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Group of nano-structured materials, interfaces and surface science

Group Members:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. George Tzvetkov
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgi Yordanov
Assist. Prof. Marco Kostadinov
PhD student: 1

Surfaces are the outer boundary of any condensed material. They dominate the interaction with the environment and play a decisive role in numerous natural and technological processes, ranging from heterogeneous catalysis, sensor technology and nanotechnology to advanced functional materials. A major interest of the group is exploring molecular interactions at surfaces and interfaces associated with the formation, function and degradation of materials structures, devices, delivery vehicles and nanomedicine. We target a thorough understanding of various physical and chemical processes on an atomic level by means of modern electron and X-ray analytical methods.

Recent References:

1.B.Graf-Zeiler, R.H. Fink and G. Tzvetkov, In-situ synchrotron radiation X-ray microspectroscopy of polymer              microcontainers, ChemPhysChem 12 (2011) 3503-3509.

  1. G.Tzvetkov, G. Koller, F.P. Netzer, Interactions between glycine and amorphous solid water nanoscale films, Surface Science 606 (2012) 1879-1885.
  2. C.Hub, M. Burkhardt, M. Halik, G. Tzvetkov, R. Fink, In-situ STXM investigations of pentacene-based OFETs during operation, J. Mater. Chem. 20 (2010) 4884-4887=
  3. G.Yordanov, R. Skrobanska, A. Evangelatov, “Entrapment of epirubicin in poly(butyl cyanoacrylate) colloidal nanospheres by nanoprecipitation: Formulation development and in vitro studies on cancer cell lines”, Colloids Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 92 (2012) 98-105.
  4. G.Yordanov, R. Skrobanska, A. Evangelatov, “Colloidal formulations of etoposide based on poly(butyl cyanoacrylate) nanoparticles: preparation, physicochemical properties and cytotoxicity”, Colloids Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 101 (2013) 215-222.