Dr Maya Al Sid Cheikh

Dr Maya Al Sid Cheikh

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD in Geochemistry
MSc. Analytical Chemistry
MSc. Oceanography
BSc. in Chemistry

Professional membership

Associate Member (AMRSC) - Royal Society of Chemistry

Research interests

New contaminant organic and inorganic

Grants & contracts


Mobility Fellowship, The Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom, 2019, £5,000

Cost-Action ES1205

Standardisation of TEM characterisation method for nanoparticles detection in the environment,  Zurich, EAWAG, ETHZ, Switzerland 2016/02 - 3,500€

PhD Fellowship

French minister PhD award ,  Rennes, Geosciences, France, 2012/10 – 72,000€


Best oral communication

15thSaint-Lawrence chapter, Montreal, Quebec - Canada  2011/06 – 600$CA

Excellence Award

Most successful athletes, UQAR, Quebec - Canada2009/06 – 800$CA


Grant (advisor) -  Quantification of tyre wear as a source of microplastics to aquatic environments, DEFRA  £200,000

✤     Advisor on chemical analysis, experimental design, extraction and compounds characterisation

Named researcher on  highlight topics  NERC-grant:   

     ✤    Emerging risks from microplastics in the marine environment, project MINIMIZE

M. Al-Sid-Cheikh, S.J. Rowland, K. Stevenson, C. Rouleau, T. Henry and R. C. Thompson. Uptake, distribution and depuration of nano-plastics by the scallop Pecten maximus, at environmentally realistic concentration in seawater. Environmental Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b05266 

C Lanctôt, M Al-Sid-Cheikh,A I Catarino, T Cresswell, B Danis, H K Karapanagioti, T Mincer, F Oberhänsli, P Swarzenski, I Tolosa, M Metian. Application of nuclear techniques to environmental plastics research. J Environ Radioact192:368–375.

Guenet, H., Davranche, M., Vantelon, D., Pédrot, M., Al-Sid-Cheikh, M., Dia, A., & Jestin, J. (2016). Evidence of organic matter control on As oxidation by iron oxides in riparian wetlands. Chemical Geology, 439, 161–172.
Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.06.023 

Maya Al-Sid-Cheikh, Mathieu Pédrot, Martine Bouhnik-Le Coz, Aline Dia, Mélanie Davranche, Chrystelle Neaime, and Fabien Grasset. (2015) Robust Method Using Online Steric Exclusion ChromatographyUltraviolet-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry To Investigate Nanoparticle Fate and Behavior  in Environmental Samples . Analytical chemistry. 87 (20), 10346-10353.

M. Pédrot, A. Dia, M. Davranche, S. Martin, Maya Al-Sid-Cheikh, and Gruau, G. Unravelling the fate of arsenic  during re-oxidation of reduced wetland waters: Experimental constraints and environmental  consequences . (2015) Comptes Rendus Geoscience(0). 
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crte.2015.03.002

Maya Al-Sid-Cheikh , M. Pédrot, A. Dia, H. Guenet, D. Vantelon, M. Davranche, G. Gruau, T. Delhaye (2015)  Interactions between natural organic matter, sulfur, arsenic and iron oxides in re-oxidation compounds  within riparian wetlands: NanoSIMS and X-ray adsorption spectroscopy evidences. Science of the Total  Environment , 515–516(0), 118-128. 
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.02.047

Maya Al-Sid-Cheikh , C. Rouleau, E. Pelletier: (2013) Tissue distribution and kinetics of dissolved and nanoparticulate silver in Iceland scallop (Chlamys islandica). Marine environmental research 02/2013. 
doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2013.02.003

Maya Al-Sid-Cheikh , E. Pelletier, C. Rouleau (2011) Synthesis and characterization of [(110m)Ag]-nanoparticles  with application to whole-body autoradiography of aquatic organisms . Applied radiation and isotopes:  including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine 10/2011;  69(10):1415-21 . 
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.06.017


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