Competencies of the research team in the research area
The team has recently proposed new technology for the complex utilization of spent coffee grounds with high economic potential. The latter publication has been published in one of the most renowned international journals in the field of separation processes in 2018 (Separation and Purification Technology). For the past ten years the head of the team, Dr. Dimitar Peshev, has gained considerable practical and theoretical experience in the application of membrane separation for the purification and processing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and natural extracts during his working stay at foreign companies specializing in the production of membrane filters and their application in chemical technologies (Evonik Membrane Extraction Technology Ltd., UK; GVS filter technology spa, Italy), as well as during his postdoctoral specializations in one of the most renowned groups in the field of membrane technology, lead by by Professor Andrew Livingston (Imperial College London, UK). In the period of time 2012-2013, Dr Peshev had been a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at Imperial College London, and under the supervision of Professor Livingston, he gained experience in the field of molecular membrane modeling and nanofiltration engineering with a view to the practical implementation of laboratory results. This experience has led to the development and as a result of the continued collaboration to the implementation of OSN Designer. The mentioned articles have multiple citations by foreign authors (over 250), and the work has been awarded the most cited publication for 2011 and 2012 by the journal Chemical Engineering Research and Design.