Institute of Catalysis - BAS

Silvia Todorova, Associate Professor, PhD
+359 87 9888069
Type of the organization / person: R&D

The Institute of Catalysis (IC) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) was established on 01.04.1983, based on the Laboratory “Kinetics and Catalysis”, which began its activities as early as 1963

Activities of the institute:

  • Theory and practice of catalysis;
  • Elaboration of new catalysts;
  • Development of new catalytic processes;
  • Investigation of the kinetics and mechanism of catalytic processes;
  • Creation of models of catalytic processes and elementary acts;
  • Research and development of technologies for catalyst manufactures;
  • Coordination of the research activities in the field of catalysis in Bulgaria;
  • During the period 1999−2006, the activities of the institute were synchronized with the research priorities of the European Union:
  • New catalytic materials and nanosized catalysts;
  • Catalytic processes for clean energy production and for environmental protection;
  • Molecular catalysis and EPR spectroscopy;
  • Heterogeneous catalysis;
  • Catalytic nanomaterials;
  • Selection of catalysts – theory and practice;
  • Physical chemistry of the surfaces;
  • Mechanisms of catalytic reactions;
  • Kinetics of catalytic reactions;
  • Quantum chemistry in catalysis;
  • Deactivation of catalysts;
  • Catalysis for environmental protection;
  • Photocatalysis;
  • Catalytic nanomaterials for the fine organic chemicals;
  • Catalysis in the petroleum chemistry;
  • Catalysis in nitrogen fertilizers industry;
  • Industrial catalysts and adsorbents;
  • Homogeneous catalysts;
  • Characterization of catalysts;
  • Chemical stabilization;
  • Chemistry of ozone reactions;
  • Tribochemical activation.

The institute has at its disposal XPS, XRD, EPR, NMR, Moessbauer, FTIR, UV-visible spectroscopy, kinetic apparatuses for measurements under steady-state and non-steady-state conditions, automated laboratory reactor for the synthesis of catalysts, differential scanning calorimeters, apparatus for temperature programmed reduction, desorption and oxidation, gas chromatographs, apparatus for adsorption measurements, ozone titration device, computer work station and computer network, connected to the Internet.

Key clients and/or partners



Research and development