scientific staff
former members

Scientific fields:
Mineralogy - оre, silicate and environmental
Metallogeny, mineral-forming processes
Crystal growth and dissolution
Fluid inclusion studies

Scientific equipment:
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,
Geological Institute,
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:
- Mineralogical databases:

Rruff project

- Societies:

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
- Journals
Geochemistry, Mneralogy, Petrology
American Mineralogist
Canadian Mineralogist
European Journal of Mineralogy
Mineralium Deposita
Economic Geology

Forthcoming events:
21st General Meeting of International Mineralogical Association (IMA2014), 1 - 5 September, 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

20th Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association (CBGA), 2014, 24 - 26 September, Tirana, Albania

EUROCLAY 2015, 5 - 10 July, 2015, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Goldschmidt 2015, 16 - 21 August, 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

29th Meeting of Crystallographic Association (ECM29), 23 - 28 August, 2015, Rovinj, Croatia

SGA 2015, 24 - 27 August, 2015, Nancy, France

8th European Conference on Mineralogy and Spectroscopy (ECMS 2015), 9 - 11 September, 2015, Rome, Italy

Goldschmidt 2016, 26 June - 1 July, 2016, Yokohama, Japan

35th International Geological Congress, 27 August - 4 September, 2016,Cape Town, South Africa

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.

Last modified: 01-Aug-2014
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