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Zahra Alaji

Zahra Alajizahra


I am a hard working Ph.D. student at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) specializing in Inorganic Chemistry.



Born: 1980/12/29          Nationality: Iranian        Marital Status: Single


Present position

2011 to Present Ph.D. student of Inorganic Chemistry.Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Zanjan, Iran.


Thesis title: Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Complexes of o-Aminophenol Non-innocent Ligands and Investigation of Their Catalytic Properties.



  • Alaji, E. Safaei, L. Chiang, R.M. Clarke, C. Mu, and T. Storr, A New Copper Complex of a Non-innocent Iminophenol-Amidopyridine Hybrid Ligand: Synthesis, Characterization, and Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014 (2014) 6066.
  • Khatamian, Z. Alaji, Efficient adsorption-photodegradation of 4-nitrophenol in aqueous solution by using ZnO/HZSM-5 nanocomposites, Desalination 286 (2012) 248.
  • Khatamian, Z. Alaji, A. A. Khandar, Synthesis and characterization of polycrystalline ZnO/HZSM-5 nanocomposites, J. Iran. Chem. Soc. 8 (2011) 44.

Research Interests

  • Bio-inspired catalysis (Biomimetic oxidation reactions based on oxygen activation)
  • Development of new catalysts for using of CO2, as the raw material for green chemistry
  • C-H functionalization reactions catalyzed by base transition metals
  • Supported catalysts and host/guest materials including immobilized metal complex, as the models for metalloenzymes




2005 to 2008 M.Sc. student of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran.Thesis title: Encapsulation of  ZnO Nanoparticles inside ZSM-5 Zeolite and their Photocatalytic Activity Investigations in 4-nitrophenol Degradation
2000 to 2004 B.Sc. Student of Applied Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran. 

Research experience: Preparation of polyaniline/poly(butyle acrylate-vinyle acetate) composite and investigation of its mechanical and electrical properties


Relevant graduate courses passed/attended in Ph.D.

Bioinorganic chemistry

  • M. Roate-Malone, “Bioinorganic Chemistry”, John Wiley, 2007.
  • J. Lippard, J. M. Berg, “Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry”, Mill Valley.
  • Bertini, H. B. Gray, S. J. Lippard, J. S. Valentine, ” Bioinorganic Chemistry”, Mill Valley, 1994.
  • B. Kraatz, N. M. Nolte, “Concepts and Models in Bioinorganic Chemistry”, Wiley, 2006.

Catalytically Reactions

  • A. Sheldon, J. K. Kochi, “Metal-Catalyzed Oxidation of Organic Compounds”, Academic Press, 1981.
  • Meunier, “Biomimetic Oxidations catalyzed by Transition Metal Complexes”, Imperial College Press, 2000.

Inorganic Polymers

  • E.Mark, H. R. Allcock, R. West,” Inorganic Polymers”, Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Chandrasekhar,” Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers”, Springer, 2005.


  • Tilley,” Crystals and Crystal Structures”, John Wiley, 2006.


  • J. Klabunde, R. M. Richards,” Nanoscale Materials in Chemistry”, Wiley, 2009.
  • G. A. Mansoori,” Principles of Nanotechnology”.

Bonding Theories

  • A. Cotton,” Chemical Applications of Group Theory”, Wiley, 1971.
  • N. Figgis, M. A. Hitchman,” Ligand Field Theory and Its Applications”, Wiley, 2000.
  • L. Miessler, D. A. Tarr,” Inorganic Chemistry”.





Conferences and seminars attended

May  2008    

October  2008

1st International Conference on Zeolite, Amirkabir university, Tehran, Iran 


2nd International congress on nano-science and nano-technology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran.


May  2009 

September 2014

11th Iranian Inorganic Chemistry Conference, Esfahan university, Esfahan, Iran. 

16th Iranian Inorganic Chemistry Conference, Bu-Ali Sina university, Hamedan, Iran.



Relevant skills and experiences


  • Scientific software
  • Mercury (good)
  • Operating systems
  • Windows (good)
  • Others
  • Graphics software (Photoshop, good)
  • Chem Office (experienced)
  • Microsoft Office (experienced)


  • UV/Vis spectrophotometry
  • Gas Chromatography
  • FT-IR spectrometer


  • Teacher Assistant: Spectroscopy in Inorganic Chemistry (Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan)
  • Teacher Assistant: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan)

Field work

         2008 to 2011       Tabriz Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries (Laboratory Expert)


  • English: good
  • Farsi : native
  • Turkish: mother language

Interests and Hobbies

  • I do interest in Iranian classic literature, especially Hafez, Molavi.
  • My hobbies are watching movie, listening music and cooking.
  • Doing aerobic exercise, walking, jogging, and swimming are my favorites.


  • Elham Safaei

Department of Chemistry, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Zanjan, Iran

  • Thesis Supervisor
  • Email:
  • T: (+98) 24 3315 3200


  • Tim Storr

         Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Michael Smith Foundation for   

                      Health Research Scholar, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5A-1S6,Canada

  • Email:
  • T: (+1) 778.782.8657


  • Massumeh Khatamian

       Department of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

  • Email:
  • T: (+98) 411 339 3129


  • Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour

        Department of Chemistry, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS),   

        Zanjan, Iran

  • Email: mmnajafpour @iasbs. ac. ir
  • T: (+98) 24 3315 3201


1st Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Catalysis

The 1st Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Catalysis was organized by Prof. Aiwen Lei from the Wuhan University, China and held at the College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences of Wuhan University from 5th-10th October, 2015. It was hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies of Wuhan University and financed by the Chinesisc-Deutsches Zentrum Fur Wissenschaftsforderung. Prof. Matthias Beller, Director at the Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse gave the opening remarkers. 25 presentations were given by Chinese experts and 14 presentations were given by German experts. A total of more than 200 participants attended, including about 140 students and young scientists from the Wuhan University and other universities of China as well as leading experts from China and German.


Prof Xiang Zhou, the dean of College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, said welcome to all the participants in this meeting on the opening ceremony. Prof Zhou said this meeting would not only promote the research development of catalytic fields, but also enhance the communication between German and China. As the German representative, Prof Matthias Beller also gave a welcome remark to all the people. He said the sustainable catalysis plays a more and more important role in our daily life. This meeting will be an important issue to the development of sustainable catalysis. We hope this meeting will enhance the communication of the scientist between German and China. After the welcome remark, Prof Matthias Beller gave an excellent lecture entitled “Sustainable Chemistry with Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts: Which Ones are Better”.

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After the 3 days meeting, Prof Aiwen lei from Wuhan University gave a summary on the closing ceremony. Prof Lei said that the presentations, all of which were of extremely high quality, covered a wide range of topics around homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, as well as the mechanism studies of catalysis. In particular the exploration of searching for the efficient catalytic system and the special catalyst which can promote improve the Efficiency of catalysis. These are paid significant attention both in China and in German.


This symposium was well timed to introduce each other on the present status and upcoming plans. It greatly enhanced the mutual understanding of the capabilities and interests for further work on each side. It will form the basis for more intense future exchange and possibly even collaboration on the mission level. The most important meaning was to enhance and establish personal ties scientists in Germany and China. All participants agreed on the extreme usefulness of this symposium and express their sincere thanks to the organizers.