Researcher biography

Cristián Maluk is a Senior Lecturer of Civil Engineering. His background is in structural fire engineering and in the broader scope of fire safety science. His research interests are in the fire performance of building construction materials and the resilience of structural systems during and after fire. Cristian has coordinated and contribute towards research studies in the fire safe design of structural concrete systems prestressed with fibre reinforced polymer tendons, heat-induced concrete spalling, performance of intumescent coatings under non-standard heating regimes, and developing novel fire testing methods.

Teaching and Learning

  • Introduction to Fire Safety Engineering
  • Fire Design for Implicit Safety
  • Fire Dynamics Laboratory
  • Structural Fire Engineering
  • Introduction to Structural Design
  • Engineering of Small Buildings


  • Best Poster Award at the 10th International Conference on Structure in Fire (SiF), Belfast, UK, 2018.
  • Recipient of the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) Best Thesis Award "Excellence in Research" (years 2014-2016) to be presented during the 12th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), Lund, Sweden, 2017.
  • Finalist of the Best PhD Thesis Award from the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC). Award competition took place during the Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE) conference to be held in Hong Kong, 2016.
  • Recipient of the Thomas Howard Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
  • Price for 2016 Best Paper in the Journal of ICE Construction Materials.
  • Recipient of the Philanthropic Grants for Early Career Engineering Researchers from the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, The University of Queensland.
  • Best Paper Award at the 2nd Postgraduate Conference on Scotland Infrastructure and Environment, Edinburgh, UK, 2014.
  • Best Poster Award at the 11th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), Christchurch, New Zealand, 2014.
  • Recipient of the John Moyes Lessells Scholarship from The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 2013.
  • Recipient of the Training School Travel Grant for Young Researchers on Integrated Fire Engineering and Response (COST TU0904) – Key Issues for the Future of Fire Engineering, Naples, Italy, 2013.
  • Best Poster Award at the 10th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), Maryland, USA, 2011.

Areas of research