laboratories or control the quality of production, environment, investment; they can work in design and construction companies, in companies trading with products, materials and resources for textile industry.

Training of PhD. students has the goal to extend their knowledge with regard to their professional and practical skills after graduating as Masters; to provide them with a system of solid fundamental and specialized knowledge at state of the art level, to make them specialists able to solve professionally any scientific or industrial problem.

The educational and research activities at the Department are carried out by 1 Professor (PhD.) , 4 Associate Professors (PhD.), 2 Assistant Professors (PhD.) and 1 Assistant Professor, all with tenure positions. Three Associate Professors with extended labor contracts are also working at the Department. The students are trained in the field of textile chemistry technology (production of chemical fibers and textile finishing). The major at BSc. level is “Textile chemistry and technology” while the major at MSc. level is “Textile chemistry”. PhD. theses are developed in the field of “Chemical Technology of fiber materials”.

The main areas of scientific research of the Department’s team during the last years are as follows: modification and elaboration of royan production; transformation of royan production into ecological one; improvement of royan fibers characteristics; specific solutions in the area of textile technological processes connected with the environmental sustainable development; teaching and introduction to textile finishing of innovating technologies, including obtaining of intelligent textile and biotechnologies; giving new properties to the textile materials using the means and methods of special finishing, obtaining multifunctional textile ensuring protection of human health.

The research is an integral part of the educational process. It is carried out with the active participation of students, PhD. and post – graduate students. Their participation is realized through work on their diploma projects, participation at UCTM youth conferences, investigations connected with the current research projects at the Department.

Students’ trained in the field of LEATHER technology have majors at BSc. level in Leather Technology and Leather Goods and at MSc. level in Leather and Leather Goods. The PhD. theses are in the field of “Technology of leather and fur goods and tanning materials” and “Technology of shoes industry”. The training is aimed at getting theoretical knowledge and practical abilities for traditional, innovative and bio-technologies in leather and fur production, as well as these in shoes and haberdashery and garment productions. The objectives are to educate highly qualified chemical engineers who can be managers of state or private enterprises, firms, organizations, who can work in laboratories or can control the quality of production, assessment and environmental impact, i.e. a wide range of activities.

The scientific research is aimed at (i) the investigation of the possibilities of limiting the quantities of some salts during pre-tanning and tanning processes, so called “clean technologies”. Also, attempts are made for effective application of enzyme materials in the production technologies; investigations are carried out in the area of non-chrome tanning to obtain new materials for tanning which meet the high ecological requirements; (ii) creation of methods for collagen extraction from different animal wastes using phosphoric acid hydrolysis; (iii) obtaining of hybrid materials for medical purposes; (iv) use of animal fat as raw material for biodiesel; (v) recycling of polyurethane and polyethylene terephtalate wastes and their utilization as materials for shoes production.

The investigations carried out are essential part of the staff’s activities. Students, PhD. and post – graduate students are involved in the working teams - 8 projects were realized at the Department with the participation of 8 students during the period from 2007 to 2009. Eight masters have graduated and 5 PhD. theses were defended during the same period of time.

The Department has two laboratories for carrying out educational and research activities. There are an accredited Testing Laboratory of Textile and Dyes and a Laboratory for Fur Production as well.

 

Department of Fundamentals of Chemical Technology

 

Head of Department: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. L. Radev

phone: (+359 2) 81-63-282

The Department of Fundamentals of Chemical Technology at the Faculty of Chemical Technologies provides the training in fundamentals of chemical technology and metallurgy of students with majors in Organic Chemical Technologies, Inorganic Chemical Technologies, Automation and Control, Industrial Management, Ecology. The corresponding lecture courses are “Fundamentals of chemical technology and metallurgy”. The course “Chemical process technology” is read to students at BSc. level with major in Chemical Engineering. The courses “Organic chemical processes technology” and “Inorganic chemical processes technology” are read to students at MSc. level with major in Industrial Chemistry. Staff members are engaged in presenting the lecture course “Industrial safety” to students with majors in Organic Chemical Technologies, Inorganic Chemical Technologies, Biotechnologies, Automation and Control, Industrial Management, Materials Science, Metallurgy. The Department provides training of students at MSc. level with major in Industrial Safety and Protection against Calamities and Accidents. The objective is to train qualified specialists in safety who can carry out an effective and high-level control with regard to industrial safety at enterprises and companies as well as safe and healthy working conditions. Members of the staff read the course “Ecological monitoring – part I” to students with major in Engineering Ecology and Environmental Protection. PhD. students are trained in the field of “Techniques of labor safety and fire-precautions”.

The teaching staff includes four Associate Professors and five Assistant Professors. Two chemical engineers and one technician are also working at the Department. There are eight laboratories including one provided with computerized facilities for simulation of industrial failures.

The research activities of the Department are in the field of oxidation-reduction processes in organic synthesis as well as chemical and electrochemical methods for environmental protection.