Dr Maya Al Sid Cheikh

Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry
+44 (0)1483 686844
37 AZ 03


Areas of specialism

Radiochimistry; Analytical Chemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Ecotoxicology; Oceanography

University roles and responsibilities

  • Deputy Radioprotection supervisor (RPS)
  • Leader of the 'Applied RadioIsotope & Environmental Laboratory' (ARIEL)

    My qualifications

    PhD in Geochemistry
    University of Rennes 1, France
    MSc Oceanography Speciality Ecotoxicology
    University of Quebec at Rimouski, Canada
    MSc. in Environmental Analytical Chemistry

    Research project done in LPTC/EPOC University Bordeaux 1
    University of Toulon, France
    BSc. in Physics and Chemistry
    University of Poitiers, France

    Affiliations and memberships

    Associate Member (AMRSC)
    Royal society of chemistry


    Research interests


    Postgraduate research supervision




    M Al-Sid-Cheikh, M., Rowland, S. J., Kaegi, R., Henry, T. B., Cormier, M.-A., & Thompson, R. . C. (2020). Synthesis of 14C-labelled polystyrene nanoplastics for environmental studies. Communications Materials, 1(1), 97. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43246-020-00097-9 * selected as ‘one of the editors favorite papers’ of the year

    Knight, L. J., Parker-Jurd, F. N. F., Al-Sid-Cheikh, M., & Thompson, R. C. (2020). Tyre wear particles: an abundant yet widely unreported microplastic? Environmental Science and Pollution Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-08187-4.


    M Al-Sid-Cheikh, C Rouleau, D Bussolaro, C Oliveira Ribeiro, E Pelletier (2019) Tissue Distribution of Radiolabeled 110m Ag Nanoparticles in Fish: Arctic Charr ( Salvelinus alpinus )​. Environmental Science & Technology. 53, 12043−12053. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b04010

    M Al-Sid-Cheikh, M Pédrot, A Dia, M Davranche, L Jeanneau, P Petitjean, M Bouhnik-Le Coz, M-A Cormier, F Grasset (2019) Trace element and organic matter mobility impacted by Fe3O4-nanoparticle surface coating within wetland soil​. Environmental Science: Nano. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9en00565j


    M Al-Sid-Cheikh, S J Rowland, K Stevenson, C Rouleau, T B Henry, and R C Thompson (2018) Uptake, Whole-Body Distribution, and Depuration of Nanoplastics by the Scallop Pecten maximus at Environmentally Realistic Concentrations. Environmental Science & Technology 2018 52 (24), 14480-14486. https://doi.org/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 Radioact 192:368–375. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2018.07.019


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


    M Al-Sid-Cheikh, M Pédrot, M Bouhnik-Le Coz, A Dia, M Davranche, C Neaime, and F Grasset. (2015) Robust Method Using Online Steric Exclusion Chromatography-Ultraviolet-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry To Investigate Nanoparticle Fate and Behavior in Environmental Samples. Ana. chem. 87 (20), 10346-10353. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02413 

    M Pédrot, A Dia, M Davranche, S Martin, M 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 

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


    M Al-Sid-Cheikh, C. Rouleau, E. Pelletier (2013) Tissue distribution and kinetics of dissolved and nanoparticulate silver in Iceland scallop (Chlamys islandica). Mar. Environ. Res. 86, 21-28 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2013.02.003 


    M Al-Sid-Cheikh, E. Pelletier, C. Rouleau (2011) Synthesis and characterization of [(110m)Ag]-nanoparticles with application to whole-body autoradiography of aquatic organisms. Appl. Radiat. Isot. 69(10):1415-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.06.017 *12e of the 25-best article of the year