American University of Beirut

Najat Saliba


Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry

Departent of Chemistry
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
American University of Beirut
Office: Chemistry; Room: 508
Phone: +9611350000 ext. 3992


  • Ph.D. (1999) from University of Southern California 
  • M.Sc. (1994), from California State University, Long Beach


  • Atmospheric chemistry: Mass and chemical speciation of coarse and fine particles indoors and outdoors. 
  • Study of air pollutants involving the measurement of the levels, diurnal, and seasonal variations of low carbonyls, CO, SO2, and O3 in Lebanon.
  • Development of new analytical techniques for the determination of i) toxic components in arghileh smoke, and ii) thymoquinone; a preventive anti-cancer food additive, in blood.
  • Bioprospection research as part of the Initiative of Biodiversity Studies in Arid Regions (IBSAR): Extraction and identification of biologically active components isolated from several Lebanese endemic plants that have been known by folk medicine to have medicinal usage. 
  • Extraction and identification of the chemical profile of essential oils from plants of high commercial value.

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