Rostislaw Kaischew Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC) is founded in 1958 to carry out fundamental and applied scientific research in the field of physical chemistry. The Institute publishes more than 3000 scientific publications and more than 100 patents. The Institute publishes last five years about 420 publications in high-ranked journals as well as more than 25 monographs issued by renowned international scientific publishers. For the same period the papers of the Institute are cited in the scientific literature more than 8500 times.
IPC has 90 co-workers including 8 full professors, 17 associate professors and 14 research officers with PhD degree.
Recently, the Institute of Physical chemistry belongs to the research fields Nanosciences, New Materials and Technologies of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the research investigations of IPC address three main thematic areas:
Since 2005, Institute of Physical Chemistry is distinguished as a Center of excellence in the field of Nanoscale phenomena and nanostructures in bulk and surface phases.
IPC implements projects supported by VI and VIIth European Framework Programs, COST, NATO, national and foreign companies. The scientific investigations of IPC are completed in close collaboration with scientists and academic institutions worldwide.
With Decision № 692/21.09.2010 of Council of Ministers of Bulgaria Institute of Physical Chemistry is coordinator of a unique scientific infrastructure in the field of materials science (INFRAMAT) that belongs to the National roadmap of research infrastructures. INFRAMAT is intended to support investigations of advanced materials with applications in industry, bio-medicine and environmental protection (Module I) and investigations, diagnostics, restoration and preservation of artefacts from metals (Module II). INFRAMAT associates laboratories and equipments from 15 academic institutions, 4 universities and a national museum. (http://www.ipc.bas.bg/INFRAMAT/index.htm)
IPC is a coordinator of 2 consecutive projects, worked on in co-operation with UTCM, based on Human Resource Development Operational program, that aim to support the development of PhD students and young scientists in the area of material science, including the creation of new materials. Recently, IPC is working on a project "High-tech laboratory for specialized X-ray methods and tomography for the development of friendly environment and energy saving technologies, associated with health" by the program BG161PO003-1.2.04- „Development of applied studies of the research organizations in Bulgaria” financed by "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy” operational programme.
Institute of Physical Chemistry has a long and successful history of the collaboration with bulgarian and international partners in the field of metallurgy, oil industry, medicine and recently with a producers of advanced sensors as- Schering, Atotech, Umicore, Valtzen Fabric, Galvanotechnik, Robotron, AME Electroplating (Germany), Shell and Shell-gas (The Netherlands), Fidelity (USA), Framatom (France), Meltex (Japan), Alecos Chemicals, PMD-Group (The Great Britain).
The recent projects of IPC are with Umicore Galvanotechnik (Germany), Chiesi Pharmaceutics (Italy), CEST (Austria), Sensor Nite Industrial, Ideal-Standard, Opticoelectron, Galvanopraktik (Bulgaria).