JAC BNP is a nonprofit organization for public benefit founded by three institutions - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" (the largest and the best research and educational institution in Bulgaria, it is the only Bulgarian university included in the prestigious QS World University Ranking) , the Institute of Bio and Nano Photonics (nonprofit organization for public benefit established by world well-established scientists which are leaders in the JAC BNP research areas, whose vision is to contribute to the reform and development of the research environment in Bulgaria to the level of excellence); Center for Innovative Technologies - nonprofit organization for public benefit established by experts and entrepreneurs with experience in the interdisciplinary R&D, and technology transfer areas ). The real need for active participation of established world scientists in national research institutions has been taken into account. For this purpose, in 2016 the "Institute for Bio and Nano Photonics" was founded and most of its founders were prominent scientists of Bulgarian origin. The first step of the association was the appointment of leading world researchers at the Association for preparation and conducting of scientific research in compliance with the visions of the National Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation 2014-2020, as well as Horizon 2020. The research to be performed in pursuit of JAC BNP’s grand goals will be organized in 8 major areas of interdisciplinary research (A-H). The main scientific direction and specific projects and tasks of each research area will be coordinated by at least two world-leading scholars and one of them will be from a well-established research intuition abroad.

The Centre includes 67 researchers, 5 entrepreneurs with strong experience and knowledge in the translation of research knowledge to new technologies and start-up companies. There are also 5 specialists in project management able to provide legal advice, finance management, accounting and building expertise. The researchers directly involved in the research program of the Centre have published 984 papers in peer-reviewed refereed journals during the program term 2011-2015 and have been cited >9833 times during the same period, while the total number of citations exceeds >65,000. The researchers in the team have published in top-ranked journals, including numerous publications in Nature and Science, as well as in other renowned journals. The number of publications in Nature and Science over the period 2011-2015 is 27. Over the program evaluation period 2011-2015, the participants in the project team also led successfully research and investment programs with a total funding exceeding 200 million euros (400 million BGN). Out of these 25 million euros (50 million BGN) have been in donor research programs. The basic center structure, research plans, projects and planned operation is fully in line with the objective of building a research infrastructure responding to the challenges of science and technology of the 21st century.




Accomplishment of independent fundamental scientific research, industrial research activities or experimental development and/or dissemination of the results in wide range, via education, publications and knowledge transfer;


Cooperation of the scientific workers and researchers, needed for creation of scientific research and educational environment in the country, where scientific knowledge and technologies are spreading freely;


Partnership in realization of regional-innovative projects and encouragement of conducting scientific research activities;


Increase of the role of the scientific research activities and innovative technologies in the industry;


Partnership in the international scientific experience exchange;


International practice exchange contribution in the scientific research activities and innovative technologies, and also in the industry and household and throughout the country;


Support for the professional and personal realization of scientific workers and researchers within the country;


Participation in accomplishment of different projects in the area of the fundamental scientific and industrial research activities or experimental development.

Areas of Research:

Bio and Nano Photonics is an emerging field of research located at a strategic crossroad where life science, physics, chemistry, engineering and nanotechnology meet. These five closely interacting areas provide a relevant multi-disciplinary background, as well as timely motivations for the development of designers light tools at ultimate time and space scales. Exploratory and fundamental investigations related to extreme laser light and matter interactions in organic, inorganic and in organic-inorganic hybrid systems, enabled by recent technological breakthroughs, are now increasingly at the focus of bio and nano photonics leading to a large number of discoveries. The Center works on 8 thematic areas:
List of research areas. A (DNA repair) B (Coherent X-ray Design and 5D Imaging) C (Light Diagnostics and Imaging of living matter) D (Laser-assisted functionalization and assessment of biomaterials) E (Laser Medical and Biological Reasearch) F (Photobiomodulation) G (Biosensing) H (Ultrafast Biophotonics and Life Science)


Research Labs

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    Molecular Cell Biology Lab
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    DNA Рepair, Genomic Сtability, Cancer and Genetic Deceases Labs
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    Coherent X-ray Labs
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    Biomedical Laser Application Lab
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    Raman Imaging Lab
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    Biosensing Lab
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    Opto-Acoustic Imaging and Light Diagnostics Lab
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    Femto-pico-nano-second Dynamics Lab
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    Laser Development Lab

Utility Labs

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    Chemical Preparation Lab
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    Instrument Fabrication Facility
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    Electronics Facility
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    Computing Facility



METAsurfaces for ultraFAst light STructuring (METAFAST)

The METAFAST project aims to develop a novel class of synthetic nonlinear optical materials, or metamaterials, as a disruptive platform enabling unprecedented ultrafast dynamical control over polarization and wavefront of light. In particular, we will develop ultracompact all-optical modulators capable of faster than ever structuring of the spin and orbital angular momentum (SOAM) of light beams. Such ultrafast optical modulation offers an exceptionally robust method for the encoding of digital information in free space optical links, being also resistant to eavesdropping thanks to topological protection.

More about the project at: https://www.metafast-h2020.eu

More projects on the way


List of publications

Metafast publications 2021

  • Discovering of the L ligand impact on luminescence enhancement of Eu(Dibenzoylmethane)3.Lx complexes employing transient absorption spectroscopy

    Authors: Stanislav S. Stanimirov, Anton A. Trifonov, Ivan C. Buchvarov

    Publication: Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, Volume 258, 2021, 119832 (by Elsevier)

    DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2021.119832


Next publications coming soon.


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    Creation of scientific capacity for submitting applications for Operational Programs ”SESG” 2014-2020 and Frame Program for scientific research and innovations “Horizon 2020”;

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    Announcement of the organization activities within the territory of Republic of Bulgaria;

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    Creation of contacts with other institutions with similar activities for gathering of knowledge;

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    Creation of contacts with other institutions, including educational, with similar activities for exchange of information for cooperative realization and partnership;

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    Creation of contacts with other institutions with similar activities for exchange of experience and consulting with experts and specialists in the areas of activity of the organization;

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    Participation in conferences, meetings and etc in the area of the scientific research and innovative technologies;

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    Creation of contacts with government and district institutions for helping and solving problems in the area of science and education;

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    Submitting applications for programs and project realization via European Union funds , as well as via other funding organizations and financial institutions.


Leading scientists

Leading scientists & united scientific capacity


Contact with us

logo „John Atanasoff“ Center for Bio and Nano Photonics (JAC BNP) is a nonprofit organization for public benefit founded by three institutions - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", the Institute of Bio and Nano Photonics; and the Center for Innovative Technologies at Sofia, Bulgaria.

The vision of the founders is that in an intimate partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology and Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", this new Center will evolve into a national scientific institution with a leadership position at a national and at a global level. At its birth, each major area of scientific research is designed to be coordinated by at least two world leading scholars.

town Sofia 1164
st. James Baucher 5, Faculty of Physics,
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
for Assoc. Prof. Ivan Bachvarov

Е-mail: bionano.ph.ja@gmail.com
Phone: +35928161744