Prof. Svetlana Simova

Prof. Svetlana Simova

Prof. Svetlana Simova

(room 104)

Name: Svetlana Simova

Phone: +3592 9606 140


ORCID: 0000-0002-9565-3850

Scopus ID: 55405895900

Research interests/Area of expertise:

Molecular spectroscopy, stereochemistry, structure analysis, conformational analysis, physical organic

chemistry, molecular recognition, natural product chemistry, NMR metabolomics, supramolecular

chemistry, HRMAS and solid state NMR, food chemistry

Academic career:

2005 – present Professor, Bulgarian NMR Centre, Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

2017 – 2021         Director of Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


2001      DSc in Organic Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,

Thesis: “Advance NMR methods for structure elucidation and proof of organic molecules and complexes”

1982      PhD in Organic Chemistry, Technical University Leuna-Merseburg (now Martin- Luther University Halle-Wittenberg),

Thesis: “Influence of the Z/E Configuration on the 13C- 15N Coupling Conditions in Aromatic Azo and Diazo Compounds”;

1976      MSc in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”


  • Best poster award at the Annual Poster Sessions of the Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry (IOCCP), BAS in 2015, 2017, 2019;
  • Best oral presentation award at 2nd Interdisciplinary Doctoral Forum, 2021, Borovets, Bulgaria
  • Best poster award at 4th International Conference of Natural Product Utilization: From Plants to Pharmacy Shelf (ICNPU), 2019, Albena, Bulgaria
  • Best paper award of the IOCCP, BAS in 2021.

Selected publications:

2022      Gerginova, D., Kurteva, V., Simova, S. “Optical Rotation—A Reliable Parameter for Authentication of Honey?”, Molecules 27(24), 8916 (link)

2021      Popova, M., Gerginova, D., Trusheva, B., Simova, S., Tamfu, A., Ceylan. O., Clark, K., Bankova, V. “A preliminary study of chemical profiles of honey, cerumen, and propolis of the african stingless bee meliponula ferruginea”, Foods 10(5), 997 (link)

2020      Gerginova, D., Simova, S., Popova, M., Stefova, M., Stanoeva, J.P., Bankova, V., “NMR profiling of North Macedonian and Bulgarian honeys for detection of botanical and geographical origin”, Molecules 25(20), 4687 (link)

2019     Rusinova-Videva, S., Kambourova, M., Alipieva, K., Nachkova, S., Simova, S., “Metabolic profiling of Antarctic yeasts by proton nuclear magnetic resonance-based spectroscopy”, Biotechnology and Biotechnological Equipment 33(1), 12-19 (link)

2018     Alipieva, K., Simova, S., Zahmanov, G., Zhou, Sh., Wolfender, J.-L., Georgiev, M.I., “New tetraacetylated iridoid glycosides from Sambucus ebulus L. leaves”, Phytochemistry Letters 20, 429-432 (link)

Active projects:

  • Creation and Development of Centre of Excellence “National center of mechatronics and clean technologies“ BG05M2OP001-1.001-0008-C01
  • Creation And Development Of Centres Of Competence „Sustainable utilization of bio-resources and waste of medicinal and aromatic plants for innovative bioactive products” BG05M2OP001-1.002-0012-C01
  • Creation And Development Of Centres Of Competence „Clean technologies for sustainable environment – waters, waste, energy for circular economy“ (Clean&Circle) BG05M2OP001-1.002-0019
  • The National Scientific Program “Healthy Foods for a Strong Bioeconomy and Quality of Life”
  • EthnoHERBS (Conservation of European Biodiversity through Exploitation of Traditional Herbal Knowledge for the Development of Innovative Products)
  • INFRAMAT: Distributed infrastructure of centers for synthesis and characterization of new materials and conservation of archeological and ethnographic artefacts’, part of the Bulgarian National Roadmap for Research Infrastructure Programme.

International collaborations and fellowships:

1996     6 months, University Cambridge, Royal Society Fellowship

1998, 2001, 2004,         3 months, Universities Saarlandes and Leipzig, DAAD Fellowships


Selected publications