Geologist, PhD

Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 107 Sofia 1113 Bulgaria

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  • Place of birth: Montana, Bulgaria
  • Date of birth: March 26-th1952
  • Nationality: Bulgarian
  • Marital status: married with two children
  • Home address: complex Mladost, block 502, entr. 3, app. 48, Sofia, Bulgaria


  • 1980 Sofia University, Faculty of Geology and Geography, geology-geochemistry;
  • 1987Inst. Appl. Miner.- Bulg. Acad. Sci. – research associate;
  • 1988 Inst. Appl. Miner.- Bulg. Acad. Sci. – PhD;
  • 1993 Inst. Appl. Miner.- Bulg. Acad. Sci. –Assoc. Prof.


  • 1996- actually, Central Laboratory of Mineralogy and Crystallography, BAS – head of department “Experimental Mineralogy and Crystallography (since 1996)
  • 2000 - actually, Central Laboratory of Mineralogy and Crystallography, BAS – head of laboratory “X-ray structural analysis” .

Scientific achievements:

  • More than 70 publications in the field of mineralogy, crystallography, materials science, ecology, powder diffraction;
  • Member of the International Committee on Natural Zeolites,
  • Member of the Bulgarian Geological Society,
  • Member of the Bulgarian Mineralogical Society,
  • Chairman of the Bulgarian National Crystallographic Committee.



  1. 1. Petrov, O.E., T.A. Karamaneva, G.N. Kirov, 1984, Cation distribution in clinoptilolite structure: Natural samples.Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci. 37, 6, 785-788.

2. Petrov, O.E., L.D. Filizova, G.N. Kirov, 1985, Cation distribution in clinoptilolite structure: Ba-exchanged sample.Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci. 38, 5, 603-606.

3. Kostadinov, I.Z., M. Mihov, V. Hadjiev, M. Iliev, O. Petrov, M. Mateev, S. Tinchev, J. Tihov, E. Dinolova, Ts, Zheleva, V. Popov, G. Tyuliev, V. Kojouharov, Ts. Ivanov, 1988, Investigation of the new high-temperature superconductor BiSrCaCu2Ox. Phisica C, 153-155, 627-628.

  1. Kostadinov, I.Z., V. Hadjiev, J. Tihov, M. Mateev, M. Mihov, O. Petrov, V. Popov, E. Dinolova, Ts. Zheleva, G. Tyuliev, V. Kojouharov, 1989, Structural study, XPS, and Raman spectra of 107K and 114K Tl-based superconductors. Phisica C, 156, 427-433.
  2. Mateev, M.D., I.Z. Kostadinov, B. Alexandrov, J. Tihov, Ts. Ivanov, O.E. Petrov, E. Dinolova, V. Kovachev, 1989, Locallization effects in Nd2-xCexCuO4 electronic superconductor. Phisica C, 162-164, 993-994.
  3. 6. Kostadinov, I.Z., Mateev, M.D., Tihiv, J., Skumriev, V., Tsakin, E., Petrov, O.E., Dinolova, E., Kovachev, V., 1989, Tl0.75Pb0.20Sb0.05Ca2Ba3Cu4Oy high Tc superconductor. Phisica C, 162-164, 995-996.
  4. 7. Kirov, G.N., O.E. Petrov, 1990, An osumilite-group mineral in the hydrothermal crystallization of quartz. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 43, 7, 49-52.

8. Tarassov, M., Bojiliv, K., Petrov, O.E., 1991, Iron-containing X-ray amorphous tungsten ochre from Grantcharitza deposit (Bulgaria). Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 44, 12, 65-68.

  1. 9. Petrov, O.E., L.D. Filizova, G.N. Kirov, 1991, Cation distribution in clino-ptilolite structure: Cs-exchanged sample.Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 44, 12, 77-80.

10. Petrov, O.E., E. Dyulgerova, R. Popova, G. Opalchenova, 1992, Quantitative powder XRD study of sintered biphase Ca-P-bioceramics during sterilization. Materials Letters, 14, (2-3), 103-106.

  1. 11.  Petrov, O.E., 1993, Clinoptilolite stability during thermal activation. Program and Abstracts, 4-th Int. Conf. “Zeolite’93”, Boise, USA, 158-160 (ext. abstr.).
  2. 12.  Petrov, O.E., 1993, Ion-exchange control on clinoptilolite: A powder XRD approach. Program and Abstracts, 4-th Int. Conf. “Zeolite’93”, Boise, USA, 156-158 (ext. abstr.).
  3. 13.  Tsintsov, Z.L., O.E.Petrov, 1993, Fe-platinum from Novoselci, Bulgaria, Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 47, 2, 65-68.
  4. 14.  Petrov, O.E., 1994, Rietveld refinement of Ba-exchanged clinoptilolite. Int. Conf. “Powder diffraction and crystal chemistry”, June, St. Petersburg, Russia, Program and Abstracts Book, 50-51 (ext. abstr.).
  5. 15.  Petrov, O.E., 1995, Cation exchange in clinoptilolite: An X-ray powder diffraction analysis. In D.W. Ming and F.A. Mumpton, Eds., Natural Zeolites “93, 271-279, Boise, Idaho.
  6. Georgieva, I., Ivanov, I., Petrov, O.E., 1996, X-ray powder diffraction data for Ba3MnSi2O8 – a new phase in the system BaO-MnO-SiO2. Powder Diffraction, 11, 1, 26-27.
  7. 17.  Kostova, I., Petrov, O.E., Kortenski, J., 1996, Mineralogy, geochemistry, and pyrite content of Bulgarian subbituminous coals, Pernik Basin. In R.Gayer and I. Harris Eds., Coalbed Methane and Coal Geology, Geological Society Special Publication No 97, London, 301-314.
  8. 18.  Opalchenova, G., Dyulgerova, E., Petrov, O.E, 1996, A study of the influence of biphase calcium phosphate ceramics on bacterial strains – in vitro aqpproach. J. BioMed. Mat. Res. 31:219-226.
  9. Opalchenova, G., Dyulgerova, E., Petrov, O.E, 1996, Effect of calcium phosphate ceramics on gram-negative bacteria resistant to antibiotics. J. BioMed. Mat. Res. 32(3): 473-479.
  10. Lilkov, V., Dimitrova, E., Petrov, O.E., 1997, Hydration process of cement containing fly ash and silica fume: the first 24 hours. Cem. Concr. Res., V. 27, 4, 577-588.
  11. 21.  Petrov, O.E., V Valentinov, 1997, Heulandite-clinoptilolite in zeolite rocks: A profile-fitting analysis of 020 powder diffraction peak. Natural Zeolites. Proc. of Sofia Zeolite Meeting’95, eds. G.N. Kirov, L. Filizova, O.E. Petrov.Pensoft, Sofia, 126-132
  12. Lilkov, V., O. Petrov, 1997, Hydration of cement mixed with “Pozzolit” mineral additive. Proc. 10-th Int. CongressChem. Cem: Additives, Admixtures, Characterization Techniques, ed. Harald Justnes; Gotheburg, Sweden, June,. (3ii11).
  13. 23.  Kamenov, G., V. Kostov-Kytin, O. Petrov, 1998, Sr-bearing chabazite from the Kayryaka quarry, Bourgas region, Bulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci.,52, 9-10, 59-52
  14. 24.  Lilkov, V., N. Djabarov, G. Bechev, O. Petrov, 1998, Properties and hydration products of lightweight and expansive cements. Part 2: Hydration products. Cem Concr. Res. V.29/10, 1641-1646.
  15. Petrov, O.E., Dyulgerova, E., Petrov, L., Popova, R., 2001, Characterization of calcium phosphate phases obtained during the preparation of sintered biphase Ca-P ceramics. Materials Letters48, 3-4, 162-167.
  16. Vassileva, B., O.E. Petrov, S.M. Hammad, 2001, Effect of natural sorbents during clean-up of cation polluted water: I. An example on Egyptian bentonite - Bulgarian clinoptilolite filter. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 54, 12, 63-66.
  17. 27.  Kostiv-Kytin, V., S. Ferdov, O. Petrov, 2002, Hydrothermal synthesis and successive transformation of paranatisite into natisite. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci ,55, 2, 61-64.
  18. Ferdov, S., V. Kostiv-Kytin, O. Petrov, 2002, A rapid method for synthesizing the layered titanosolicate JDF-L1.Chem. Comm., 16 (issue), 1786-1787.
  19. Ferdov, S., V. Kostiv-Kytin, O. Petrov, 2002, Improved powder diffraction patterns for synthetic paranatisite and natisite. Powder Diffraction17(3), 234-237.
  20. Ferdov, S., C. Lengauer, O. Petrov,V. Kostov-Kytin, 2003, A rapid method for  low-temperature synthesis of the Na-analogue of the microporous titanosilicate GTS-1. Journal of Materials Science39, 4343-4344.
  21. 31.  Filcheva, E., K. Chakalov, T. Popova, K. Mitov, O. Petrov, 2003, A new method for preparation of humic containing materials for their use in ecology. Proc. of Xth Balkan Mineral Processing Congress “Mineral processing in the 21st century”, eds: L.Kuzev, I.Nishkov, A.Boteva, D.Mochev, 15-20 June, Varna Bulgaria, 757-762.
  22. 32.  Chakalov, K., T. Popova, K. Mitov, E. Filcheva, O. Petrov, Influence of natural and modified zeolites on the mobility of some heavy metals in soils and model experiments. Proc. of Xth Balkan Mineral Processing Congress“Mineral processing in the 21st century”, eds: L.Kuzev, I.Nishkov, A.Boteva, D.Mochev, 15-20 June, Varna Bulgaria, 780-786.
  23. 33.  Popova, T., O. Petrov, K. Chakalov, K. Mitov, E. Filcheva, Modified zeolites – properties and application in ecology. Proc. of Xth Balkan Mineral Processing Congress “Mineral processing in the 21st century”, eds: L.Kuzev, I.Nishkov, A.Boteva, D.Mochev, 15-20 June, Varna Bulgaria, 844-849 Proc. of Xth Balkan Mineral Processing Congress “Mineral processing in the 21st century”, eds: L.Kuzev, I.Nishkov, A.Boteva, D.Mochev, 15-20 June, Varna Bulgaria, 757-762.
  24. Ganev, V., M. Tarassov, L. Konstantinov, O. Petrov, 2004, Structure and valent states of iron in some crystalline and amorphous iron oxides: UV-VIS spectroscopy and DFT calculations data. Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, 4 Heron Press, 21-23
  25. Kostov-Kytin, V., B. Mihailova, S. Ferdov, O. Petrov (2004): Temperature-induced phase transformations of layered titanosilicate JDF-L1. Solid State Sciences, 6, (2004) p. 967-972.
  26. Ferdov, S., U. Kolitsch, O. Petrov, V. Kostov-Kytin, C. Lengauer, and E. Tillmans (2004): Synthesis and crystal structure of a new microporous zirconosilicate, MCV-2. Microporous Mesoporous Matter., 81, 79-86
  27. Ferdov, S., V. Kostov-Kytin, O. Petrov,, 2005, Synthesis and characterization of nanosized Na- GTS-1.Nanoscience & Nanotechnology5, eds. E. Balabanova, I. Dragieva, Heron Press, Sofia, 2005, 167-169.
  28. 38.   Petrova, R., A. Ivanov, M. Kadiiski, O. Petrov, V. Kostov-Kytin, M. Tarassov.2005. Single crystal structure analysis of Sr-bearing chabazite from Kayryaka quarry, Bourgas region, Bulgaria, and its Sr-exchanged form. J. Bulg. Geolog. Society, Proc of the Jub. Intern. Conf. “80 years Bulgarian Geological Society”, 75-78.
  29. 39.  Yoleva, А., P. Djambazov, S. Djambazov, O. Petrov. 2005. Structural changes in opal from stambolovo deposit (bulgaria) after thermal treatment. – XV Scientific Conference on Glass and Ceramics, September 2005, Varna.
  30. Pekounov, Y., O. E. Petrov, 2007, Bone resembling apatite by amprphous-to-crystalline transition driven self-organization. J. Mater. Sci.: Mater.Med., 19 (2) 753-759
  31. 41.  Tzankova, Nikoleta, Ognyan Petrov, 2006, AES ICP, microprobe, and XRD data for garnets from metamorphic rocks in the Sakar region, SE Bulgaria. Geoh. Miner. Petrol., 44, 73-89
  32. 42.  Tzankova, Nikoleta, Ognyan Petrov, Milen Kadiyski, 2006, Crystal chemistry of almandine from Sakar region, SE-Bulgaria, Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci, 59, 5, 531-538
  33. 43.  Kostov-Kytin, V., S. Ferdov.Yu. Kalvachev, B. Mihailova, O. Petrov, 2007, Hydrothermal synthesis of microporous titanosilicates. Mic. Mes. Mat., 105, 232-238.
  34. 44.  Ilieva, Albena, Boriana Mihailova, Zdravko Tsintsov and Ognyan Petrov, 2007, Structural state of microcrystalline opals: A Raman spectroscopic study. Am. Mineral., V.92, 1325-1333.
  35. 45.  Stoilov, V., O. PetrovMilen Kadyiski, Ivan Donchev, 2007, XRD structural characteristics of fluorapatite from Jurassic phosphorite concretions, Gintsi deposit. Proc. of the Bulg. Geological Society “Geosciences 2007”, 65-67 (special issue).
  36. 46.  Pekounov, Y., O. E. Petrov, 2007, Bone resembling apatite by amprphous-to-crystalline transition driven self-organization. J. Mater. Sci.: Mater.Med. 19 (2), 753-759
  37. 47.  Yaneva, V., О. Petrov, V. Petkova, 2008, Structural and Spectroscopic Studies of Nanosized Appatite (Syrian). Mater. Res. Bull., (accepted).
  38. 48.  Kostova, B., J. Mouchovski, O. Petrov, L. Dimitrov, L. Konstantinov, 2009, Interrelationships between structural and optical properties of Ce3+-containing Ca1-xSrxFsingle crystals. Mat. Chem. and Physics, 113, 260-264
  39. 49.  Ilieva R., R. Titorenkova, E. Dyulgerova, O. Petrov, L. Konstantinov. Effect of zirconia additive on the microstructure and phase composition of hydroxyapatite-based nanocomposites. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Issue 8, 169-172.
  40. 50.   PetrovO. E.,V. Stoilov, Y. Tzvetanova, P. Andreeva. 2008. Application of full profile Rietveld-based XRD quantitative analysis to geological samples. – In: 60 Annual of Geology in Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”,99–104.
  41. 51.  Dimova, L., G. Kirov, O. Petrov, N. Lihareva, Y. Tsvetanova, 2008, Zn-exchanged clinoptilolite from Beli plast deposit, Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria. National Conference “Geosciences”, Sofia, 21-22.
  42. Zidarov, N., O. Petrov, M. Tarassov, Z. Damyanov, E. Tarassova, Y.Kalvachev, V.Petkova, Z. Zlatev, 2008, Mn-rich norsethite from Kremikovtsi ore deposit, National Conference “Geosciences”, Sofia, 27-29.
  43.  Kostova B., J. Mouchovski, O. Petrov, L. Dimitrov, L. Konstantinov, 2008, Structural and optical parameters of Ca1-xSrxF2. JOAM. (in print)
  44. Petrova, D., V. Marinova, L. Yankova, S. Dobreva, D. Kaisheva, O.Petrov, M. Gospodinov, 2008, Growth and physical properties of Bi-doped Pb2ScNbO6 and Pb2ScTaO6 single crystals. JOAM. (in print)