Orlin Velev Ph.D.

Position Department / Business Unit
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Institution Disciplines
North Carolina State University Engineering
City State / Provence
Raleigh North Carolina
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Dr. Orlin Velev studies and develops nanostructures with electrical and photonic functionality, biosensors and microfluidic devices.

He has been the first to synthesize "inverse opals", one of the most widely studied types of photonic materials today. He also pioneered principles for microscopic biosensors with direct electrical detection, discovered novel types of self-assembling microwires and designed new microfluidic chips.

After graduating in 1996 accepted a postdoctoral position with Profs. Eric Kaler and Abraham Lenhoff at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware. He initiated there an innovative program in colloidal assembly and was promoted to research faculty in 1998. In 2001 formed his new research group as an assistant and presently associate professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University. He has contributed more than 70 publications, which have been cited more than 2500 times, and has been invited speaker at 26 major conferences, and at many universities and companies.


He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, while also spending one year as a researcher in Nagayama Protein Array Project in Japan.

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