Dr Surbhi Sharma PhD

Teaching Fellow
Research Fellow

School of Chemical Engineering

Dr Surbhi Sharma

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Surbhi Sharma is a Teaching & Research Fellow in the area of PEM and DMFC catalyst and support.


  • PhD in Nanotechnology, University of Ulster, 2010
  • MSc in Nanoscience, Amity University, 2007
  • BSc (Hons) in Physics, University of Delhi, 2004


Dr. Sharma completed her BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Delhi in 2004 followed by an MSc in Nanoscience from Amity University in 2007. She then went on to pursue PhD from University of Ulster where she studied Pt-Graphene oxide hybrids as catalyst-support system for application in DMFCs.

Following the successful completion of her PhD in 2010 she joined the Fuel Cells research group in the department of Chemical Engineering at University of Birmingham in February 2011.


  • Fuel Celll
  • DMFC and PEMFC
  • Support Material for DMFC and PEMFC



She is currently involved in studying the use of Graphene oxide as catalyst support for DMFCs as well as PEMFCs and its role in improved catalyst-support interaction. She is keen on studying novel support materials for catalysts in DMFCs and PEMFCs.

Surbhi has been actively involved in research on graphene oxide. During her PhD she studied the thermal stability and evolution of oxygen groups in graphene oxide. She also looked into the applications of graphene oxide in DMFCs as catalyst support working with Pt, Ru and Au nanoparticles.

In addition she has also been involved in studies of Graphene oxide and CNTs in electrochemical biosensing.


Sharma, S., and Pollet, B.G., (2012) Support materials for PEMFC and DMFC electrocatalysts - A review. J. Power Sources, 208, 96–119

Shang, N.G., Papakonstantinou, P., Sharma, S., Lubarsky, G., Li, M., McNeil, D.W., Quinn, A.J., Zhou, W., and Blackley, R., (2012) Controllable selective exfoliation of high-quality graphene nanosheets and nanodots by ionic liquid assisted grinding. Chem. Commun., 48, 1877-1879

Ganguly, A., Sharma, S., Papakonstantinou, P., and Hamilton, J., (2011) Probing the Thermal Deoxygenation of Graphene Oxide using In Situ Synchrotron X-Ray based Spectroscopies. J. Phys. Chem C., 115, 17009–17019

Muti, M., Sharma, S., Erdem, A., Papakonstantinou, P., (2011) Electrochemical Monitoring of Nucleic Acid Hybridization by Single-Use Graphene Oxide-Based Sensor. Electroanalysis, 23, 272-279

Sharma, S., Ganguly, A., Papakonstantinou, P., Miao, X., Li, M., Hutchison, J. L., Delichatsios, M., and Ukleja, S., (2010) Rapid Microwave Synthesis of CO Tolerant Reduced Graphene Oxide –Supported Platinum Electrocatalysts for Oxidation of Methanol. J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, 19459–19466

Erdem, A., Papakonstantinou, P, Murphy, H., McMullan, M., Karadeniz, H., Sharma, S. (2010) Streptavidin Modified Carbon Nanotube Based Graphite Electrode for Label-Free Sequence Specific DNA Detection Electroanalysis, 22, No. 6, 611 – 617

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