Conference chair

Rumen Duhlev, Elsevier, Oxford, UK


Rumen Duhlev was born and educated in Bulgaria. After graduating with Gold Medal from Mathematics High School he won the National Olympiad in Chemistry and was accepted without entrance exam to study chemistry at the University of Sofia. He completed his PhD in Chemistry at the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia in 1984 under the supervision of Christo Balarew and joined the Institute as Assistant and then Associate Professor. In 1986-1988 Rumen Duhlev was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Materials Research at McMaster University in Canada with I.D. Brown.

In 1990 he returned to McMaster University as Research Associate, before moving to the Crystallography Group of the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, UK as Research Associate with A.M. Glazer (1991-1994). He has worked on phase equilibrium and double salt formation in water-salt systems, structure prediction for inorganic salts, X-ray crystallography, optical materials. In 1989 he was the first recipient of the Franzosini Award given by one of the IUPAC Commissions and became an elected member of IUPAC. In recent years he was part of a working group of the IUPAC Polymer Division and since 2012 has been IUPAC Fellow. Between 1982 and 1994 he has published over 30 peer-reviewed and 10 conference papers. In 1994 Rumen Duhlev left research and entered scientific publishing as Acquisition Editor for World Scientific in London (1994-1996) where he commissioned more than 100 books and started 7 new book series.

In 1996 he joined Elsevier in Oxford as Senior Publishing Editor and was promoted to Publisher (2006) and Senior Publisher (2013). At Elsevier he has managed, at different times, the metallurgy, ceramics, composites, solid state chemistry and polymer journal portfolios and has received the Passion for Winning Award (2003) and the Excellence in Publishing Journal Performance Award (2006). He organised the International Conference of Inorganic Materials between 2000 and 2008. In 2007 he conceived and started working on the creation of two new large conferences: the International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials (with the crucial help of Clément Sanchez) and the International Symposium Frontiers in Polymer Science. His passions include opera, ballet, piano, theatre, reading, visual arts.