Professional Biography

Dr. Silviya Halacheva joined the University of Bolton as a Lecturer in Chemistry in 2013. In Bolton her academic responsibilities covers preparation and delivering of lecture materials in chemistry, biomaterials science, nanotechnology and medical devices. She is a program leader of the new undergraduate courses in chemistry. Dr. Halacheva is also expected to develop strong research portfolio in the area of biomaterial science. She is currently co-supervises one PhD student and is a director of studies of a second one on multi-responsive gels and coatings.

Dr. Silviya Halacheva received her PhD degree from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 2008. Before joining the University of Bolton she has worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at the Chemistry Department, University of Bath from 2007 to 2009, the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford from 2009 to 2012 and at the School of Materials, University of Manchester from 2012 to 2013. The main focus of her research in Bath was in the area of polymer synthesis and characterization, and the study of nanoscale structure formation in self-assembling systems, ranging from surfactant micellar structures to block and graft non-ionic and ionic polymers. In Oxford she investigated the spontaneous self-assembly, of novel and unique nanostructured multilayers from polyamine/surfactant mixtures at the air/water interface by employing neutron reflectivity and surface tension. Her research in Manchester explored the potential use of hollow particle gels as injectable dispersions for in-vivo repair of cartilage tissue.

Dr. Halacheva is a co-author of several successful research beam-time proposals, obtaining funding for the use of a number of neutron reflectivity and small angle neutron scattering instruments in UK, Germany and France. She has many publications in high impact factor peer-reviewed journals. She has given talks in several international and national research meetings and received two international awards for her achievements in the area of smart polymer colloids. Dr. Halacheva is regularly invited to review international peer-reviewed research articles.

Current research interests

  • Polymer synthesis and characterisation
  • Design of novel multifunctional, stimuli-responsive, polymer-based nanocarriers for controlled delivery and release of therapeutic agents
  • Self-assembly of polymers in aqueous solution
  • Engineering of new injectable biomaterials for tissue regeneration
  • Development of conditions for controllable multilayer formation at the air/water interfaces from biocompatible polymer-surfactant mixtures and achievement of a thorough understanding of the behaviour of such structures

Awards & Prizes

25thEuropean Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS) conference, Berlin, Germany

“Elsevier Best Poster Prize”

Award for Outstanding Young Polymer Scientist in 2009

Selected recent publications

  1. Poly(vinylamine) microgel–dextran composite hydrogels: Characterisation; properties and pH-triggered degradation, McCann, J. Behrendta, J. M., Yan, J.; Halacheva, S.; Saunders, B. J. Colloid Interf. Sci, 2014, in press, doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2014.09.041.
  1. Drug-releasing textiles, Advances in smart medical textiles, Shah, T. Halacheva, S.; Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier Limited, 2014, accepted.
  1. Injectable Biocompatible and Biodegradable pH-Responsive Hollow Particle Gels Containing Poly(acrylic acid): The Effect of Copolymer Composition on Gel Properties, Halacheva, S. S.; Adlam, D. J.; Freemont, T. J.; Hoyland, J.; Saunders, B. R. Biomacromolecules2014, 15, 1814-1827.
  1. pH-Responsive Physical Gels from Poly(meth)acrylic Acid-Containing Crosslinked Particles: The Relationship Between Structure and Mechanical Properties, Halacheva, S.Saunders, B.; Freemont, T., J. Mater. Chem. B,2013, 1, 4065-4078.
  1. The Solution  pH and Oligoamine Molecular Dependence of the Transition from Monolayer to Multilayer Adsorption at the Air-Water Interface from Sodium Dodecylsulfate-Oligoamine Mixtures, Halacheva, S.; Penfold, J.;  Thomas, R. K.; Webster, J. R. P., Langmuir, 2013,29, 5832-5840.
  1. Mixtures of pH-Responsive Microgels and Temperature Responsive Star-like Copolymers: From Heteroaggregation to Gelation, Tungchaiwattana, S.; Liu, R.; Halacheva, S.; Shahidan, N.; Kells, A.; Saunders, B., Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 3547-3557.
  1. Adsorption of the Linear Poly(ethyleneimine) Precursor Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) and Sodium Dodecylsulfate Mixtures at the Air-Water Interface: The Impact of Modification of the Poly(ethyleneimine) Functionality, Halacheva, S.; Penfold, J.; Thomas, R. K., Langmuir, 201228, 17331-17338.
  1. Effect of Polymer Molecular Weight and Solution pH on the Surface Properties of Sodium Dodecylsulfate-Poly(ethyleneimine) Mixtures, Halacheva, S.; Penfold, J.; Thomas, R. K.; Webster, J. R. P., Langmuir, 2012, 28, 14909-14916.
  1. Effect of Architecture on the Formation of Surface Multilayer Structures at the Air-solution Interface from Mixtures of Surfactant with Small Poly(ethyleneimine)s, Halacheva, S.; Penfold, J.; Thomas, R. K.; Webster, J. R. P., Langmuir, 2012, 28, 6336-6347.
  1. Aqueous Solution Properties of Comb-like Linear Poly(ethylene imine)/Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)-based Polymers: Impact of Temperature and Polymer Composition, Halacheva, S.; Price, G. J.; Garamus, V. M., Polymer Preprints, 2012, 53, 392-393.
  1. The Effects of Temperature and Polymer Composition Upon the Aqueous Solution Properties of Comb-like Linear Poly(ethylene imine)/Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)-based Polymers, Halacheva, S.; Price, G. J.; Garamus, V. M., Macromolecules, 2011, 44, 7394-7404.
  1. Aqueous Solution Properties of Polyglycidol-based Analogues of Pluronic Copolymers: Influence of the Poly(propylene oxide) Block Molar Mass, Halacheva, S.;Rangelov, S.; Tsvetanov, Ch.; Garamus, V. M.; Macromolecules, 2010, 43, 772-781
  1. Structural Polymorphism Exhibited by Polyglycidol-based Analogues to Pluronic Block Copolymers in Aqueous Solution, Rangelov, S.; Halacheva, S.; Garamus, V. M.; Almgren, M., Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 8885-8894.