Project goals:
– Integration of large and/or unique laboratories and apparatuses that are necessary for obtaining and complex characterization of new materials and complex characterization of new materials and research and preservation of cultural values.
– Achieving a new quality of scientific research in the field of new materials and the study of cultural values ​​by combining and concentrating high-level expertise (human resources) and modern instrumental techniques (material resources).
- Ensuring open access to the distributed infrastructure for scientists from partner institutions and support for new complex research on the preparation and properties of new materials and the study and preservation of cultural heritage.
– Training and preparation of highly qualified specialists.
– Integration and cooperation with European scientific infrastructures and participation in international projects.

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Vesela Tsakova (Institute of Physical Chemistry "Acad. R. Kaishev" - BAS)

Project partners:
– Institute of Physical Chemistry "Acad. R. Kaishev" – BAS
– Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems "Acad. E. Budevski" – BAS
- Institute of Catalysis - BAS
- Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry - BAS
- Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies "Acad. Y. Malinovski" – BAS
- Institute of Polymers - BAS
- University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy,
– LAMAR Laboratory
- Central Laboratory of Applied Physics - BAS
– Institute of Organic Chemistry with Phytochemistry Center, IOHTCF – BAS
- Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski": Faculty of History, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Physics.
– Institute of Balkan Studies with Center for Tracology "Prof. Al. Foul" – BAS
- Institute of Ethnology and Folkloristics with Ethnographic Museum - BAS
- National Archaeological Institute with Museum - BAS
– National History Museum National Academy of Arts

Duration: 2017 - 2023

Co-financing: Ministry of Education and Science (Contract D01-155/28.08.2018)

Expected benefits: 
For industry
– Synthesis and characterization of new high-tech materials with application in industry;
– Obtaining and testing materials for accumulating ecological fuels and catalysts for their combustion;
– Synthesis of new oxide and polymer materials with application in optoelectronics and laser technology;
– Obtaining functional coatings with improved characteristics for the needs of mechanical engineering.

For biomedical applications
– Isolation and study of natural compounds and creation of new materials with applications in cosmetics, pharmacy, nutraceuticals, etc.;
– Development of new polymers with specific applications in medicine and pharmacy;
– Development of sensor materials for the determination of bioactive substances involved in the metabolism of the human organism;
– Synthesis of new fluorescent markers for nucleic acids and tumor cells;
– Evaluation of the stability of free radicals in foods relevant to the validity of European protocols for dry foods and fruits

About ecology
– Obtaining ecological glass-ceramic materials from industrial waste;
– Synthesis of materials related to environmental protection and control, for example catalysts for water and air purification, chemosensors for control of pesticides in food;
– Development of approaches for the utilization of marine chemical resources, for example for the production of inorganic products and reagents;
– Creation of approaches for extracting metals from waste raw materials through electroextraction and electrorefining.

For archaeological and ethnographic research
– Providing an objective basis for preparing strategies for better preservation, for the more accurate diagnosis and identification of archaeological sites and for their more effective conservation and restoration;
- Provision of data for the more accurate dating and assessment of the condition of the objects;
– Evaluation of existing materials and techniques for conservation and restoration, as well as testing new ones;
– Study of the relationship between the environmental parameters of a given archaeological site, the expected state of the various materials in these conditions and their reaction to their exposure to atmospheric conditions;
– Creation and equipment of mobile laboratories with a team of specialists for exploration, research, in situ strengthening and conservation to assist archaeologists during excavations.

Results: 10 thematic research reports; recipe book; DVD with pastoral music; two international conferences and 6 thematic workshops; virtual museum; an international exposition in Budapest with an overview of the European cultural heritage related to sheep and pastoral life - with a catalog; 7 thematic expositions with audiovisual exhibits - in 6 countries; catalog of documents; educational materials for use in schools, including computer games, etc.


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