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Rumiana Kotsilkova

Position: Professor, D.Sc.

Head of OLEM

Department: Fluid Mechanics


Open Laboratory of Experimental Micro and Nano Mechanics (OLEM)

Room number: 405 at Block 4

Phone: +359 2 979 6462





Scientific degrees, institution, year:

  • Professor, BAS, 2007

  • Doctor of Sciences, BAS, 2005

  • Invited Professor at Yamagata University, Venture Business Laboratiry, Yonesawa, Japan, 2003

  • Visiting Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute, JSPS Fellowship, Nagoya, Japan, 1997

  • Associate Professor, BAS, 1992

  • Post Doc. Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany, 1988-1990

  • PhD, BAS, 1983

Fields of Research:


Polymer nanocomposites design and characterization. Nanoparticles of graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanoclays, noble metals and metal oxides incorporated in polymers for engineering applications. Rheological control on nanocomposite technology. Processing-structure-properties relationships. Interfacial and size phenomena. Physical and mechanical properties of nanocomposites.

Characterization of polymer nanomaterials: Rheology of nanodispersions. Structure and morphology. Nano-, micro and macromechanics. Tribology. Nanoindentation integrating inline AFM scan.

Material sciences. Nanotechnology. Polymeric materials technology and engineering. Industrial and production technologies. Reinforced polymers and composites. Materials for engineering applications.

Extended Information



Recent Publications:

Books and Chapters:

1. E. Ivanov, R. Kotsilkova. Ch. 17: Reinforcement Effects of Carbon Nanotubes in Polypropylene: Rheology, Structure, Thermal Stability, and Nano, Micro and Macromechanical Properties. Handbook of Nanoceramic and Nanocomposite Coatings and Materials. (Eds. A. Makhlouf, D. Scharnweber) Elsevier2015, 357-388,

2. Kotsilkova R, Ivanov E, Krusteva E, Silvestre C, Cimmino S, Duraccio D. Evolution of rheology, structure and properties around the rheological flocculation and percolation thresholds in polymer nanocomposites. In: “Ecosustainable Polymer Nanomaterials for Food Packaging” (Silvestre C, Cimmino S, Eds), Taylor & Francis Books, Inc., Ch.3  (2013)pp. 55-86, ISBN: 978-90-04-20737-0.

3. Kotsilkova R, E. Ivanov, E. Krusteva. Polymer Nanocomposites of Epoxy Resin and Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes: Processing-Structure-Properties Relationships. In:  Mechanics of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology (Eds. V. Kavardzhikov, L.  Parashkevova, A. Baltov), Sci. Series,  Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Part II, Ch.1  (2012), 51-90,  ISSN: 1314-3034.

4. Ivanov E, I. Borovanska, B. Milosheva, R. Kotsilkova. Experimental Nano and Micro Mechanics of Nanostructured Materials. In: Mechanics of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology  (Eds. V. Kavardzhikov, L. Parashkevova, A. Baltov), Sci. Series, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Part IV, Ch.3 (2012), 287-326,  ISSN: 1314-3034.

5. R Kotsilkova. Thermoset nanocomposites for engineering applications, Smithers Rapra Publishing, 2007, pp. 1-326, ISBN: 978-1-84735-063-3

Publications and conference communications:

More than 100 publications and reports on polymer nanocomposite materials.

Citations: 721; h-index: 13 ; i10-index: 15


Coordination of EU Projects

1. H2020-Graphene Core 1 “Graphene-based disruptive technologies” (2016-2018)

2. FP7-ICT-Graphene FET Flagship “Graphene-Based Revolutions in ICT and Beyond” (2014-2016).

3. Nano-XCT (FP7-NMP) "Compact X-ray computed tomography system for non destructive characterization of nano materials" (01.05. 2012-2015)

4. BY-NanoERA - (FP7-INCO) "Industrial developments of applied nanoelecronics", (01.11.2010- 30.10.2013)

5. Napolynet (FP7- NMP) "Setting up research ­intensive clusters across the EU on characterization of polymer

nanostructures" (01.04.2008-31.03.2011г)

6. EC-FP7-NMP1-TeAm “Improving the Services of the NMP-NCP Network Trough Trans-national Activities”

(01.04.2009 - 30.09. 2011).

7. Industrial Project with Huntsman Polyurethanes, Belgium "Rheology of Nanoclay Dispersions" (2011-2013)


Coordination of national projects

1. OЛEM (DO-02-52) "Set up of Open Laboratory on experimental micro and nanomechanics of materials" -

Research Infrastructure project, supported by Science Fund of Bulgaria (2009-2011)

2. Multifunctional polymer nanocompositeS with CNTs and alumina for engineering applications. Bilateral projects BAS-CNR, Italy (2007-2009)

3. New approach for design of polymer nanocomposites reinforced with CNTs. Bilateral projects BAS-CNR, Italy (2010-2012

4. Structure and nanomechanics of nanoreinforced polymer composites. Bilateral projects BAS-CNR, Italy (2013-2015).



Humboldt Club, Bulgaria


JSPS, Japan grant (1997)

Alexander von Humboldt, Germany grant (1988-2000)

Donation of rheology equipment from Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (1990, 2003)


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