Sharma, Surbhi (A/Prof)

Name A/Prof Surbhi Sharma Surbhi Sharma 
Position title Associate Professor, Hydrogen Technologies
Campus Gippsland
Room 3w 251
Phone +613 51226435

Research interests

  • Low Temperature Hydrogen Fuel Cells – PEMFC, DMFC
  • Graphene oxide and other nanostructured carbons
  • Synthesis of hybrid materials for electrocatalysts, coatings, membranes
  • Electrochemical energy and biosensing applications
  • Advanced high strength steel materials in structural engineering

Short biography

Dr Surbhi Sharma completed her Doctoral degree from the University of Ulster, United Kingdom, where she explored synthesis, and electronic properties of graphene oxide and its use in supported anode electrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cells. Soon after, she joined the University of Birmingham working as a Teaching/Research Fellow at UK’s first EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. Here, she developed fuel cell specific research and delivered post-graduate teaching in the area. She also delivered successfully as the Work Package Leader for the EU-project STAMPEM (€5.2M, 2012-2015), under the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Framework Programme 7, working along with 5 EU-wide industry partners to develop corrosion protective, conductive coatings for PEMPC bipolar plates. In 2017, she moved to the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham working as the Research Associate and co-investigator for DSTL (UK-MoD) funded multi-disciplinary synthetic biology project. She joined the Centre for New Energy Transition Research at Federation University as the Associate Professor of Hydrogen technologies in 2022.

She has supervised many doctoral and postgraduate research projects. Some of the projects were funded by agencies such as Science without Borders - Brazil, EPSRC-UK, EU-FCHJU and Australian Carbon Innovation (ACI). She has published over 35 peer-reviewed papers, several conference papers, 2 single author books and contributed to book chapters. She also serves on editorial boards of high-impact, high-visibility journals and as grant reviewer for funding agencies such as EPSRC, UKRI and ACS.

Her research interests include development of graphene oxide, 2D and 3D nanostructured carbons and hybrid materials for application in fuel cells (including electrocatalysts, proton conduction membranes, and coatings). She is also interested in other electrochemical systems including Li-based batteries and biosensors. Other areas of interests comprise upcycling of carbon resources and bio-waste for energy, fuel and high-value carbon nanomaterials, synthetic microbiology and development of microbe-assisted electrocatalysts. List of publications can be viewed in Google Scholar.


  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Birmingham 2015
  • PhD. in Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Ulster University, United Kingdom, 2011
  • M.Sc. in Nanoscience, Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, India, 2007
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics, University of Delhi, India, 2004

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