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Prof. Tarek Said | Environmental Chemistry | Best Researcher Award

Prof Marine Chemistry at National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, NIOF, Egypt

Prof. Tarek Said is a distinguished academic with a profound expertise in analytical chemistry and environmental sciences. His career spans decades of impactful research and extensive teaching experience, contributing significantly to the fields of marine pollution, environmental analysis, and chemistry education.  With a solid educational background including a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Mansoura University, Egypt, Prof. Said has dedicated his career to investigating various aspects of environmental pollution, particularly in marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean and Red Seas. His research has focused on the analysis and remediation of pollutants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and hydrocarbons, aiming to understand their impact on aquatic environments and seafood safety. In addition to his research endeavors, Prof. Said has made substantial contributions to academia through his teaching roles at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has designed and delivered courses ranging from General Chemistry to specialized topics like Environmental Analysis and Advanced Analytical Chemistry. His mentorship of research students and supervision of master’s theses have nurtured numerous scholars in pursuing their academic and scientific aspirations.

Professional Profiles:

📚 Education:

Prof. Tarek Said has built a strong academic foundation through his extensive qualifications in Chemistry. He began his academic journey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, graduating with an Excellent degree from the Chemistry Department at Mansoura University, Egypt, in May 1988. Following this, he pursued postgraduate courses specializing in Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry as part of his preparation for the MSc. degree, which he completed in October 1989, still at Mansoura University. Continuing his academic pursuit, Prof. Said obtained his Master of Science in Chemistry from Mansoura University in July 1992. His master’s thesis focused on the study of oil pollution in the northern part of the Gulf of Suez, reflecting his early research interests in environmental chemistry and analytical techniques. Subsequently, he pursued his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, awarded in January 1997 from the Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Mansoura University. His doctoral research delved into the analytical determination of dissolved petroleum components in seawater, employing a coupling system involving Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).Throughout his educational journey, Prof. Said has demonstrated a commitment to advancing his expertise in analytical chemistry and environmental sciences, laying the groundwork for his subsequent contributions to research and academia.

Teaching  Experience:

Prof. Tarek Said possesses a rich teaching portfolio encompassing a wide array of courses across various levels of undergraduate and postgraduate studies in chemistry. His extensive experience in academia spans several key disciplines, reflecting his commitment to educating future scientists and professionals in the field. At the undergraduate level, Prof. Said has taught foundational courses such as General Chemistry (Chem 101 and Chem 107) tailored for both BSc and Engineering College students. These courses lay the groundwork in basic chemical principles and their applications in engineering contexts, respectively. Additionally, he has imparted knowledge in Analytical Chemistry through courses like Analytical Chemistry (Chem 110), which integrates both general and analytical chemistry concepts. Prof. Said’s expertise extends to specialized topics within chemistry education, including Qualitative Analysis (Chem 241) and Quantitative Analysis (Chem 242, Chem 261), crucial for developing students’ practical skills in laboratory settings. His role in teaching Environmental Analysis (Chem 341) underscores his dedication to preparing students to address contemporary environmental challenges through chemical analysis techniques. Moreover, at the postgraduate level, Prof. Said has contributed significantly to advanced education in chemistry with courses such as Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Chem 541), Spectrophotometry and Electrochemistry (Chem 542), and Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry (Chem 643). These courses are designed to deepen students’ understanding of complex analytical methods and their applications in specialized research areas.

Research :

Prof. Tarek Said has made significant contributions to environmental research, particularly in the fields of analytical chemistry and pollution studies. His research endeavors have spanned various critical areas impacting marine and terrestrial environments, focusing on both the Mediterranean and Red Seas in Egypt. Throughout his career, Prof. Said has investigated and correlated the presence of pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and heavy metals in the Mediterranean and Red Seas. These studies have provided valuable insights into pollution levels and their environmental implications, contributing to the broader understanding of marine ecosystem health. His research has also delved into the detection and discussion of organo-tin and organo-lead compounds in the Egyptian Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea, documented through his M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. Additionally, Prof. Said has conducted bioassay studies to evaluate the efficiency of different oil dispersants, a critical aspect in environmental management and response strategies to oil spills. Another notable contribution includes his work on bio-remedial treatment of organic pollutants using bacteria, highlighting his innovative approach towards mitigating environmental contamination. Prof. Said’s expertise extends to the speciation of heavy metals in various environmental samples, including marine sediment, dust, soil, and biota, employing advanced analytical techniques such as Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detector (GC/FID/ECD) and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). Furthermore, he has utilized UV/V Spectrophotometry for the analysis of inorganic pollutants, demonstrating his proficiency in a wide range of analytical instruments crucial for environmental monitoring and assessment. Prof. Said’s leadership as the supervisor of the central laboratory at the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF) in Alexandria, Egypt, underscores his pivotal role in advancing research capabilities and fostering scientific excellence in environmental sciences.


Prof. Tarek Said has garnered recognition and funding for his extensive research through various awarded projects focused on environmental monitoring and pollution assessment. His involvement in these funded research endeavors has significantly contributed to the understanding and management of environmental issues in Egypt, particularly in marine and aquatic ecosystems. Among his notable achievements, Prof. Said participated in projects such as the analysis of natural treated sewage for potential reuse in fish cultivation, irrigation, and industrial applications at the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF) in Suez. This research, conducted in 1989 and 1991, involved his expertise in analyzing inorganic pollutants critical to assessing water quality and safety for multiple uses. Another significant project included collaboration with the Petroleum Research Institute and Suez Canal University on oil spill dispersants in 1991. Prof. Said’s role focused on bioassay analyses of crude oil and dispersants, which contributed to understanding the effectiveness and environmental impacts of these response measures. From 1992 to 1994, Prof. Said played a pivotal role in the Sea Food Safety and Fish Decontamination project at NIOF, Suez. His responsibilities included determining carcinogenic pollutants in seafood, providing essential data for food safety assessments and regulatory measures. Further advancing his research capabilities, Prof. Said was involved in a collaborative project supported by NIOF, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) from 2000 to 2004. This project focused on the analysis of pesticides, PCBs, and petroleum hydrocarbons in marine samples using advanced GC/FID/ECD techniques, enhancing environmental monitoring capabilities in Egypt.


📚Publications :

Polychlorinated biphenyls and chlorinated pesticides in mussels from the Egyptian Red Sea coast

Authors: A Khaled, A El Nemr, TO Said, A El-Sikaily, AMA Abd-Alla

Year: 2004

Citations: 114

Metal pollution in surface sediments of Abu-Qir Bay and Eastern Harbour of Alexandria, Egypt

Authors: SAAE Ghani, GE Zokm, AA Shobier, TO Said, MA Shreadah

Year: 2013

Citations: 112

Distribution and sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in surface sediments along the Egyptian Mediterranean coast

Authors: A El Nemr, TO Said, A Khaled, A El-Sikaily, AMA Abd-Allah

Year: 2007

Citations: 108

Organochlorine contaminants in water, sediment and fish of Lake Burullus, Egyptian Mediterranean Sea

Authors: TO Said, KM El Moselhy, AAM Rashad, MA Shreadah

Year: 2008

Citations: 84

Distribution and sources of aliphatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in surface sediments, fish and bivalves of Abu Qir Bay (Egyptian Mediterranean Sea)

Authors: KZ El Deeb, TO Said, MH El Naggar, MA Shreadah

Year: 2007

Citations: 66

Determination of hydrocarbons in mussels from the Egyptian Red Sea coast

Authors: A El Nemr, A El-Sikaily, A Khaled, TO Said, AMA Abd-Alla

Year: 2004

Citations: 63

Contamination level and risk assessment of heavy metal deposited in street dusts in Khamees-Mushait city, Saudi Arabia

Authors: AM Idris, FMS Alqahtani, TO Said, KF Fawy

Year: 2020

Citations: 53

Combining multivariate analysis and human risk indices for assessing heavy metal contents in muscle tissues of commercially fish from Southern Red Sea, Saudi Arabia

Authors: KFF Abubakr M. Idris, Tarek O. Said, Ahmed A. Omran

Year: 2015

Citations: 45

Assessment of heavy metals contamination in surface sediments of the Egyptian Red Sea coasts

Authors: MS Masoud, TO Said, G El-Zokm, MA Shreadah

Year: 2012

Citations: 45

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and aliphatics in the coral reef skeleton of the Egyptian Red Sea coast

Authors: A El-Sikaily, A Khaled, A El Nemr, TO Said, AMA Abd-Alla

Year: 2003

Citations: 42

Speciation of organotin compounds in sediments of semi-closed areas along the Mediterranean coast of Alexandria

Authors: MA Shreadah, TO Said, AM Younis, RS Farag

Year: 2006

Citations: 39

Determination of persistent organic pollutants in water of new Damietta harbour, Egypt

Authors: TO Said, MA Hamed

Year: 2006

Citations: 38

Polychlorinated biphenyls and chlorinated pesticides in mussels collected from the Egyptian Mediterranean Coast

Authors: A El Nemr, TO Said, A Khaled, A El Sikaily, AMA Abd-Allah

Year: 2003

Citations: 38


Tarek Said | Environmental Chemistry | Best Researcher Award

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