Head of the Environmental Magnetism laboratory, Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium - Chair of COST Action TD1402
Dr. Simo Spassov received his diploma in Environmental Geophysics in 1998 and his PhD in 2002 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland). During his PhD he specialised in magnetic properties of natural materials and continued in this this field during Post-doctoral and research sojourns at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France) and the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium. At the latter, he is working since 10 years and became recently the Head of the Environmental Magnetism laboratory. Beside his native tongues German and Bulgarian, he speaks English, French and Dutch. Simo Spassov’s research activities are mainly related to the application of mineral magnetic property measurements to environmental issues such as reconstructions of palaeoclimatic proxy parameters, characterisation and dating of burned archaeological materials, and soil pollution. Driven by scientific curiosity, he discovered a great interest in the application of magnetic methods for cancer treatment. Recently, he successfully managed to set up an interdisciplinary COST network, in order to achieve a breakthrough in the clinical application of magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia by concentrating European research efforts.