Dr Mohamed A. Abdallah MSc, PhD, FHEA, MRSC

Dr Mohamed A. Abdallah

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor in Persistent Organic Pollutants / Emerging Contaminants

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Mohamed Abdallah has wide experience in applying mass spectrometric techniques for analysis of trace levels of environmental pollutants in biotic and abiotic matrices including different human tissues. He has particular interest in assessing the risk from human exposure to emerging contaminants using various exposure and pharmacokinetic models. Abdallah is also actively engaged in microplastics research.

Dr Mohamed Abdallah is part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics.


PhD Environmental Chemistry- University of Birmingham, UK. 2010
MSc Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry- Assiut University, Egypt. 2003
BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences- Assiut University, Egypt. 2000


Abdallah makes a significant contribution to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in EVS and EHS, including fieldwork. He is currently module leader for:

  • 36220 LH Pollution Impact and Environmental Management
  • 28766 LM Chemical and Biological Incident Management

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Abdallah welcomes e-mail enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.
Abdallah has supervised 16 PhD students to the successful completion of their PhD degree at Birmingham. Currently, he is supervising 10 PhD students in GEES and Biosciences.

Other activities

  • Associate editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Environmental Research journal (IF = 6.498).
  • Editorial board member of Toxics and Emerging Contaminants journals.
  • Sits on the exposure panel for the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and regularly contributes to the IARC monograph series.
Dr. Abdallah has advised several policy and governance bodies on issues related to exposure and risk assessment of POPs and emerging contaminants including Health Canada, UK CoT, DEFRA and EU EFSA CONTAM panel.


Recent publications


Abafe, O, Harrad, S & Abdallah, M 2024, 'Assessment of human dermal absorption of flame retardant additives in polyethylene and polypropylene microplastics using 3D human skin equivalent models', Environment International, vol. 186, 108635. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2024.108635

Zahm, S, Bonde, JP, Chiu, WA, Hoppin, J, Kanno, J, Abdallah, M, Blystone, CR, Calkins, MM, Dong, G-H, Dorman, DC, Fry, R, Guo, H, Haug, LS, Hofmann, JN, Iwasaki, M, Machala, M, Mancini, FR, Maria-Engler, SS, Møller, P, Ng, JC, Pallardy, M, Post, GB, Salihovic, S, Schlezinger, J, Soshilov, A, Steenland, K, Steffensen, I-L, Tryndyak, V, White, A, Woskie, S, Fletcher, T, Ahmadi, A, Ahmadi, N, Benbrahim-Tallaa, L, Bijoux, W, Chittiboyina, S, De Conti, A, Facchin, C, Madia, F, Mattock, H, Merdas, M, Pasqual, E, Suonio, E, Viegas, S, Zupunski, L, Wedekind, R & Schubauer-Berigan, MK 2024, 'Carcinogenicity of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid', The Lancet Oncology, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 16-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(23)00622-8

Namazkar, S, Ragnarsdottir, O, Josefsson, A, Branzell, F, Abel, S, Abdallah, M, Harrad, S & Benskin, JP 2024, 'Characterization and dermal bioaccessibility of residual- and listed PFAS ingredients in cosmetic products', Environmental Science Processes and Impacts . https://doi.org/10.1039/d3em00461a

Olagoke, OM, Oluseyi, TO, Njoku, KL, Harrad, S & Abdallah, MA-E 2024, 'Human Biomonitoring of Novel Brominated Flame Retardants: A Review on Invasive and Non-Invasive Biomarkers', Emerging Contaminants. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emcon.2024.100378

Ma, Y, Stubbings, WA, Jin, J, Cline-Cole, R, Abdallah, MA-E & Harrad, S 2024, 'Impact of Legislation on Brominated Flame Retardant Concentrations in UK Indoor and Outdoor Environments: Evidence for Declining Indoor Emissions of Some Legacy BFRs', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 58, no. 9, pp. 4237-4246. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.3c05286

Licul-Kucera, V, Ragnarsdóttir, O, Frömel, T, van Wezel, AP, Knepper, TP, Harrad, S & Abou-Elwafa abdallah, M 2024, 'Interspecies comparison of metabolism of two novel prototype PFAS', Chemosphere, vol. 351, 141237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2024.141237

Ma, Y, Stubbings, WA, Cline-Cole, R, Abdallah, MAE & Harrad, S 2024, 'Rising concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in Nigerian foodstuffs despite global restrictions', Emerging Contaminants, vol. 10, no. 1, 100264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emcon.2023.100264

Eastwood, N, Zhou, J, Derelle, R, Abdallah, MA-E, Stubbings, WA, Jia, Y, Crawford, SE, Davidson, TA, Colbourne, JK, Creer, S, Bik, H, Hollert, H, Orsini, L & Weigel, D 2023, '100 years of anthropogenic impact causes changes in freshwater functional biodiversity', eLife, vol. 12, RP86576. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.86576.1, https://doi.org/10.7554/elife.86576

Ma, Y, Konecna, E, Cline-Cole, R, Harrad, S & Abdallah, MA-E 2023, 'Are UK E-waste recycling facilities a source of environmental contamination and occupational exposure to brominated flame retardants?', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 898, 165403. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.165403

Cattley, RC, Kromhout, H, Sun, M, Tokar, EJ, Abdallah, MA, Bauer, AK, Broadwater, KR, Campo, L, Corsini, E, Houck, KA, Ichihara, G, Matsumoto, M, Morais, S, Mráz, J, Nomiyama, T, Ryan, K, Shen, H, Toyoda, T, Vähäkangas, K, Yakubovskaya, MG, Yu, IJ, Debono, NL, De conti, A, El ghissassi, F, Madia, F, Mattock, H, Pasqual, E, Suonio, E, Wedekind, R, Benbrahim-Tallaa, L & Schubauer-Berigan, MK 2023, 'Carcinogenicity of anthracene, 2-bromopropane, butyl methacrylate, and dimethyl hydrogen phosphite', The Lancet Oncology, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 431-432. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(23)00141-9

Waiyarat, S, Boontanon, SK, Boontanon, N, Harrad, S, Drage, DS, Abdallah, MAE & Santhaweesuk, K 2023, 'Concentrations of Tetrabromobisphenol-A and hexabromocyclododecane in Thai child daycare centre dust and the exposure risk for young children', Emerging Contaminants, vol. 9, no. 3, 100229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emcon.2023.100229

Gbadamosi, MR, Al-Omran, LS, Abdallah, MAE & Harrad, S 2023, 'Concentrations of organophosphate esters in drinking water from the United Kingdom: Implications for human exposure', Emerging Contaminants, vol. 9, no. 1, 100203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emcon.2023.100203

Onoja, S, Abdallah, MAE & Harrad, S 2023, 'Concentrations, spatial and seasonal variations of Organophosphate esters in UK freshwater Sediment', Emerging Contaminants, vol. 9, no. 3, 100243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emcon.2023.100243

Ragnarsdóttir, O, Abdallah, MA-E & Harrad, S 2023, 'Dermal bioaccessibility of perfluoroalkyl substances from household dust; influence of topically applied cosmetics', Environmental Research, vol. 238, 117093. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2023.117093

Review article

Wang, S, Jin, J, Ma, Y, Stubbings, WA, Gbadamosi, MR, Abdallah, MA-E & Harrad, S 2024, 'Organophosphate triesters and their diester degradation products in the atmosphere: A critical review', Environmental Pollution, vol. 346, 123653. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2024.123653

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