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Dr. Zahra Mazloomi

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Research interests

– Organic and organometallic synthesis

– Development of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts and reaction kinetics

– Sustainable production of monomers and polymers form renewables 

– Biomass valorization and polymer recycling 

– Small molecule activations 

– Techniques: NMR, FT-IR, UV-Vis, GC, Chiral GC, HPLC, GC-MS, ESI-MS, EA, X-Ray, TGA, SEC (GPC), DSC, Rheology


Curriculum vitae and education

May 2022 – present

Postdoctoral Fellow in the CAT Catalytic Center at ITMC, RWTH-Aachen, Germany 

September 2020- April 2022

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Leibniz Institute of Catalysis (LIKAT) in collaboration with Henkel Company, Rostock, Germany 

Area: Catalytic conversion of renewable resources and platform chemicals into monomers for polymers, synthesis of biomass derived thermoset and their recycling process

May 2018 – May 2020

Postdoctoral fellow at ChimieParisTech Institute, PSL University, Paris, France 

Area: Catalytic polymerization, biodegradable thermoplastics, thermosets and biocomposites

February 2016- April 2016

Visiting stay at Bern University, Bern, Switzerland

October 2012- July 2017

Ph.D. Student at Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), URV University, Tarragona, Spain

Area: Organofluorine chemistry, organic and organometallic chemistry, ligand design, homogeneous catalysis, asymmetric catalysis, water oxidation, mechanistic study

October 2007- July 2010

Master Student at Persian Gulf University, Bushehr, Iran 

Area: Inorganic and organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry, homogeneous catalysis


Selected publications 

01) Effect of ligand chelation and sacrificial oxidant on the integrity of triazole-based carbene iridium water oxidation catalysts. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 12337.

02) Ir/thioether-carbene, -phosphinite and -phosphite complexes for asymmertric hydrogenation. A case for comparison. Organometallics.

2019, 38, 4193.

03) Phosphite-oxazoline ligands for Pd-catalyzed intermolecular asymmetric Heck reactions: Mechanistic insights. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2018, 360, 1650. (Selected for inside cover picture of the Journal)

04) Triazolylidene Iridium Complexes for Highly Efficient and Versatile Transfer Hydrogenation of C=O, C=N and C=C Bonds and for Acceptorless Alcohol Oxidation. Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 11282. 

05) Synthesis, Hemilability, and Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation Activity of Iridium(III) and Ruthenium(II) Complexes Containing Oxygen-functionalised Triazolylidene Ligands. J. Organomet. Chem. 2017, 845, 196.

06) Trifluoromethylation and Pentafluoroethylation of Vinylic Halides 

with Low-Cost RfH-Derived CuRf (Rf = CF3, C2F5). Synlett 2015, 26, 45. (Cluster on Progress in Organo-Fluorine Chemistry)

07) Continuous Process for Production of CuCF3 via Direct Cupration of Fluoroform. Org. Process Res. Dev. 2014, 18, 1020. (Special Issue: Fluorine chemistry 14, among top 10 articles)

08) Organoplatinum (II) Complexes Containing Chelating or Bridging Bis(N-Hetrocyclic Carbene) Ligands: Formation of a Platinum(II) Carbonate Complex by Aerial CO2 Fixation. Dalton Trans. 2011, 40, 9362. (Selected for front cover picture of the Journal)

09) Cyclometalated Cluster complex with a Butterfly-Shaped Pt2Ag2 Core. Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 2721.



01) Thiol compounds from biorenewable resources. Application number EP 21214445.5, Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Application, date: 14.12.2021. (Filed and submitted patent) 

02) Thiol compounds from biorenewable resources. Application number EP 21214443.0, Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Application date: 14.12.2021. (Filed and submitted patent)


Awards + Scholarships

May 2018 Bio-Based Industries (BBI) and H2020 24 months postdoctoral research grant

February 2016 COST-STSM 3 months PhD visiting stay research grant