Институт по минералогия и кристалография
"Акад. Иван Костов"



Проф. д-р Михаил Тарасов

Professor Mihail Tarassov, PhD

Институт по минералогия и кристалография "Акад. Иван Костов" - Българска академия на науките
Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography "Acad. Ivan Kostov" - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Place of birth: Magadan region, Russia
Date of birth: 1960
Nationality: Bulgarian (ethnic Russian)


1977-1983 – High Education (Geochemistry, Environmental Protection), Saint-Petersburg (Leningrad) State University, Saint-Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia; 

2001 – PhD degree “Mineralogy and Crystallography”; Central Laboratory of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria; Thesis title: „Alteration of scheelite and formation of secondary tungsten and tungsten-iron minerals under supergene conditions “


2018 - currently, Professor, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Acad. Ivan Kostov ", Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMC-BAS)


- indicative properties of minerals; REE-Th-U accessory minerals; Nb-Ta-Ti-U-REE minerals; W-Fe minerals and mineral and organic carriers of W and Fe in ores, soils and sediments; structural mechanisms of phase transformations; weathering processes; 

- sol-gel processes, nanoprocesses and nanomaterials; 

- archaeomineralogy; 

- electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and electron probe microanalysis


Bulgarian Geological Society (BGS) – President since 2023 

Bulgarian Crystallographic Society (BCS)

European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)


1. Tarassov, M., N. Lihareva, E. Tarassova, E. Tacheva, M. Stavrev. 2023. Fractionation of W in the topsoil of a meadow soil above the oxidation zone of the W deposit: results of sequential extraction and LA-ICP-MS analysis of soil from the Grantcharitsa deposit, Bulgaria. - Review of the Bulgarian Geological Society, 84, 3, 257–260; https://doi.org/10.52215/rev.bgs.2023.84.3.257

2. Tarassov, M., Tarassova, E., M. Stavrev, E. Tacheva. 2022. Distribution and origin of columbite and (Y,REE,U,Th)-(Nb,Ta,Ti) oxide minerals in alluvial soils and river sediments in the area of the Grantcharitsa tungsten deposit, Western Rhodopes, Bulgaria. – Review of the Bulgarian Geological Society, 83, 3, 43-46, ISSN:0007-3938, https://doi.org/10.52215/rev.bgs.2022.83.3.43  

3. Benderev, A., M. Trayanova, M. Tarassov, E. Tarassova. 2022. Conditions and processes of precipitation of iron compounds upon discharge of high-mineralized artesian water from artesian borehole R-30, Staro Oryahovo, Bulgaria.. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 44, 7, 2235-2251, Springer, 2022, ISSN:1573-2983 (electronic), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10653-021-01107-6 

4. Ferdov, S., B. Shivachev, R. Titorenkova, N. Petrova, M. Tarassov, R. Nikolova. 2022. Indium silicate with an imandrite-type structure. - RSC ADVANCES 12, 12531-12536 (Q1); https://doi.org/10.1039/d2ra00864e   

5. Tarassov, М., E. Tarassova, M. Stavrev, A. Benderev, E. Tacheva. 2021. Modes of occurrence of tungsten in alluvial soils and river sediments in the area of the Grantcharitsa tungsten deposit, Western Rhodopes, Bulgaria. - Review of the Bulgarian Geological Society, 82, 3, 31-33 ISSN:0007-3938, https://doi.org/10.52215/rev.bgs.2021.82.3.31    

6. Tarassov, M., E. Tarassova, R. Nikolova, R. Titorenkova, К. Chapevov, Zh. Janakieva. 2020. Libethenite from the Sarneshko kladenche copper-polymetallic deposit, Eastern Srednogorie, Bulgaria. -  Comp. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 73, 12, 1703-1710 (ISSN 1310-1331) https://doi.org/10.7546/CRABS.2020.12.10 

7. Tarassov, M.P., E.D. Tarassova. 2018. Structural and chemical evolution of mineral forms of tungsten in the oxidation zone of the Grantcharitza deposit (Western Rhodopes, Bulgaria). - Bul. Chem. Commun., Volume 50, Special Issue J, pp. 270–280. 

8. Tarassov, M., E. Anastasova, E. Tarassova. 2017. Electron backscatter diffraction study of partially altered monazite from the Igralishte pluton (SW Bulgaria). - Comp. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 70, 10, 1421-1428, (ISSN 1310-1331)

9. Kreissl, S., R. Bolanz, J. Göttlicher, R. Steininger, M. Tarassov, and G. Markl. 2016.  Structural  incorporation of W6+ into hematite and goethite: a combined study of natural and synthetic iron oxides developed from precursor ferrihydrite. - American Mineralogist, 101, 12, 2701–2715; https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2016-5690  

10. Lyalina, L.M., D.R. Zozulya, Ye.E. Savchenko, M.P. Tarasov, E.A. Selivanova, E. Tarasova. Fluorbritholite-(Y) and Yttrialite-(Y) from Silexites of the Keivy Alkali Granites, Kola Peninsula. 2014. – Geology of Ore Deposits, 56, 7, 589-602; https://doi.org/10.1134/S1075701514070095  .

11. Tarassov, M., E. Tarassova, E. Tacheva, I. Peytcheva, R. Nedialkov. 2013. Contrasting response of accessory ilmenite and magnetite to magma mixing and postmagmatic alteration in Petrohan pluton, Western Balkan, Bulgaria. – Comp. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 66, 8, 1151-1158 (ISSN 1310-1331).

12. Tarassova, E., M. Tarassov. 2012. First finds of pyrophanite and ferroan pyrophanite in Bulgaria as accessory minerals in the UpperCretaceous Granitovo-Chernozem pluton. - Comp. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 64, 1, 67-74 (ISSN 1310-1331)

13. Ivanova, L., C. Popov, I. Kolev, B. Shivachev, J. Karadjov, M. Tarassov, J.P. Reithmaier, M.D. Apostolova. 2011. Nanocrystalline diamond containing hydrogels and coatings for acceleration of osteogenesis - Diamond and Related Materials, 20, 165-169, ISSN 0925-9635; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diamond.2010.11.020 

14. Peytcheva, I., A. von Quadt, M. Tarassov, N. Zidarov, E. Tarassova, V. Andreichev. 2009. Timing and magma sources of Igralishte pluton in Ograzhden Mountain, SW Bulgaria: implications for the Permian-Triassic tectono-magmatic evolution of the region. - Geologica Balcanica, 38, 1-3, 5-14 ISSN: 0324-0894; https://doi.org/10.52321/GeolBalc.38.1-3.5  

15. Zidarov, N., O. Petrov, M. Tarassov, Zhl. Damyanov, E. Tarassova, V. Petkova, Y. Kalvachev, Zl. Zlatev. 2009. Mn-rich norsethite from Kremikovtsi ore deposit. -  N. J. fur Miner. Mh, 186, 3, 321-331; https://doi.org/10.1127/0077-7757/2009/0152 . 

16. Kostov-Kytin, V., B. Mihailova, Y. Kalvachev, M. Tarassov. 2005. Atomic arrangement in amorphous sodium titanosilicate precursor powders. – Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 86, 223-230

17. Tarassov, M.P., E.D. Tarassova, L.L. Konstantinov. 2004. Sol-gel preparation and characterization of amorphous and crystalline WO3.xFe2O3.nH2O phases. – Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, 4, 92-94. 

18. Tarassov, M., B. Mihailova, E. Tarassova, L. Konstantinov. 2002. Chemical composition and vibrational spectra of tungsten-bearing goethite and hematite from Western Rhodopes, Bulgaria. – European Journal of Mineralogy, 14, 977-986; https://doi.org/10.1127/0935-1221/2002/0014-0977 . 

19. Zidarov, N., J. Muchovki, M. Marinov, M. Tarassov, N. Zotov, N. 2001. Ion-mass transport in anhydrous basaltic melts in an electric field. – Chemical Geology, 174, 51-61.

20. Tarassov, M.P., N. Khaltakova. 1999. Acid Alteration of Scheelite: II. Using a Fundamental Building Blocks Approach to Conversion of Scheelite to WO3.1/3H2O. - Comp. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 52, 1-2, 61-64.

21. Tarassov, M.P., V. Dimov, N. Khaltakova. 1998. Acid Alteration of Scheelite: I. TEM Study of the Conversion of Scheelite to WO3.1/3H2O. - Comp. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 51, 11-12, 65-69, ISSN 1310-1331

22. Podolesheva, I., V. Platikanova, I. Konstantinov, V. Dimov, M. Tarassov. 1998. Thermally induced processes in thin layers obtained by coevaporation of TeO2 and Sn. - J. Vac. Sci. Technol., A16, 4, 2608-2613.

23. Vassilev, S.V., G.M. Eskenazy, M.P. Tarassov, V.I. Dimov. 1995. Mineralogy and geochemistry of a vitrain lense with high trace element content from the Vulche Pole coal deposit. - Geologica Balkanica, 25, 3-4, 111-124

24. Tarassov, M.P., M.S. Marinov, L.L. Konstantinov, N.S. Zotov. 1994. Raman spectroscopy of ferritungstite: experimental and model spectra. - Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 21, 1/2, 63-66, ISSN: 0342-1791; https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00205216 

25. Zotov, N.S, M.P. Tarassov. 1993. X-ray diffraction study of amorphous iron-containing tungsten oxide gels: radial distribution function analysis. - Material Sciences Forum, Vol. 133-136, 945-950; https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.133-136.945 

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