Dr. Svetlana Mintova


Head of Clear CenterDr. Svetlana Mintova

Svetlana Mintova is currently Director of Research (1st class) at the FRENCH CNRS, LCS, Normandy University, France and also an Invited Professor in China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China.

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Seeing the Clear Center finally coming to life fills me with happiness. It represents the concretization of several years of hard work and perfectly embodies my conception of research on zeolite materials: a center of excellence bringing together all the necessary expertise to further advance the field
Dr. Svetlana Mintova
Head of Clear Center

About Dr. Svetlana Mintova

Dr. Svetlana Mintova is a French/Bulgarian scientist, working at the LCS in Caen, France as a CNRS researcher since 2006. Her research mainly focuses on porous materials and physical chemistry with expertise in the synthesis of zeolites, advanced characterizations and their applications in catalysis, separation, chemical sensors, membranes and biomedicine. Svetlana’s hard work throughout her career makes her one of the most productive and respected scientists in the field of zeolitic materials.

The excellency in her research and achievements have earned her several prestigious awards.


The novelty and originality of Dr. Mintova multidisciplinary research in the synthesis and application of nanosized zeolites has been recognized internationally with sevral prestigious awards :

  • the Baron Axel Cronstedt Award by the European Zeolite Associations Federation (FEZA) in 2014,
  • the Donald Breck Award by the International Zeolite Association (IZA) in 2016,
  • the “Le Prix La Recherche Chimie” France in 2016,
  • the Shandong International Science and Technology Cooperation Award in 2019.
  • the “ERC Advanced Grant” European Research Council in 2022.
Institutional responsabilities

2022 – 2025                     President of the International Zeolite Association (IZA)

2021 – 2024                     President of the Federation of the European Zeolite Associations (FEZA)

2021 – 2025                     Member of the National Commission (NC) – CNRS, section 14 and Council Member of the NC

2022 – 2027                     Research Director of the Sino-French IRN, CNRS – China Academy of Science

2021 – present                Member of the Scientific Committee of LCS, Normandy University

2017 – 2022                     Research Director of the Sino-French International Laboratory, CNRS – China Academy of Science LIA « Zeolites »

2018 – 2020                     Member of selection Committee of the French National Science Foundation, ANR CES08 – Inorganic materials and processes (France)

2010 – present                Promoter of the PhD students and member of PhD and Habilitation (HDR) committees (Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, France, Malaysia, Thailand, UK)

2016 – 2022                     Advisory Board : International Zeolite Conference (IZC), Euro-Asia Zeolite Conferences, Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA)

2009 – present                Organizer of the Seminar, LCS, Normandy University (Caen, France)

2007 – 2009                     Organizer of the Seminar, LMPC, University of Upper Alsace (UHA), (Mulhouse, France)

1999 – 2006                     Organizer of the Seminar, Department of Physical Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU), (Munich, Germany)

Research and Publications

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Memberships of scientific societies

– 2019 – present Council member International Zeolite Association (IZA)
– 2016 – present
Council member of the European Zeolite Association (FEZA)
– 2016 – 2022
    Council member of French Zeolite Society (GFZ)
– 2013 – present
Chair of the “Synthesis Commission” International Zeolite Association (IZA)


  HDR (Habilitation to conduct researches and supervise students)
University of Upper Alsace, Mulhouse, France

  Habilitation, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), Sofia, Bulgaria
  Ph.D. in Chemistry, Department of Physical Chemistry, Technological University of Sofia, Bulgaria
  M.Sc. in Chemistry, Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Metallurgy, Technological University of Sofia, Bulgaria