Dimiter N. Petsev


Phone: (505)-277-3221
Fax: (505) 277-5433

Physical Address

Room 235
Farris Engineering Center

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. University of Sofia Chemical Physics and Engineering, 1996

M.S. University of Sofia Chemical Physics, 1987


Dimiter N. Petsev joined the faculty of Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering in 2005. Prior to that appointment he was a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Microgravity, and Materials Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Purdue University.

Professional Experience

  • 2005 - Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering• University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2003 - 2005: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering and Department of Chemistry • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 1999- 2003: Senior Research Associate, Center for Materials Research • University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL.
  • 1998- 1999: Research Associate, Center for Materials Research • University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL.
  • 1996- 1998: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemistry Department • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • 1987- 1996: Research Assistant, Laboratory of Chemical Physics and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, University of Sofia.

Ongoing Research Support:

  • NSF/CAREER Transport Control in Micro and Nanochannels, 2009-Present.
  • NSF New Generation of Lab on Chip Separators based on Independent Fluid and Analyte Control, 2008- Present.
  • NSF/UNM-Harvard PREM: Leadership in Biomaterials, 2006- Present.
  • UNM-Harvard PREM: Leadership in Biomaterials, 2006-Present.
  • DOE/EPSCoR Materials for Energy Conversion, 2008-Present.

Selected Publications:

  • N. J. Carroll, S. Pylypenko, P. B. Atanassov and D. N. Petsev, Bidisperse Nano-Porous Microparticles Derived by Microemulsion Templating, Langmuir, 25 (2009) p. 13540. 
  • Y. Zhang, T. C. Gamble, A. Neumann, G. P. Lopez, S. R. J. Brueck and D. N. Petsev, Potential Distribution and Current Transport in Si/SiO2 Fluidic Channels, Lab-on-a-Chip, 8 (2008) p. 1671.
  • N. J. Carroll, S. B. Rathod, E. Derbins, S. Mendez, D. A. Weitz and D. N. Petsev, Droplet Based Microfluidics for Emulsion and Solvent Evaporation Synthesis of Monodisperse Mesoporous Silica Microspheres, Langmuir, 28 (2008) p. 658.
  • S. T. Chang, V. N. Paunov, D. N. Petsev and O. D. Velev, "Self-Propelling Microdevices and Microfluidic Pumps Based on Remoutely Powered Miniature Semiconductor Diodes, Nature Materials, 6 (2007) p. 235.
  • D. N. Petsev and G. P. Lopez, Electrostatic Potential and Electroosmotic Flow in a Cylindrical Capillary Filled with Symmetric Electrolyte: Analytic Solutions in Thin Double Layer Approximation, J. Colloid Interface Sci., 294 (2006) p. 492.
  • D. N. Petsev, Theory of Transport in Nanofluidic Channels with Moderately Thin Electrical Double Layers. Effect of Wall Potential Modulation on Solutions of Symmetric and Asymmetric Electrolytes, J. Chem. Phys., 123 (2005) 244907.
  • R. G. Alargova, J. T. Petkov and D. N. Petsev, Micellization and Interfacial Properties of Alkyloxyethylene Sulfate Surfactants in the Presence of Multivalent Counterions, J. Colloid Interface Sci. (Feature Article) 261 (2003) p. 1.
  • D. N. Petsev, Theoretical Analysis of Film Transitions and Coalescence Dynamics between Charged Miniemulsion Droplets, Langmuir, 16 (2000) 2093.
  • D. N. Petsev and N. D. Denkov, Diffusion of Charged Colloidal Particles at Low Volume Fraction: Theoretical Model and Light Scattering Experiments, J. Colloid Interface Sci. 149 (1992) p. 329. 

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Total Publications in Career:

  • More than 55 peer Invited articles and reviewed papers, 4 US patents awarded, and 1 book was published in 2004.

Teaching Interests

  • Transport Phenomena
  • Surface and Interfacial Phenomena
  • Methods of Analysis in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

  • Complex Fluids and Dispersions
  • Electrokinetic Phenomena, Micro and Nanofluidics
  • Nanomaterials

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