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Working Group (AG) - Maleki

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Hajar Maleki

Address Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cologne, Greinstrasse 6, 50939 Cologne
Room office: 213, lab: 215 
Phone +49 (0)  221 470-1981

E-mail: h.malekiSpamProtectionuni-koeln.de 

Researcher ID: A-9926-2016
Orcid ID: 0000-0002-2813-4700

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Professional Experiences


Associated Junior Research Group Leader – Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, CMMC Research Center

2019 – present

Junior Research Group Leader supported by German Science Foundation (DFG) and German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences/ Department of Chemistry/ Institute of Inorganic Chemistry/ University of Cologne/ Cologne/ Germany,

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Sanjay Mathur

2016 – 2018   

Postdoctoral Fellowship (principal investigator) - Lise Meitner - Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Chemistry and Physics of Materials/ Materials Chemistry Division/Paris Lodron University Salzburg/ Salzburg/ Austria,

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Nicola Huesing

2015 - 2016  

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Department of Chemical Engineering/ University of Coimbra/ Coimbra/ Portugal

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Antonio Portugal

09.2015 – 06.2016:

Career break due to maternity leave

2012 – 2015  

Marie-Curie-Early-Stage Researcher - Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra (UC), Coimbra, Portugal

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Antonio Portugal

05/2011 – 09/2011

Visiting Scholar - Biocant - Biotechnology Innovation Center, University of Coimbra (UC), Cantanhede, Portugal

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Lino Ferreira

2008 - 2011  


Research assistant - Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INST), Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran.

Research group: Prof. Dr. Arash Simchi



May 11, 2023

Habilitation (Venia legendi) in Inorganic Chemistry

 Multifunctional Bio-inspired Silk-based Hybrid Porous Materials: Rational Design and 3D Printing for Theragenerative Applications

Dec 10, 2014

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering – Nanomaterials: Magna Cum Laude, GPA: 18 from 20.

Development of Mechanically Reinforced Polymer-Silica Aerogel for Thermal Insulation in Space Applications

PI: Antonio Portugal, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Sep 13, 2008    


Master in Organic Chemistry, GPA: 17.45 from 20.

A comparative study of catalyzed rearrangement of allyloxy- coumarins and allyloxynaphthalenes to dihydrofurocoumarins and dihydronaphthofurans.

PI: Mohammad Reza Saidi Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

Jun 30, 2006    

Bachelor in Chemistry, GPA: 16.02 from 20

Energetic Polymers

PI: Mehdi Mahdavi, Department of Chemistry, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran.


Recent Awards and Honors


2023 Rising Star in Materials Science, distinguished by American Chemical Society-- ACS Materials Au

2021 – 2023    

Grant/ German Science Foundation (DFG – Eigene Stelle)/ Germany

2018 - 2020   

Grant/ German Aerospace Center (DLR)/ Germany

2016 - 2018   

Fellowship/ Austrian Science Fund (FWF) - Lise Meitner postdoctoral fellowship/ Austria

2012 – 2015  

Fellowship/ Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR)/ Portugal


Grant/ Chemical Industry Fund (VCI) - Materials cost allowances for young university teachers/ Germany


Grant/ Postdoc-Kids & ElderCare within the Female Professors Programme II/ University of Cologne, Germany


Grant/ Kopf Frei-Postdoc-Programme for Female Professors Programme III/ University of Cologne, Germany


Grant/ Kopf Frei – Postdoc-Programme for Female Professors Programme IV/ University of Cologne, Germany


Award/ Most downloaded and cited article from Elsevier Publisher for a review paper ‘’H. Maleki*, et al., 385, 2014



I am a materials chemist with a broad academic background and multidisciplinary research experience with an opportunity of working in four renowned research teams in different countries, namely Iran, Portugal, Austria, and Germany .

Starting at the INST - Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Sharif University of Technology, Iran where I studied Nanochemistry (2006-2012) with a project entitled '' Synthesis, Surface Modifications, and charaterizations of Fe3O4@Au Core-Shell Nanoparticles '', I have accumulated impressive knowledge and skills for my further career steps in Europe. At the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal, I received a doctorate for my work on development of Silica-polymer hybrid aerogels for thermal insulation in aerospace applications (2014) under a Marie Curie Fellowship. Beside of my doctoral thesis, I have also had a privilege to work / closely collaborate with a research institute '' Biotechnology Innovation Center, Biocant, '' and '' Active Space Technologies (AST) '' company. In 2016, I was granted a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Lise Meitner program at the Materials Chemistry Division of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria,for two years. My project focused on 'development of various functional Silica-Silk Fibroin hybrid aerogels for various application purposes ranging from environmental sustainability to thermal insulation and biomedical application' '.  Since Nov. 2018 , I have taken further steps toward my independent academic career as a Habilitand in the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the University of Cologne with a main research focus of development and structurally designing of functional nanostructured 3D Materials through bioinspired and additive manufacturing processing techniques for various application purposes. The habiliation projects are being supported through German Science Foundation (DFG-Eigene Stelle) and German Aerospace Center (DLR). 

So far, I have been able to acquire ca 700,000 € 3rd party funding (from DFG, FWF, FCI, DLR and others) as a Principal investigator to conduct the research in the realm of functional bio-inspired materials. 

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