Mineralogy - оre, silicate and environmental
Metallogeny, mineral-forming processes
Crystal growth and dissolution
Fluid inclusion studies
JEOL-SUPERPROBE 733 SEM and microprobe ORTEC System 5000
X-ray diffractometer TUR M-61 with Buerger precession goniometer
X-ray powder diffraction camera, Huber Guinier Image foil G670
Freezing-heating stage Chaixmeca (from -180 to +600°C)
LA-ICP-MS (PerkinElmer Elan DRC-e and New Wave UP193FX)
Consultations and Services:
Mineral diagnostics, mineral exploration, environmental assessment of mining waste
Department of Mineral Resources,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
Acad. Georgi Bonchev Str., bl. 24
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: (+359 2) 979 22 44
Fax: (+359 2) 72 46 38
Useful links to:
International Mineralogical Association
Bulgarian Geological Society
Bulgarian Mineralogical Society
Mineralogical Society of America
Mineralogical Association of Canada
The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits
Society of Economic Geologists
Geochemistry, Mneralogy, Petrology
European Journal of Mineralogy
EUROCLAY 2011, 26 June - 1 July, 2011, Antalya, Turkey
EMU School - Bulk and surface structures of layer silicates and oxides: Theoretical aspects and applications, 10 - 20 July, 2011, Rome, Italy
ICAM 2011, 1 - 5 August, 2011, Trondheim, Norway
Goldschmidt 2011, 14 - 19 August, 2011, Prague, Czech Republic
XXII Congress of the International Union of Crystallography, 22 - 29 August, 2011, Madrid, Spain
SGA 2011, 26 - 29 September, 2011, Antofagasta, Chile
NCS2011, 3 - 5 October, 2011, Sofia, Bulgaria
New minerals established in Bulgaria
Manganilvaite – CaFe2+Fe3+(Mn, Fe2+)(Si2O7)O(OH)
Approved by IMA-CNMMN 16-2002 (I. Bonev et al., 2005) in Madan region, Central Rhodopes, Bulgaria
Strashimirite - Cu8(AsO4)4(OH)4·5(H2O), named in honour of Prof. Strashimir Dimitrov, patron of the Geological Institute. Established by Jordanka Mincheva-Stephanova (1968) in Zapachitsa, West Balkan Mountain.
Sample: Schwarzleo district, Austria.
Photo Copyright © Leon Hupperichs
Hemusite - Cu6SnMoS8 (black spots on the photograph). Named after the ancient name of the Balkan Mountain. Established by Georgi Terziev (1971) in Chelopech, Central Balkan mountain, Bulgaria.
Sample: Kawazu mine, Japan.
Photo courtesy of Tom Loomis.
Kostovite – (Cu, Ag)AuTe4, named in honour of acad. Ivan Kostov. Established by Georgi Terziev (1966) in Chelopech, Central Balkan mountain, Bulgaria.