Samira Ibrahim Korfali

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Contact information (private)

961 1 753295
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961 3 568415
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Contact information (work)

Natural Science Department at the Lebanese American University
Postal code: 
Chouran, Beirut 1102 2801
961 1 786456 Ext. 1224
961 1 867098
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Doctorate degree, Environmental Geochemistry, 1999, Bradford University, United Kingdom.
Master's degree, Physical Analytical Chemistry, 1974, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Bachelor degree, Chemistry, 1971, Lebanese American University [previously Beirut College for Women], Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Chemistry
Metal Sediment Water Interaction
Water Assessment
Noise Pollution
Metal Speciation
Science and Technology

Work history

Chairperson of the Natural Science Department, 2006 - present, Lebanese American University.

Associate Professor, 1978 - present, , Chemistry Department, Lebanese American University.

Chemistry Instructor, 1982 - 1983, Hariri Nursing School-Kfrafalos.

Chemistry Instructor , 1977, Lebanese University, Education Department

Research Assistant, 1974 - 1975, Environmental Science Department/School of Public Health, American University of Beirut.

Honorary office and memberships

Member of the European Water Resources Association, 2009 - present.

Member of the Lebanese Association for the Advancement of Science, 2008 - present.

Member of the Lebanese Graduates of British Universities, 2000 - present.

Member of the Society of Environmental Geochemistry and Health – European Branch, 1997 - present.


Publications highlights: 
  • Korfali, S. (2009). Provision of safe domestic water for the promotion and protection of public health: A case study of Beirut, Lebanon. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 31, 283–295, DOI 10.1007/S10653-008-9218-1.
  • Korfali, S. (2006). Variation of metals in bed sediments of Qaraaoun Reservoir, Lebanon. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 151, 307-319.
  • Korfali, S. (2005). Seasonal variation of trace metal chemical forms in bed sediments of a karstic river in Lebanon: implications for self- purification. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 27, 385-395.
  • Korfali, S. (2003). Assessment of community noise problem in Greater Beirut Area, Lebanon. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 84, 203-218.
  • Korfali, S. (1994). Chemistry basic concepts. Beirut, Lebanon : Le Pointier.
Major achievements: 
  • Discussion leader of Role Model Series: Scientist, the World Economic Forum (WEF) for the sessions on Science and Technology, 2009.
  • Received Research Acknowledgment from PubMed International Journal Publishers, 2008.

Awards and Distinctions

Said Akl Prize, 2001.