Electrochemical Sensors based on Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) and nanomaterial development is my main research area, and I would like to explore more applications in environmental monitoring and food safety. KAUST has the best research facilities that will allow me to put forward my research work.
Abdellatif Ait Lahcen Post Doctoral Fellow, Electrical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Synthesis, characterization, and applications of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers
  • Development of Electrochemical Sensors
  • Conducting Nanostructured Materials
  • Environmental Monitoring


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Honors & Awards

  • Best oral communication, Second edition of doctoral day, Faculty of Science & Technology, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco 2017
  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing for Elsevier Biosensors and Bioelectronics Journal

Education Profile

  • PhD –in Analytical Chemistry, Hassan II University of Casablanca (Morocco).
  • MSc – In Chemistry and Valorization from Hassan II University of Casablanca.
  • Bachelor in Chemistry, Ibn Zohr University of Agadir

Abdellatif Ait Lahcen is currently working as Postdoctoral fellow at Sensors Lab, CEMSE, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Education and early career

Before joining KAUST, I was performing my Research at department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Cadiz, Spain as well as in Laboratory of Process Engineering and Environment at Hassan II University of Casablanca in Morocco. I received my Ph.D degree in Analytical Chemistry March 2018 from Faculty of Science and Technology, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco. I was member of a research group working on the development of novel electrochemical sensors based on nanostructured materials and molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for environmental applications. During my PhD program, I was involved in the European Project “Sensing toxicants in Marine waters makes Sense using biosensors” (SMS) Grant Agreement N°613844. I was involved also in many collaborative research projects with the University of Western Cape (South Africa), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in Barcelona (Spain), the University of Cadiz (Spain), the University of Sousse (Tunisia) and the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy).

Research Interests

Abdellatif's research interests are focused in developing biomimetic sensors based on MIPs and highly conducting nanostructured materials, characterization and application of the electrochemical sensors in environmental monitoring.


  • Abdellatif Ait Lahcen, Juan José García-Guzmán, Jose Maria Palacios-Santander, Laura Cubillana-Aguillera, and Aziz Amine. "Fast route for the synthesis of decorated nanostructured magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers using an ultrasound probe." Ultrasonics sonochemistry (2019). In press, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultsonch.2019.01.008
  • Abdellatif Ait Lahcen, and Aziz Amine. "Recent Advances in Electrochemical Sensors Based on Molecularly Imprinted Polymers and Nanomaterials." Electroanalysis 31.2 (2019): 188-201. https://doi.org/10.1002/elan.201800623
  • Abdellatif Ait Lahcen, Fabiana Arduini, Florigio Lista, and Aziz Amine. "Label-free electrochemical sensor based on spore-imprinted polymer for Bacillus cereus spore detection." Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 276 (2018): 114-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2018.08.031
  • Abdellatif Ait Lahcen, Abd Almonam Baleg, Priscilia Baker, Emmanuel Iwuoha, and Aziz Amine. "Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of nanostructured magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers for 17-β-estradiol determination." Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 241 (2017): 698-705. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2016.10.132
  • Alejandro Zamora-Gálvez*, Abdellatif Ait-Lahcen*, Luiza A. Mercante, Eden Morales-Narváez, Aziz Amine, and Arben Merkoçi. "Molecularly imprinted polymer-decorated magnetite nanoparticles for selective sulfonamide detection." Analytical chemistry 88, no. 7 (2016): 3578-3584. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b04092 (*equal author)