Nathalie Hayeck

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Program Coordinator, Chemistry

Dr. Nathalie Hayeck is an assistant professor of chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences at the Lebanese American University. She received her PhD from Aix-Marseille University where she worked on indoor air quality in microelectronic cleanrooms. In 2015, she started working as a research associate at the Institute for Research on catalysis and Environment of LYON (IRCELYON) where she focused on finding new pathways to explain the production of volatile organic compounds from abiotic interfacial photochemistry. After that, Dr. Hayeck joined the American University of Beirut to assess the volatile organic compounds generated by electronic nicotine delivery systems. Also, she studied urban air quality in Lebanon.

Dr. Hayeck has also lectured at several universities in France and Lebanon teaching analytical chemistry, instrumentation, and environmental chemistry courses.

Research Interests

Dr. Hayeck is an atmospheric analytical chemist specialized in chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques. She is interested in studying interfacial reactivity and atmospheric photochemistry. In addition, her research aims to develop analytical methodologies based on mass spectrometry which targets the analysis of volatile organic compounds in different environments/matrices (indoor, outdoor, electronic nicotine delivery systems, air-water interface, microelectronic cleanroom, etc).    

SDGs Research Mapping

Dr. Nathalie Hayeck conducts research relevant to the following SDGs:


Selected articles

  1. Nathalie Hayeck, Carl Zoghzoghi; Ebrahim Karam; Rola Salman; Nareg Karaoghlanian; Alan Shihaded, Thomas Eissenberg, Salah zein El Dine; Najat A. Saliba. Carrier solvents of electronic nicotine delivery systems alter pulmonary surfactant. Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00528
  2. Nathalie Hayeck, Ibrahim Moussa, Sébastien Perrier, Christian George. Production of peroxy radicals from the photochemical reaction of fatty acids at the air-water interface. ACS Earth Space Chem., 2020, 4:8, 1247-1253
  3. Nicolás Zabalegui, Malena Manzi, Antoine Depoorter, Nathalie Hayeck, Marie Roveretto, Chunlin Li, Manuela van Pinxteren, Hartmut Herrmann, Christian George, and María Eugenia Monge, Seawater Analysis by Ambient Mass Spectrometry-Based Seaomics and Implications on Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2020, 20, 6243-6257
  4. Xinke Wang, Rachel Gemayel, Nathalie Hayeck, et al. Atmospheric Photosensitization: A New Pathway for Sulfate formation, Environ. Sc. Technol., 2020, 54, 3114-3120 7
  5. Xinke Wang, Nathalie Hayeck, Martin Brüggemann, Matthieu Riva, Buwei Wang, Jianmin Chen, Christian George, Lin Wang, Chemical characteristics and brown carbon (BrC) chromophores of atmospheric organic aerosols over the Yangtze River channel: a cruise campaign, J. Geophys. Res., 2020, DOI: 10.1029/2020JD032497
  6. Milena Ponczek, Nathalie Hayeck, Corinne Emmelin, Christian George. Heterogeneous photochemistry of dicarboxylic acids on mineral dust. Atmos. Chem., 2019, 212, 262-271.
  7. Martin Brüggemann, Nathalie Hayeck, Christian George. Interfacial photochemistry is a global source of organic vapors and aerosol particles. Nature Communications 2018, 9:2101, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04528-7. 12
  8. Martin Brüggemann*, Nathalie Hayeck*, Chloé Bonnineau, Stéphane Pesce, Peter Alpert, Sébastien Perrier, Christoph Zuth, Thorsten Hoffmann, Christian George. Interfacial photochemistry of biogenic surfactants: a major source of abiotic volatile organic compounds. Faraday Discussions, 2017, 200, 59-74.
  9. Nathalie Hayeck, Brice Temime-Roussel, Sasho Gligorovski, Aurélie Mizzi, Rachel Gemayel, Sabrine Tlili, Philippe Maillot, Nicolas Pic, Thomas Vitrani, Irène Poulet, Henri Wortham. Monitoring of organic contamination in the ambient air of microelectronic cleanroom by Proton-Transfer Reaction / Time-of-Flight / Mass Spectrometry (PTR-ToF-MS). Int. J. Mass. Spectrom., 2015, 392, 102-110.
  10. Nathalie Hayeck, Sasho Gligorovski, Irène Poulet, Henri Wortham. Validation of thermodesorption method for analysis of semi-volatile organic compounds adsorbed on wafer surface. Talanta, 2014, 122, 63-69.

Publication in edited book

  • Christian George, Martin Brüggemann, Nathalie Hayeck, Liselotte Tinel, and D. James Donaldson. Interfacial Photochemistry. Physical Chemistry of Gas-Liquid Interfaces (1st edition), Elsevier, 2018.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Environmental Chemistry, 2015, Aix-Marseille University, France
  • MS in Analytical Chemistry, 2011, Lebanese University, Lebanon
  • BS in Chemistry, 2009, Lebanese University, Lebanon