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