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Chemistry Research

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
December 22, 2019

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Riyadh, KSA (Visit visa)


D.O.B. 25/07/1987

Lebanese, Married

●2015 - 2019 (4 years), International, French and Lebanese Baccalaureate Chemistry Instructor, International College IC, Beirut-Lebanon

Teaching IB chemistry courses (Standard and High levels) - supervising research work, IAs (Internal Assessments) and EEs (Extended Essays).

●2014-2015 (1 year), Freelance Translator/Author (Academic books), GEO project-All Prints, Lebanon

●2010-2013, (3 years) Research Scientist in Nuclear and Coordination Chemistry- CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives), Marcoule-France

Project objectives: Using several analytical and spectroscopic techniques, especially EXAFS, to study the interaction, reactivity and local environment around actinides and lanthanides complexed to a range of phosphate ligands including Adenine nucleotides.

●2010-2013: Doctorate delivered by L'Ecole Doctorale sciences chimiques Balard de Montpellier, Montpellier II University, France. Major: Separation chemistry, materials and processes: Application to the nuclear fuel cycle

●2009-2010: Master II in Organic Chemistry, Ecole Doctorale de Sciences et Technologies, Lebanese University, Lebanon

●2009-2010: Teaching Diploma and Master I in Molecular Chemistry, Faculty of sciences, Lebanese University, Lebanon

●2005-2008: Bachelor of Science in general chemistry, Faculty of sciences, Lebanese University, Lebanon


- Spectroscopic techniques: EXAFS, 1H and 31P NMR, FTIR, ESI-MS, UV-Visible

- Experimental techniques: Working with radioactive materials under glove box conditions, solvent-solvent extraction, re-crystallization, pressing pellets, Column chromatography, and thin layer chromatography


- English (fluent), French (fluent), Arabic (first language)

On the structure of thorium and americium adenosine triphosphate complexes. Sarah Mostapha, Fabien Fontaine-Vive, Laurence Berthon, Christophe Den Auwer (2014), International Journal of Radiation Biology, 90:11, 966-974,

On the use of X ray Absorption Spectroscopy to elucidate the structure of lutetium adenosine

mono and triphosphate complexes. S. Mostapha, C. Berthon, F. Fontaine-Vive, M. Gaysinski, L. Guérin, D. Guillaumont, L. Massi, I. Monfardini, P. L. Solari, O. P. Thomas, M. C. Charbonnel, C. Den Auwer. Anal.Bioanal.Chem, DOI 10.1007/s00216-013-7053-4

Actinide Complexation with Biomimetic Phosphorylated Molecules. S. Safi, M. C. Charbonnel, G. Creff, A. Jeanson, S. Mostapha, J. Roques, E. Simoni, P. Solari, C. Vidaud, C. Den Auwer.

MRS proceedings, 2012.

The role of phosphorous biochemistry in actinide human contamination. Claude Berthon, Marie Christine Charbonnel, Gaëlle Creff, Fabien Fontaine Vive, Domnique Guillaumont, Aurélie Jeanson, Sarah Mostapha, Lei Qi, Jérôme Roques, Samir Safi, Pier Lorenzo Solari, Claude Vidaud, Eric Simoni, Christophe Den Auwer, Actinide 2013, Karlsruhe-Germnay

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Dear Sir or Mam

I am a PhD graduate from Montpellier II University, in the nuclear and coordination chemistry field. During my PhD, I was a member of the doctoral program in the department of modelling and separation chemistry processes at CEA-Marcoule (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives).

My research area specializes in the use of EXAFS to study the interaction between actinides and lanthanides and phosphorylated bioligands. I have been teaching as an IB, Lebanese and French Bac chemistry instructor at IC (International College of Beirut). So, in order to fulfil my passion towards this field of chemistry, I decided to apply, for such position.

During my studies, I have used EXAFS (SOLEIL Synchroton-Saclay) supported by a range of other spectroscopic techniques (NMR, FTIR, UV-Vis…) to study the interaction and local structure of radioelements (Americium, Uranyl and Thorium) and lanthanides (La, Nd, Yb, Lu) complexed with Adenine nucleotides under glove box conditions. I have accomplished this work in a nuclear laboratory within a multinational team. I have a strong background in coordination, organic and bioinorganic chemistry, and spectroscopic techniques that could be useful to your department and I have the ability to work in multidisciplinary fields. I am a trilingual person (English-French-Arabic), and currently I am learning Spanish and I am always willing to learn a new language. As a member of your team, I can provide technical skills to solve research problems and I am enthusiastic about research and enjoy working in a highly diverse and collaborative environment. I am a self-motivated scientist and a quick to learn new techniques and committed to deliver high quality work meeting the deadlines.

I would be happy to submit any additional materials at your request and I look forward to hearing from you.


Sarah Mostapha

Chemistry Instructor

Bilingual: English-French

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