Институт по минералогия и кристалография
"Акад. Иван Костов"



Доц. д-р Катерина Захариева

Associate Professor Katerina Zaharieva, 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: Sofia

Date of birth: 1978 

Nationality: Bulgarian


2002 Higher education, Sofia University, “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Chemistry, Master’s degree, Chemist

2010 – PhD


2021 - currently, Associate Professor, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Acad. Ivan Kostov ", Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMC-BAS)

2011 – 2021, Assistant Professor, Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IC-BAS) 


synthesis of oxide nanomaterials, mechanochemical activation, photocatalysis


1. K. Zaharieva, V. Rives, M. Tsvetkov, Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, B. Kunev, R. Trujillano, I. Mitov, M. Milanova, “Preparation, characterization and application of nanosized copper ferrite photocatalysts for dye degradation under UV irradiation”, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 160 (2015) 271–278.

2. K. Zaharieva, K. Milenova, V. Rives, R. Trujillano, Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, A. Eliyas, M. Tsvetkov, B. Kunev, I. Mitov, “Mixed cobalt-copper ferrite-type materials: synthesis and photocatalytic efficiency in degradation of Reactive Black 5 dye under UV-light irradiation”, Bulgarian Chemical Communications, 47 (C) (2015) 105–111.

3. S. Dimova, K. Zaharieva, Ch. Jossifov, Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, I. Mitov, “Metathesis of phenylalkynes and aldehyde by nanodimensional ferrite catalyst ”, Journal of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, 48 (1) (2013) 28-34. 

4. Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, K. Zaharieva, K. Buchkov, B. Blagoev, I. Mitov, “Effect of mechanochemical treatment on magnetic properties of nanodimensional magnetite-type materials”, Acta Physica Polonica A, 126 (4) (2014) 912-915.

5. K. Zaharieva, K. Milenova, Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, B. Kunev, S. Dimova, I. Mitov, “Physicochemical and photocatalytic investigations of mechanochemically treated TiO2-ZnO composites”, Journal of International Scientific Publications: Materials, Methods & Technologies, 8 (2014) 250-258. 

6. Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, K. Zaharieva, I. Ivanov, V. Idakiev, I. Mitov, “Synthesis of Improved Catalytic Materials for High-Temperature Water-gas Shift Reaction”, Croatica Chemica Acta, 88 ( 4) (2015) 475–480.

7. K. Zaharieva, K. Milenova, Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, S. Dimova, B. Kunev, A. Eliyas, I. Mitov, I. Stambolova, V. Blaskov, “Effect of the duration of mechanochemical treatment on the photocatalytic activity under UV light irradiation of nano-sized zinc oxide synthesized by precipitation”, Bulgarian Chemical Communications, 47 (1) (2015) 342-347. 

8. M. Tsvetkov, K. Zaharieva, Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, M. Milanova, I. Mitov, “Photocatalytic activity of nanostructure zinc ferrite–type catalysts in degradation of malachite green under UV-light”, Bulgarian Chemical Communications, 47 (1) (2015) 354-359.  

9. K. Zaharieva, Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, B. Kunev, I. Mitov, “High-energy ball milling and physicochemical study of nanodimensional magnesium ferrites”, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 15 (Eds. E. Balabanova, E. Mileva), 15 (1) (2015) 33-36. 

10. Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, K. Zaharieva, M. Tsvetkov, V. Petkova, M. Milanova, I. Mitov, “Impact of preparation method and chemical composition on physicochemical and photocatalytic properties of nanodimensional magnetite-type materials”, American Mineralogist, 100, (2015) 1257–1264.

11. N. Kaneva, A. Bojinova, K. Papazova, D. Dimitrov, K. Zaharieva, Z. Cherkezova-Zheleva, "Effect of thermal and mechano-chemical activation on the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO for drugs degradation", Archives of Pharmacal Research, 39 (10) (2016) 1418-1425.

12. K. Milenova, K. Zaharieva, I. Stambolova, V. Blaskov, A. Eliyas, L. Dimitrov, “Photocatalytic performance of TiO2, CeO2, ZnO and TiO2-CeO2-ZnO in the course of Methyl Orange dye degradation”, Journal of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, 52 (1) (2017) 13-19.

13. K. Milenova, K. Zaharieva, S. Vassilev, S. Dimova, I. Stambolova, V. Blaskov, “Synthesis and investigation of composite photocatalysts on the base of nickel and zinc oxides”, Bulgarian Chemical Communications, 50 (H) (2018) 130-134.     

14. K. Zaharieva, K. Milenova, S. Vassilev, S. Dimova, I. Stambolova, V. Blaskov, “Photocatalytic behaviour of NiMnO3/Mn2O3 materials for degradation of Malachite Green and Methylene Blue dyes under UV irradiation”, Bulgarian Chemical Communications, 50 (H) (2018) 135-139.    

15. K. Zaharieva, M. Shopska, I. Yordanova, S. Damyanova, “The effect of synthesis conditions on the physicochemical properties of magnesium aluminate materials”, Ceramics International, 44 (1) (2018) 326-332.     

16. H. Penchev, K. Zaharieva, K. Milenova, F. Ublekov, S. Dimova, D. Budurova, M. Staneva, I. Stambolova, V. Sinigersky, V. Blaskov, “Novel meta- and AB-Polybenzimidazole/Zinc oxide polymer hybrid nanomaterials for photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes”, Materials Letters, 230 (2018) 187-190.     

17. D. Stoyanova, I. Stambolova, V. Blaskov, K. Zaharieva, I. Avramova, O. Dimitrov, S. Vassilev, A. Eliyas, N. Nedyalkov, “Mechanical milling of hydrothermally obtained CaTiO3 powders - morphology and photocatalytic activity”, Nano-Structures & Nano-Objects, 18 (2019) 100301.

18. S. Dimova, K. Zaharieva, F. Ublekov, M. Kyulavska, Irina Stambolova, V. Blaskov, D. Nihtianova, P. Markov, H. Penchev, “Novel dye degradation photocatalyst nanocomposite powders based on polydiphenylacetylene-zinc oxide in polystyrene matrix”, Materials Letters, 269 (2020) 127683.    

19. K. Zaharieva, S. Dimova, M.  Kyulavska, F. Ublekov, I. Stambolova, L. Dimitrov, V. Blaskov, “Photocatalytic Behaviour of Zinc Oxide/Polystyrene Nanocomposite for Removal of Malachite Green Dye under UV-Light”, Comptes rendus de l’Académie bulgare des Sciences, 73 (2) (2020) 203-210.      

20. K. Zaharieva, I. Stambolova, M. Shipochka, S. Vassilev, V. Blaskov, L. Dimitrov, R. Mladenova, D. Nihtianova, P. Markov, “Photocatalytic performance of phosphorus doped titanium dioxide nanomaterials for degradation of Reactive Black 5 azo dye”, Comptes rendus de l’Académie bulgare des Sciences, 73 (10) (2020) 1382–1389.       

21. I. Stambolova, D. Stoyanova, M. Shipochka, V. Blaskov, D. Nihtianova, P. Markov, A. Eliyas, R. Mladenova, L. Dimitrov, M. Abrashev, G. Avdeev, K. Zaharieva, “Enhanced effect of combination of new hybrid TiO2 phase and phosphorus dopant on the physicochemical properties and UV/Visible light photocatalytic activity”, Materials Characterization, 172 (2021) 110775.

22. D. Stoyanova, I. Stambolova,V. Blaskov, P. Georgieva, M. Shipochka, K. Zaharieva, O. Dimitrov, P. Markov, V. Dyakova,Y. Kostova, R. Mladenova, G. Tzvetkov, N. Boshkova, N. Boshkov, “Modified approach using Mentha arvensis in the synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles—textural, structural, and photocatalytic properties”, Appl. Sci. 12(3) (2022) 1096. 

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