• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Personal profile


    Sahar Al-Malaika is a Professor of Polymer Science at Aston University, specialising in antioxidant chemistry, polymer modification, oxidation/ageing, stabilisation and lifetime performance (first and subsequent lives).  Most of her professional career has been spent at Aston University where she leads the Polymer Processing and Performance Research Unit.  

    Research Interests

    • Chemistry of polymers:  their processing, modification, oxidation (photo, thermal, bio) and stabilisation
    • Chemistry of antioxidants & additives in polymers - natural & from renewable resources, synthetic & novel non-migratory antioxidants:  synthesis, mechanisms and applications
    • Chemistry of vitamin E and its role in polymer applications including orthopaedic implants
    • Reactive processing, in-situ modification and functionalization of polymers
    • Lifetime performance of polymers including human-contact applications
    • Environmental aspects of plastics, recycling, biodegradability, compostability & upgrading performance of second-life polymer products
    • Polymers, Blends and Nanocomposites: processing, performance and stability under aggressive environments

    Teaching Activity

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


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

    Membership of Professional Bodies

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

    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3372
    Email: S.Al-Malaika@aston.ac.uk
    Room Number: MB114

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

    External positions

    President of European MODEST Society


    President of the Lichfield Science and Engineering Society


    Chairperson of International Conference-PDDG



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