Professor Sahar Al-Malaika

Sahar Al-Malaika

Leader of the Polymer Processing & Performance (PPP) Research Unit

Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3372
Room Number: MB114



I am a Professor of Polymer Science at Aston University and the Head of the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Subject Group. I specialise in the modification, oxidation and stabilisation of polymers and antioxidant chemistry, and have published extensively having been involved in this field for over 35 years. Most of my professional career has been spent at Aston University where I lead the Polymer Processing and Performance, PPP, Research Unit and Head the Polymer and Advanced Materials Research Group. I am the President of a PAN-European Society on the ‘Modification Degradation and Stabilisation of Polymers, MoDeSt’, and the Chairperson of the biennial Conferences ‘Polymer Degradation Discussion Group, PDDG’, affiliated to the Macro Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, held in different parts of Europe.   



BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, C.Chem, FRSC, FIMMM

  • Chemistry of polymers:  oxidation, photo- and thermal oxidation, and ageing
  • Specialty Antioxidants:  Synthesis, mechanism and applications
  • Chemistry of vitamin E and its role in orthopaedic implants
  • Additives and antioxidants from renewable resources
  • Reactive processing, in-situ modification and functionalization of polymers
  • Novel and non-migratory antioxidants
  • Polymer recycling, degradation and compostability
  • Polymers, Blends and Nanocomposites: processing, performance and stability under aggressive environments

The funding of my research as principle investigator is obtained from broad sources including: 

  • European Commission, FP5, FP6, FP7 - Marie Curie grants
  • EPSRC - CASE studentships, LINK 
  • KTP - Technology Strategy Board 
  • Industry -USA, UK and other parts of Europe, Japan
  • Governmental Bodies (DEFRA, MAAF, MOD, AWM)

A number of PhD students and research fellows, in addition to a number of early and mid-career visiting scientists. 

  • President of European MoDeSt Society and its biannual Conferences
  • President of the Lichfield Science and Engineering Society
  • Chairperson of the Polymer Degradation Discussion Conference held biannually in Europe
  • Member of Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal ‘Polymer Degradation and Stability’
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Wiley Journal ‘Vinyl and Additives Technology’
  • Member of International Advisory and Organising Committees for a number of International Conferences
  • Referee of research papers for several peer review journals
  • EPSRC Peer Review College Member
  • International Evaluator of a major Swedish Polymer Research Centre
  • External Examiner for PhD candidates in a number of UK Universities
  • International Examiner for PhD candidates in Sweden, France, Australia, South Africa
  • Guest editor to special peer reviewed journal issues
  • Referee of grant applications to overseas research centres (USA, Australia, Russia)

My teaching reflects my research interest, delivering modules in polymer Science and Organic Chemistry to the chemistry and chemical Engineering programmes.  This involves lectures, tutorials, supervision of experimental research projects and literature projects, and polymer laboratory classes. 

  • Chartered Chemist
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining