The “Academician Emil Djakov” Award for best scientific publication in 2021 in the field of radiophysics, physical and quantum electronics was presented at a ceremony at the Institute of Electronics of BAS. The Institute’s Scientific Council awarded the prize to a team of researchers who made the greatest scientific breakthrough in the past year.

Scientific team composed of Dr. Maria Ormanova, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stefan Valkov, Eng. Dimitar Dechev, Eng. Nikolay Ivanov, Dr. Stanislava Rabadzhiyska, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maria Nikolova and Prof. Dr. Peter Petrov were awarded for a series of publications on “Surface treatment of metals and alloys for applications in modern biomedicine”.

In recent years, research worldwide has focused on the development of new materials for the needs of modern biomedicine that are compatible with the human body and resistant to wear and corrosion. It is a well-known fact that the surface of biomedical materials is most actively subjected to exploitation, therefore methods and techniques for modification of surface structure and properties are actively used by scientists worldwide.

The team of Bulgarian scientists has made a significant contribution to the modification of the structure and surface properties of a number of materials that are actively used to make implants. Researchers from the Institute of Electronics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences have presented adapted, innovative and enriched methods for surface processing of advanced biomedical materials based on electronic and ionic technologies. Scientists have successfully demonstrated the possibility of extremely precise and efficient control of surface structure and properties, leading to significant improvement in performance. The results obtained within this topic could be directly implemented in practice, leading to a significant improvement in the quality of human life. This unequivocally shows the relevance of the scientific developments of the researchers from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The results of these studies have been published in well-established and prestigious international scientific journals which testifies to the high level of research work at the Institute of Electronics of BAS.