Nadka Tz. Dintcheva is graduated in Physical Engineering at University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and currently she is Assistant Professor at the University of Palermo.
Education and Training:
01/02/2003 – 31/12/2004 – Post doctoral fellow on Thermoplastic vulcanization of post-consumer plastic materials, Tutor: Prof. F.P. La Mantia, University of Palermo
01/11/2001 – 31/10/2002 – Post doctoral fellow on Thermoplastic elastomers of post-consumer materials – characterization of the polyolefins, Tutor: Prof. F.P. La Mantia, University of Palermo
01/11/1997 – 31/10/2000 – PhD in “Chemical Technology and New Materials” (XIII Cycle), University of Palermo, Department of Chemical Engineering, Processing and Materials.
25/01/2001 Achievement of the PhD Degree; discussion of the thesis entitled: Recycling of Post-Consumer Plastics, Tutor: Prof. F.P. La Mantia
1991 – 1996 – Master Degree in Physical Engineering, University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski” (Bulgaria), Physics Faculty.
February – July 1996 (6 months) – preparation and discussion of the MSc Thesis: Recycling of Mixed Plastics Waste: Mechanical and Rheological Characterization, at the University of Palermo, Department of Chemical Engineering, Processing and Materials through an EU fellowship award in the field of Project EU-Tempus Project S JEP-07751-94.
Spoken languages: Bulgarian (native), Italian, English, Russian, French
Teaching, Research and Coordination Experience:
Reader in “Applied chemistry and technology of materials” for Academic Years: 2004-05; 2005-06; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09; 2010-11; 2011-12; 2012-13, Engineering Faculty, University of Palermo
Tutor in “Applied Chemistry” for Academic Years: 2004-05; 2005-06; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09, Consortium Nettuno - Engineering Faculty, University of Palermo
Teaching assistant in “Polymer technology”, for Academic Years: 2003-04; 2004-05; 2005-06; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09; 2010-1, Engineering Faculty, University of Palermo
2012 – Present – member of Board of PhD Course in Environmental Engineering – section: Materials, University of Palermo
2008 – 2011 – member of Board of PhD Course in Chemical Engineering and Materials, University of Palermo
2005 – 2008 – member of Board of PhD Course in Nuclear Technology, University of Palermo
She is coordinator of 5 research projects: FIRB2010, EU Marie Curie Fellow 2011 and three regional projects in the field of POR FESR 2007/13. She is participant of n. 16 research projects.
The major research experience are in two main area of polymer engineering:
1. Nano- and Micro- composite polymer based systems relevant to industrial applications (packaging, tissue fibers, automotive, agro-industrial, etc.); engineering aspects of the complex systems, in terms of their formulation and processing, considering the effect of the shear and elongational flow on the morphology and on the mechanical and rheological properties. This topic is subject of main current personal researches.
2. Polymer recycling and upgrading properties and performances of second-life recyclates, e.g. post-consumer single and mixed multi-component heterogeneous plastics waste; this topic was the subject of both MSc and PhD studies and remain to be one of major areas of interest.
Scientific results: A summary of the Publications and Presentations at Meetings is shown below:
- 74 ISI Papers in refereed scientific journals;
- 5 Papers in divulgation journals;
- 148 Contributions at International and National Meetings (90 international and 58 national contributions)
- 6 Book chapters;
- 9 Invitation for seminars;
- 1 Italian Patent;
Tutor of n. 21 Bachelor Degree Thesis in Chemical Engineering and n. 8 MSc Degree Thesis in Chemical Engineering and Co-tutor of n. 25 Bachelor Thesis and MSc Degree Thesis in Chemical Engineering, University of Palermo, Engineering Faculty
Tutor of n. 2 students in PhD course in Chemical Engineering and Materials, University of Palermo
Tutor of n. 2 Post-doc fellow, University of Palermo
Membership of Professional Bodies and Professional Responsibilities:
2005 – 2008 - Secretary of the board of studies of Chemical Engineering, University of Palermo
2002 – Present - member of the Italian Association of Materials, AIMAT
2000 – Present - member of the European Scientific Society Modification, Degradation and Stabilization of Polymers, MoDeSt
1999 – Present - member of Italian Association of Macromolecules, AIM
1998 – Present - member of Association of New York Academy of Sciences
February – March 2008 (2 months) – scientific collaboration with Prof. S. Al-Malaika (PPP Research Group) at Aston University, UK, on the oxidation and stabilization of the multi-component nano-filled polymer based systems, through the award of a research sponsorship received from Aston University’s “Visiting Scholar Fund”;
November 2007 (1 month) – scientific collaboration with Prof. J-L. Gardette (Photo-chemical laboratory) at the University Blaise Pascal, France, on the photo-degradation of the nano-composites polymer based systems in the field of Project: CoRI2006 – Cooperazione Internazionale, University of Palermo;
October 1996 – September 1997 (12 months) - scientific collaboration in the field of Project EU-Tempus Project S JEP-07751-94 between University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and University of Palermo on the recycling of the polymeric materials.
Referee for International ISI Journal: Polymer Degradation and Stability, Polymer International, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering
Project Evaluator for POR FESR Sicilia 2007/2013 and FIRB2012 Programs.