Dr. Ivanka Dakova studied Chemistry at the Sofia University, Bulgaria and graduated as MS in 1984. She received her PhD degree in polymer science from the Sofia University, in 1994. In 1999, she joined the Laboratory of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy in Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Sofia University. In 2012, she obtained the position of an Associate Professor. Her major research interests are focused on the preparation and application of ion imprinted polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid materials for separation and preconcentration of trace elements and speciation analysis.