• 2009-2007: Obtained significant external funding while serving as PI on 14 projects generating over $1 million dollars; contributed to the receipt of over $3.3 million dollars as a Co-PI of 17 grants with about equal participation of all PIs and Co-PIs; financial support received from different governmental institutions including NSF, US Air Force, NAVY (ONR), and from industries such as Northrop, P&G, GN, and CleanTech.
• 2009: Successful research in team for the utilization of CNT thread for wireless communication: Press release by UC: Spinning Carbon Nanotubes Spawns New Wireless Applications, http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=9743 , Date: 3/5/2009 12:00:00 AM By: Wendy Beckman
• 2008: Team member of a winning ERC project on Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, funded by NSF through a grant of $18.5 million dollars; NSF press release:
• 2007: Successful growth of the longest CNT arrays reported; Press release by NSF on long nanotube growth: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=108992&org=NSF&from=news, Press
Release on Long Nanotube Growth. University of Cincinnati Researchers Grow Their Longest Carbon Nanotube Ever: http://www.uc.edu/News/NR.aspx?ID=4811 (one of the most visited Website among all the Online UC News Stories)
• 2005 to present: Member of the Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at UC
• 2002 to present: Co-director with Dr. Mark Schulz of the Nanoworld Lab at UC
• 2000-2007: Scientific consulting for P&G Cincinnati on development and study of advanced materials and processing (plasma surface modification and diamond-based process tools). The developed technology is patent protected with my participation.
• 1999-2003: Conducting research on diamond thin films and coatings for high temperature electronics and aerospace applications with Prof. Raj Singh at UC. Establishing of Microwave Plasma CVD laboratory.
• 1995-1996: Conducting research as a Fulbright Scholar at the UC Department of Aerospace Engineering with Prof. Widen Tabakoff on development of CVD protective coatings for aerospace application and study of their erosion behavior by using aerodynamic wind tunnel.
• 1988-1995: University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Sofia, Bulgaria, research in the area of electronic materials and thin film processing. Established a new laser CVD laboratory for processing of advanced materials. The developed technology is patent protected with my participation.
• 1981-1987: University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Sofia, Bulgaria, research in the area of electronic materials and thin film processing. Established a new thermal CVD laboratory for processing of high temperature wear resistant coatings. The developed technology generated 3 patents with my participation.
• 1979-1980: University of Regensburg, Germany; Research discovered new High Pressure-High Temperature (HP-HT) phase transitions of compound semiconductors.
• 1972-1978: University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Sofia, Bulgaria, research on: (a) HPHT, (b) CVD synthesis of diamond; (c) CVD of high temperature ceramic coatings and electronic materials. Established a new HP-HT laboratory for synthesis of diamond. The developed technology is patent protected with my participation.
• 1974: Member of a team that achieved the first successful HP-HT Diamond synthesis in Bulgaria.