Angela Pinzón

Senior Technical Adviser

Angela Pinzón

Dr Angela Pinzón holds a BSc in Microbiology, an MSc in Analytical Chemistry, an MSc in Chemistry, and a PhD in Environmental Chemistry. She is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry (SETAC). 

Before joining ITOPF, Angela worked on projects aimed at linking the chemistry and toxicity of oil refining waste, and evaluating low-cost clean-up methods for toxic waste from the oil sector. She has also worked on projects related to chemical diversity in marine organisms, and has actively participated in the recovery of coral populations in the Caribbean. She also has extensive experience as a scientific translator.

Angela joined ITOPF in 2019 and is coordinator of the ITOPF R&D Award..


English (Fluent)

Spanish (Native)

ITOPF Working Groups

Angela is a member of the HNS Working Group and the Waste Management Working Group.

Published papers

Pinzón-Espinosa, A. 2023. Lecciones aprendidas del derrame de petróleo en el Perú en 2022: el rol de la planeación y la cultura en una gestión efectiva. País de Mares (14), pp 28 - 33.

Pinzón-Espinosa, A.; Collins, T.J.; Kanda, R. 2021. Detoxification of oil refining effluents by oxidation of naphthenic acids using TAML catalysts. Science of the Total Environment (784): 147148

Pinzón-Espinosa, A., Kanda, R. 2020. Naphthenic acids are key contributors to toxicity of heavy oil refining effluents. Science of the Total Environment (729): 138119.

Pinzón-Espinosa, A.; Kanda, R. 2018. Unravelling the chemistry behind the toxic effects of refining wastewater: Characterization and remediation. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Meeting on Environmental Toxicology and Biological Systems, London, UK, 4-5 October 2018.

Pinzón-Espinosa, A.; Martínez-Matamoros, D.; Castellanos, L.; Duque, C.; Rodríguez, J.; Jiménez, C.; Ramos, F. 2017. Cereusitin A, a cyclic tetrapeptide from a Bacillus cereus strain isolated from the soft coral Antillogorgia (syn. Pseudopterogorgia) elisabethae. Tetrahedron Letters, 58(7), pp 634 – 637.