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Irina Karadjova

Email: Karadjova@chem.uni-sofia.bg

Phone: + 359 2 8161356

Fax: + 359 2 9625 438

Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski”

Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

1164 Sofia, 1 James Bourchier Blivd.


  • M. Sc. – cybernetics, University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”
  • Ph.D – Analytical chemistry, University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski

Professional Experience

  • Professor , analytical chemistry, University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”, 2012 -
  • Associate professor, analytical chemistry, University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”, 2004-2012.
  • Chief Assistant professor, analytical chemistry, University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”, 1992-2012.
  • Assistant professor, analytical chemistry, University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski””, 1987-1992.

Specializations and Visiting Researcher at:

  • 2007–2008 Visiting scientist, EPFL Lausanne, Swiss – Black sea ecotoxicity assessment. Bioanalogical sensors for Black sea water monitoring.
  • 2005 Exchange programme, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, Ales, France – Development of Screening for quality control of surface waters.
  • 2003–2004 Research scientist, CNR, Pisa, Italy – Hydride generation in the analysis of beverages.
  • 2001–2002 Research scientist, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey – Fractionation and determination of chemical species of Zn, Cu and Fe in wines.
  • 1996–1997 - Research scientist, Department of Analytical chemistry, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece – Development of analytical procedure for the determination of microelements in olive oils and its implementation in analytical practice.

Research Interests

  • Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy.
  • Speciation analysis.
  • Methods for separation and concentration.
  • Analysis of environmental samples, biological samples, food samples and beverages. Development of analytical procedures.
  • Ecolegislation.

Selected Publications (max 5)

  1. V. Slaveykova, I. Karadjova, M. Karadjov, D. Tsalev. “Trace metal speciation and bioavailability in surface waters of the Black sea coastal area evaluated by HF-PLM and DGT”, Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (2009) 1798-1803.
  2. I. Dakova, P. Vasileva, I. Karadjova, M. Karadjov, V. Slaveykova. “Solid phase extraction and diffusive gradients in thin films techniques for determination of total and labile concentrations of Cd(II), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Pb in Black sea water”, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 91 (2011) 62-73.
  3. E. Mladenova, I. Dakova, I. Karadjova. “Chitosan membranes as sorbents for trace lements determination in surface waters, Environmental science and pollution research18 (2011) 1633-1643.
  4. T. Yordanova, I. Dakova, K. Balashev, I. Karadjova, “Polymeric ion-imprinted nanoparticles for mercury speciation in surface waters”, Microchemical Journal, 113, (2014) 42-47.
  5. T. Yordanova, P. Vasileva, I. Karadjova, D. Nihtianova, “Submicron silica spheres decorated with silver nanoparticles as a new effective sorbent for inorganic mercury in surface waters”, Analyst, 139 (2014) 1532-1540.

List of Publications

Project Activity – (Research Projects in the last 5 years)

  • Traditional Bulgarian Wines – characteristics and identification №ФНИ Б 02/217, NSF, Leading scientist, 2014-2016.
  • Analysis and evaluation of chemical status of surface waters, Operational program Environment, Ministry of Environment and Water, Leader and key expert, 2014-2015.
  • Nanosorbents for laboratory control of quality control and safety of environment and food. (NANOSORPLAB) ДФНИ-T01/5 , NSF, Participant, 2012-2014.
  • New materials as sorbents for separation and concentration of trace pollutants in food, beverages and environmental samples, Bilateral project Bulgaria/India, 05/3, NSF Leader, 2013-2016.
  • Water Frame Directive in Bulgaria,– chemical/ecological aspects ДДВУ-02/77, NSF, Leader, 2010-2014
  • Evaluation and implementation of Environmental Quality Standards for chemical status of surface waters, Operational program Environment, Ministry of Environment and Water, Leader and key expert, 2010-2011

Teaching Activity

Period from - to Discipline Specialty
2001- Analytical chemistry Nuclear chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Moderm materials Chemistry and Informatics
2002-2012 Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy All specialities
2004-2012 Ecochemistry of Soils Ecochemistry
2013- Modern problems of chemical analysis Chemistry
2013- Ecolegislation Ecochemistry
2001-2004 Analysis of geological samples Geology


External Scientific Service Activities

Member of Editorial Board of:

  • Macedonian Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Reviewer of Manuscripts for:

  • Microchemical Journal
  • Microchimica Acta
  • Talanta
  • Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Food Control
  • Journal of Environmental Analytical chemistry