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Diana Cholakova, Ph.D. Candidate
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Diana Cholakova, Ph.D. Candidate

Research interests:

Emulsions and Emulsification
Optical microscopy
Phase Behavior of Droplets upon Cooling




1. Efficient Self-Emulsification via Cooling-Heating Cycles. S. Tcholakova, Z. Valkova, D. Cholakova, Z. Vinarov, I. Lesov, N. D. Denkov, K. Smoukov. Nature Comm., 8 (2017) 15012; doi: 10.1038/ncomms15012

2. Theory of Shape-Shifting Droplets. P. A. Haas, R. E. Goldstein, S. K. Smoukov, D. Cholakova, N. Denkov. Phys. Rev. Lett., 118 (2017) 088001; doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.088001

3. "Self-Shaping" of Multicomponent Drops. D. Cholakova, Zh. Valkova, S. Tcholakova, N. Denkov, S. K. Smoukov. Langmuir 33 (2017) 5696−5706. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01153

4. Mechanisms and Control of Self-Emulsification upon Freezing and Melting of Dispersed Alkane Drops. Zh. Valkova, D. Cholakova, S. Tcholakova, N. Denkov, S. K. Smoukov. Langmuir 33 (2017) 12155−12170; doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02048



1. The Secret Life of Drops. D. Cholakova, BBC Knowledge (Bulgaria) 74 (2016) 44–49.

2. On the Mechanism of Drop Self-Shaping in Cooled Emulsions. N. Denkov, D. Cholakova, S. Tcholakova, S. Smoukov. Langmuir 32 (2016) 7985–7991.

3. Control of Drop Shape Transformations in Cooled Emulsions. D. Cholakova, N. Denkov, S. Tcholakova, I. Lesov, S. K. Smoukov. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 235 (2016) 90–107.



1. Self-Shaping of Oil Droplets via the Formation of Intermediate Rotator Phases upon Cooling. N. Denkov, S. Tcholakova, I. Lesov, D. Cholakova, S. K. Smoukov. Nature 528 (2015) 392–395.