Professor of Chemistry,  School of Chemistry

Program LeaderNovel Chemistry ResearchCentre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM)

Chair of the Steering CommitteeTrace Analysis for Chemical, Earth and Environmental Sciences (TrACEES) Platform


PhD (Analytical Chemistry), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), 1988

BSc and MSc (Chemistry), University of Sofia (Bulgaria), 1982

Academic Career Summary

Spas Kolev joined the School of Chemistry of The University of Melbourne in 2001 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003, Associate Professor and Reader in 2006, and Professor in 2011. Before joining The University of Melbourne, Spas Kolev worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Sofia, Bulgaria (1988 – 1990 and 1992-1996) and as a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Chemical Analysis, University of Twente, The Netherlands (1990 – 1992) and the Department of Chemistry of La Trobe University, Australia (1996 – 2001).


Environmental Chemistry Medal of the Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2017)
Max O’Connor Prize of La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (2017)
The Grimwade Prize in Industrial Chemistry (The University of Melbourne) (2012)
The Medal of the Japanese Association for Flow Injection Analysis (2010)
Lloyd Smythe Medal of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2009)
Ronald Belcher Memorial Award, Pergamon Press (1988)

Membership of Professional Societies

Fellow of the The Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria
Member of the Membrane Society of Australia

Membership of Journal Editorial Boards

Founding Editor-in-Chief of Membranes (MDPI) (2010 – present)
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Chemical Sciences (GSTF) (2013 – present)
Editorial Board member of Analytica Chimica Acta (Elsevier) (2014 – present)
Editorial Board member of Talanta (Elsevier) (2010 – present)
Editorial Board member of Environmental Modeling and Assessment (Springer) (1996 – present)
Editorial Board member of Sensors (MDPI) (2001 – present)
Editorial Board member of Challenges (MDPI) (2010 – present)
Editorial Board member of International Journal of Analytical Chemistry (Hindawi) (2008 – present)


List of publications

Google Scholar citation record

Grants, Contracts and Consultancies

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