M'hamed Chahma

M'hamed Chahma

Full Professor

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Science, Engineering and Architecture
S-515, Science Building Sudbury Campus


M’hamed Chahma earned his BSc. in Chemistry at Ibn Zohr University (former Cadi Ayyad). He obtained his Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) and his Ph.D. degree from Paris Diderot University (Paris 7, France) in Electrochemistry. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia) and a research associate in several Canadian institutions. He joined the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada) in 2006 as associate professor and has been full professor of chemistry since 2013. His research interests lie between physical organic chemistry and surface modifications using conducting materials.


  • PhD in Electrochemistry-University Denis-Diderot (Paris 7, France)
  • MSC (DEA) in Electrochemistry-University Denis-Diderot (Paris 7, France)
  • Bachelor in Chemistry-University Ibn-Zohr (Agadir, Morocco)​

Academic Appointments

Full professor


1- Indirect electrode surface modifications via oxidative electropolymerization

2- Electrochemical/Biological polymer sensors

3- Radical functionalized oligo/polythiophenes


  • Publications

    Selected publications:

    J. G. Ibanez, M. E. Rincon, S. Gutierrez-Granados, M. Chahma, O. A. Jaramillo-Quintero, and B. A. Frontana-Uribe. “Conducting Polymers in the Fields of Energy, Environmental Remediation, and Chemical–Chiral Sensors”

                              Chem. Rev.  2018, 118, 4731-4816.

    S. Almubayedh and M. Chahma, “Electro-synthesis and characterization of verdazyl radical functionalized oligo/polythiophenes”

                              New J. Chem. 2015, 39, 7738-7741. Letter

    K. M. Koczkur, E. M. Hamed,  M. Chahma, D. F. Thomas and A. Houmam, “Electron Transfer Initiated Formation of Covalently Bound Organic Layers on Silicon Surfaces”

                            J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014. 118, 20908–20915.

    Chahma, M; McTiernan, M.D.; Abbas, S. A.; “Characterization of phenomena occurring at the interface of chiral conducting surfaces”.

                               New. J. Chem. 2014. 38, 3379-3385.  Inside front cover for August issue

    McTiernan, M.D.; Abbas, S. A.; Chahma, M. “Organic surface modification using stable conducting materials”.

                               New. J. Chem. 2012. 36, 2106–2111.

    McTiernan, M. D.; Chahma, M. “Chiral conducting surfaces based on the electropolymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene”.

                              Synth. Met. 2011, 161, 1532-1536.

    McTiernan, M. D.; Omri, K.; Chahma, M. “Chiral conducting surfaces via electrochemical oxidation of L-leucine-oligothiophenes”.

                              J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 6096-6103.

    Chahma, M.; Li, X.; Phillips, L. P.; Schwartz, P.; Brammer, L. E.; Wang, T.;  Tanko, J. M. “Activation/driving force relationships for cyclopropylcarbinyl homoallyl-type rearrangements of radical anions”. 

                J. Phys. Chem. A. 2005, 109, 3372-3382.

    Chahma, M.; Combellas, C.; Thiébault, A. “Delocalized nitrogen carbanions in SRN1 reactions”.

               J. Org. Chem. 1995, 60, 8015-8022.