Bulgarian Institute of Solid State Physics
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences














Union of the Physicists in Bulgaria

Created 18.7.2011
Updated 24.11.2022

10.02.1951 – 14.07.2011

Born in Asenovgrad


He finished secondary school in his native town (1969)

Marin Mitov wined first prise on the International secondaty school physics competition in Brno, Czesh Republic (1969) and becam student without exams in the Sofia University.

He finished magister degree in nuclear physics (1974)

Marin Mitov was Ph.D student of Prof. Alexander Derzhanski in the Department of Solid State Physics of the Sofia University (01.01.1977 - 30.06.1980).


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marin Mitov worked in the area of soft matter physics. He was one of the co-founder of gradient flexoelectric effect

He is creator of the computer set in the Institute of Solid State Physics

Professional experience:

In the research group of Liquid crystals at the Institute of Solid State Physics, BAS (1980 - 2011) he became research ²² rank (1982), ² rank (1985) and Assoc. Prof

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marin Mitov was head of the Laboratory of „Liquid crystals” (1998–2011)

He was deputy director of the ISSP - BAS (1995–1999)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marin Mitov was one of the creators of the Bulgarian - French Laboratory „Vesicles and Membranes”


  1. A. Derzhanski, M. Mitov, Chr. Khinov, Piezoelectric Deformation of Liquid Crystal Layer in a Slightly Non-homogeneous Electric Field, Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci. (27), 453 (1974)

  2. A. Derzhanski, M. Mitov, Statistical Characteristics of a Deformed Liquid Crystal Layer in a Slightly Nonhomogeneous D. C. Electric Field, Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci. (28) 1331 (1975)

  3. A. Derzhanski, A. G. Petrov, M. Mitov, One Dimensional Dielectric-Flexoelectric Deformations in Nematic Layers, Journal Pysics (Paris) (39) 273 (1978)

  4. A. G. Petrov, M. Mitov, A. Derzhanski, Saddle Splay Instability in Lipid Bilayers, Physics Letters (65A) 374 (1978)

  5. M. Mitov, Third and Fourth Order Elasticity of Lipid Bilayers, Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci. (31) 513 (1978)

  6. A. Derzhanski, A. G. Petrov, M. Mitov, Molecular Asymmetry and Saddle-Splay Elasticity in Lipid Bilayers, Ann. Phys. (3) 297 (1978)

  7. A. Derzhanski, H. Hinov, M. Mitov, A Bulk Flexoelectric Effect in a Wedge like Nematic Liquid Crystal Layer, Acta Phys. Polonica, A55, 567 (1979)

  8. J.-F. Faucon, M. Mitov, P. Meleard, I. Bivas, P. Bothorel, Bending Elasticity and Thermal Fluctuations of Lipid Membranes. Theoretical and Experimental Requirements, J. Physique (50) 2389 (1989)

  9. I. Bivas, L. Bivolarski, M. Mitov, A. Derzhanski, Correlations between the form fluctuation modes of flaccid quasispherical lipid vesicles and their role in the calculation of the curvature elastic modulus of the vesicle membrane. Numerical results, J. Phys. II France (2) 1423 (1992)

  10. L. Fernandez-Puente, I. Bivas, M. Mitov, P. Meleard, Temperature and Chain Length Effects on Bending Elasticity of Phosphatidylcholine Bilayers, Europhys. Lett. (28) 181 (1994)

  11. P. Meleard, C. Gerbeaud, T. Pott, L. Fernandez-Puente, I. Bivas, M. Mitov, J. Dufourcq, Bending elasticities of modified membranes: Influences of temperature and sterol content, Biophys. J. (72) 2616 (1997)

  12. I. Bivas, V. Vitkova, M. Mitov, M. Winterhalter, R. Alargova, P. Méléard, P. Bothorel, Mechanical Properties of Lipid Bilayers, Containing Grafted Lipids, Perspectives in Supramolecular Chemistry, vol. 6, Giant Vesicles, Ed. P. L. Luisi and P. Walde, (John Willey & Sons Ltd., 2000) Chapter 14, pp 207-219

  13. V. Vitkova, J. Genova, M. Mitov, I. Bivas, Mechanical Properties of Lipid Mono- and Bilayers in the Presence of Small Carbohydrates in the Aqueous Phase, C. R. Acad. Bulg. Sci. 57 (6) (2004)

  14. J. Genova, V. Vitkova, L. Aladgem, M. Mitov, The stroboscopic illumination gives new opportunities and improves the precision of the bending elastic modulus measurement, J. Optoel. Adv. Mater. 7 (1), pp. 257-260 (2005)

  15. J. Genova, A. Zheliaskova, M. Mitov, The influence of sucrose on the elasticity of SOPC lipid membrane studied by the analysis of thermally induced shape fluctuations, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, v. 282-283, pp. 420-422 (2006)

  16. V. Vitkova, J. Genova, M. Mitov, I. Bivas, Sugars in the aqueous phase change the mechanical properties of lipid mono- and bilayers, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. (449) pp. 95–106 (2006)

  17. J. Genova, A. Zheliaskova, M. Mitov, Monosaccharides (fructose, glucose) and disaccharides (sucrose, trehalose) influence the elasticity of SOPC membranes, J. Optoel. Adv. Mater. 9 (2) pp. 431-434 (2007)

  18. K. Antonova, V.Vitkova, M. Mitov, Deformation of giant vesicles in AC electric fields – dependence of the prolate-to-oblate transition frequency on vesicle radius, Europhysics Letters (89) 38004 (2010)

  19. J. Pavlic, J. Genova, G. Popkirov, V. Kralj-Iglic, A. Iglic, M. Mitov, Mechanoformation of neutral (SOPC) giant phospholipid vesicles in high ionic strength solution (PBS), Chemical Physics Lipids (164) 727-731 (2011)


  1. In memory of Marin Dimitrov Mitov (1951-2011), Bulgarian Journal of Physics, 39 (1) (2012)

  2. A tribute to Marin D. Mitov, Advances in Planar Lipid Bilayers and Liposomes (17) 2-368 (2013)