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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tony Venelinov

Rector's administrationVice Rector for Information Technology and Innovation

Faculty of Hydraulic Engineering, Department Water Supply, Sewerage, Water and Wastewater Treatment

Faculty of Hydraulic Engineering, Department Лаборатория за анализ на води - Head of laboratory

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tony Venelinov
Office Room A417
Student Hours

MONDAYS: 10:00 - 12:00

E-mail tvenelinov_fhe@uacg.bg
Website orcid.org/0000-0002-4394-6096
Birth Place and Date Vidin, Bulgaria March, 1978


Chemistry in Construction - english-speaking students


 Higher Education, Chemist

Science Interests

 Analytical chemistry of water, Water quality, Laboratory accreditation

Science Activity







 Bulgarian Institute for Standartization, TC Environment

Participation in International Projects

 1. “Novel Biomarkers for Copper Metabolism”

2. “Additional Certification of Pb in Sediment Certified Reference Materials BCR-277R, BCR 280R and BCR-320R”

3. “Re-placement of BCR-144R: Total and Aqua Regia Soluble Content of Trace Elements in Sewage Sludge”

4. "The certification of the total content and aqua regia extractable content of As, Cd, Cr, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni Pb and Zn in loam soil certified reference material ERM®-CC141"

5. "Certification of the mass fractions of various polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), decabrominated biphenyl and total Br and total Sb in two polymer reference materials Certified Reference Materials ERM®-EC590 & ERM®-EC591"

6. "Chemical Status Assessment Methodology Reflecting the Impacts of the Climate Changes on the Status of Surface Water Including Analysis of Chemical Pressure, Impacts, Risks and Status", CONTRACT NUMBER: 7195755 (World Bank)

Academic Positions

 2015 - Professor (associate)

Other Posts and Activities

 Laboratory for Water Analysis - Head

Editor-in-Chief Annual of the UACEG

Guest Editor for Sustainability (MDPI), Special Issue: Sustainable Chemistry in Construction (27.09.2020 – 29.06.2022, submission date: 31.12.2021) 


Guest Editor for Molecules (MDPI), Special Issue: Environmental Analytical Chemistry (16.08.2021 – 26.11.2023, submission date: 30.05.2023)



 1. I. Karadjova, T. Venelinov “ETAAS Determination of AS and Hg in sunflower oil”, Food Additives and Contaminants, 2002, 19: 948-953.

2. T. Venelinov, Ph. Quevauviller “Are Certified Reference Materials really expensive?”, Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 2003, 22: 15-18.

3. T. I. Venelinov, L. J. Harvey, J. R. Dainty, W. J. Hollands, V. J. Bull, S. J. Fairweather-Tait, J. H. Beattie “Measurement of copper absorption by analysis of exchangeable blood plasma copper using 65Cu stable isotope”, 3rd International Conference Instrumental Methods of Analysis, 24-27 September 2003, Thessaloniki, Greece, conference proceedings, 71-74

4. T. I. Venelinov, I. M. Davies, J. H. Beattie “Dialysis - Chelex method for determination of exchangeable copper in human plasma”, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2004, 379: 777-780.

5. T. Venelinov, A. Taneva, I. Karadjova, S. Ganeva “Solid phase extraction of copper-histidine complex prior to exchangeable copper determination in human plasma” Annuaire of Sofia University, Faculty of Chemistry, 2004, 97: 165-171.

6. L. J. Harvey, J. R. Dainty, W. J. Hollands, V. J. Bull, J. H. Beattie, T. I. Venelinov, J. A. Hoogewerff, I. M. Davies, S. J. Fairweather-Tait “Use of mathematical modeling to study copper metabolism in humans”, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005, 81: 807-813.

7. T. Venelinov, S. Arpadjan, I. Karadjova, J. Beattie “Study of copper(II)-histidine complex properties in dialysis of human plasma”, Acta Pharmaceutica, 2006, 56: 105-112.

8. T. Venelinov, A. Sahuquillo “Optimizing reference materials uses and costs in analytical laboratories” Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 2006, 25: 528-533.

9. T. I. Venelinov, J. H. Beattie, J. R. Dainty, W. J. Hollands, S. J. Fairweather-Tait, L. J. Harvey “Stable isotope study of exchangeable copper kinetics in human blood plasma”, J. Trace Elem. Med. Biol., 2007, 21: 138-140.

10. S. Voorspoels, T. Linsinger, A. Birgersson-Liebig, F. Pellizzato, T. Venelinov, A. Lamberty “Towards the first certified reference material for brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polybrominated biphenils (PBBs) in two types of polymers”, Organohalogen Compounds, 2008, 70: 2248-2251.

11. T. P. J. Linsinger, A. Birgersson-Liebich, A. Lamberty, F. Pellizzato, T. Venelinov, S. Voorspoels “Development of the first certified reference materials for several brominated flame retardants in polymers” Anal. Chem., 2009, 81: 3792 - 3800.

12. Sonja Arpadjan, Svetlana Momchilova, Tony Venelinov, Elitsa Blagoeva, Magdalena Nikolova, "Bioaccessibility of Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Pb, and Zn in Hazelnut and Walnut Kernels Investigated by an Enzymolysis Approach", Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2013, 61: 6086-6091.

13. Sonya Dimitrova, Nadejda Taneva, Kapka Bojilova, Vesela Zaharieva, Svetlana Lazarova, Mariana Koleva, Rumen Arsov and Tony Venelinov, "Comparison of spectrophotometric methods using cuvette tests and national standard methods for analysis of wastewater samples", International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, 2013, 5: 482-488.

14. T. Venelinov, "Comparison of ISO 21748 and ISO 11352 standards for measurement uncertainty estimation in water analysis", Ovidius University Annals Series: Civil Engineering, 2016, 18: 187-192.

15. T. Venelinov, "Uncertainty estimation of the determination of chemical sum parameters in water", Accred. Qual. Assur., 2017, 15 (6): 347-353.

16. M. Koleva, T. Venelinov, "Influence of data quality on Wastewater treament plant sizing", Годишник на УАСГ (Annual of the UACEG), 2018, 51 (6):19-26.

17. T. Venelinov "Certification of the total Lead content in sediment materials - the case of BCR 277R, BCR 280R and BCR 320R", Водно дело (Water affairs), 2018, 3/4: 30-35.

18. T. Venelinov "Use of diluted acid mixture for microwave-assisted digestion prior to determination of the total content of Cr, Cu, Mn and Zn within the characterization of certified reference material for sewege sludge ", Водно дело (Water affairs), 2018, 5/6:17-24.

19. I. Angelova, I. Ivanov, T. Venelinov "Study of hexavalent chromium origin in the groundwater of northern Bulgaria", SGEM 2018 Conference proceedings, 18(5.1): 853-860.

20. T. Venelinov "Microwave-assisted digestion of sewege sludge materials for the determination of Cadmium using ETAAS", Годишник на УАСГ (Annual of the UACEG), 2019, 52 (2): 405-412.

21. Yotova, G.; Lazarova, S.; Kudłak, B.; Zlateva, B.; Mihaylova, V.; Wieczerzak, M.; Venelinov, T.; Tsakovski, S. "Assessment of the Bulgarian Wastewater Treatment Plants’ Impact on the Receiving Water Bodies", Molecules, 2019, 24 (12): 2274.

22. I. Angelova, I. Ivanov, T. Venelinov, S. Lazarova, "Occurence of Aluminium in Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Systems", SGEM 2019 Conference proceedings, 19(5.1.): 501-508.

23. I. Angelova, I. Ivanov, T. Venelinov, "Origin of Aluminium in the raw water of Sofia city, Bulgaria", Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 2020, 231 (9): 455.

24. G. Yotova, T. Venelinov, S. Tsakovski, "Chemometric assessment of Bulgarian wastewater treatment plants' effluents, Molecules, 2020, 25 (19): 4408.

25. G. Yotova, S. Lazarova, V. Mihaylova, T. Venelinov, "Water quality assessment of surface waters and wastewaters by traditional and ecotoxicological indicators in Ogosta River, Bulgaria", Int. J. BIOautomation, 2021, 25 (1):25-40., https://doi.org/10.7546/ijba.2021.25.1.000778

26. T. Venelinov, G. Yotova, S. Lazarova, V. Mihaylova, S. Tsakovski, "Impact Assessment of the Wastewater Treatment Plants’ Discharges on Maritsa River", Int. J. BIOautomation, 2021, 25 (2):169-182., https://doi.org/10.7546/ijba.2021.25.2.000823

27. T. Venelinov, V. Mihaylova, R. Peycheva, M. Todorov, G. Yotova, B. Todorov, V. Lyubomirova, S Tsakovski, "Sediment Characterization of the Pchelina Reservoir, Bulgaria", Molecules, 2021, 26 (12):7517., https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26247517

28. T. Venelinov, S. Tsakovski, "How to implement user-friendly BLMs in the absence of DOC monitoring data: A case study on Bulgarian surface waters", Water, 2022, 14 (2):246., https://doi.org/10.3390/w14020246

29. V. Mihaylova, G. Yotova, B. Kudlak, T. Venelinov, S. Tsakovski "Chemometric Еvaluation of WWTPs’ Wastewaters and Receiving Surface Waters in Bulgaria ", Water, 2022, 14 (4):521., https://doi.org/10.3390/w14040521

30. I. Angelova, G. Yotova, V. Mihaylova, T. Venelinov, "Distribution of Aluminium in the water supply system of Sofia city", Int. J. BIOautomation, 2022, 26 (3): 241-254.,  https://doi.org/10.7546/ijba.2022.26.3.000833

31. I. Gorbachev, A. Smirnov, G. Ivanov, I. Avramov, E. Datsuk, T. Venelinov, E. Bogdanova, V. Anisimkin, V. Kolesov, I. Kuznetsova, „Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Arachidic and Stearic Acids as Sensitive Coatings for Chloroform HF SAW Sensors“, Sensors, 2023, 23 (1): 100., https://doi.org/10.3390/s23010100



Technical Reports:

1. T. Venelinov, A. Held

"The Additional Certification of the Pb Mass Fraction in BCR-320R (Channel Sediment)"
EUR 24009 EN, ISBN 978-92-79-13624-5
ISSN 1018-5593, DOI 10.2787/16519

2. T. Venelinov, A. Held

"Can we certify Pb in BCR-277R (estuarine ediment) BCR-280R (lake sediment)"
GE/RM Unit/12/2009/September/10

3. A. Brigersson-Liebich, T. Venelinov, A. Santoro, A. Held

"The certification of the total content and aqua regia extractable content of As, Cd, Cr, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni Pb and Zn in loam soil certified reference materiam ERM®-CC141"
EUR 24486 EU, ISBN 978-92-79-16556-6
ISSN 1018-5593, DOI 10.2787/29622

4. T. Linsinger, A. Birgersson-Liebich, F. Pellizzato, T. Venelinov, S. Voorspoels, A. Lamberty

"Certification of the mass fractions of various polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), decabrominated biphenyl and total Br and total Sb in two polymer reference materials Certified Reference Materials ERM®-EC590 & ERM®-EC591"
EUR 23677 EN, ISBN 978-92-79-11105-1
ISSN 1018-5593, DOI 10.2787/9764

5. A. Santoro, A. Peres, T. Venelinov, A. Oostra, A. Held

"The certification of the mass fraction of the total content and the aqua regia extractable content (ISO 12914 and ISO 11466) of As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn in sewage sludge: ERM®-CC144"

EUR 28012 EN, ISBN 978-92-79-59857-9 (PDF)
ISSN 1831-9424 (online), DOI: 10.2787/264881

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