Dr Peisan (Sharel) E

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering



2.066 Faraday Building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Bioengineering
Dr. Peisan E (Sharel)


I graduated from the University of Science Malaysia with a B.Eng. in Materials Science & Engineering and achieving a First in 2011. In 2013, I received the prestigious Warwick Chancellor's International Scholarship to carry out my Ph.D. research in Chemistry at the University of Warwick, UK, exploring carbon nanomaterials for electroanalysis and electrocatalysis. In 2017 I began a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, UK, working on novel porous materials for electrochemical gas sensing. I joined Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick in 2019 as a Research Fellow working on the development of lithium ion technologies (lithium ion battery and lithium ion capacitor). In 2020, I joint Teesside University to take up an appointment as a Lecturer (then promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022) in Chemistry at School of Health & Life Sciences, working primarily on electrochemical sensor (biosensor and environmental sensor).

I joined the School of Engineering at The University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in 2022. I am affiliated with the discipline of Chemical Engineering and I am a member of the Institute for Bioengineering, where I carry out research in the area of nanoscale/microscale electrochemistry, electroanalysis, electrocatalysis, development of electrochemical sensor (biosensor and environmental sensor) and electrochemical energy storage.

My work has been published in reputable journals such as Nature, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Carbon, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, and Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. I have been awarded a few poster and oral prizes in Conferences (Warwick, 2015-2016), the Gold Award in British Invention Show (BIS, London, 2011), the Romanian Best Innovation award in BIS (London, 2011), the Gold medal Award in National Research and Innovation Competition (NRIC, Malaysia, 2011), and the Sustainable Green Technology Award in NRIC (Malaysia, 2011).

In 2019, being awarded the prestigious Talented Program organised by Hebei (China), I aim to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations on electrochemical sensors with Hebei University of Technology and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK, 2017
  • Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, First Class, University of Science Malaysia, 2011
  • Postgraduate Certificate In Learning and Teaching In Higher Education, University of Teesside, UK, 2022

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Chartered Chemist (CChem)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), United Kingdom, PR253148
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member, 98359847
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry, MRSC, 549655
  • The Society of Chemical Industry membership, 71669


  • (CHEE11030) Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering 5 (Credits 10)  
  • (CHEE10002) Chemical Engineering Design: Project 4 (Credits 40)
  • (CHEE09015) Chemical Engineering Design 3 (Credits 20)

Research Interests: 

Our research areas of interest include nanoscale/microscale electrochemistry, development of electrochemical sensor (biosensor and environmental sensor) and electrochemical energy storage.

Specifically, our current research includes:

  • Nanoscale/microscale chemical imaging (biotechnology and energy storage)
  • Metal–organic framework for health product applications
  • Advanced materials and electrolytes for chemical gas sensing: biosensor and environmental applications
  • Wearable/flexible chemical sensors

PhD and Research Opportunities

We welcome outstanding applicants for PhD and postdoctoral researchers to join our group to perform research in simulation/modelling, bioengineering, biomaterials, energy materials and the application of nanomaterials in healthcare and energy storage.

i) There is a funded Ph.D. position available in my group in the area of Nanoscale Electrochemistry and Healthcare Systems, for further details please see here. Informal enquiries: sharel.e@ed.ac.uk

ii) The School of Engineering provide PhD scholarships for exceptional applicants.  If you’re interested in applying for either internally or externally funded scholarship (see below examples) and you are looking for a host, please get in touch via email.

iii) Postdoctoral researchers are welcome to join the group. Outstanding applicants can consider the following fellowship (see below examples),  please get in touch via email.

PhD scholarship examples:

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships


Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)


Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships


China Scholarships Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarships (Citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China)


Croucher Foundation Study awards (Permanent Hong Kong residents)


Funding for UK students



Postdoctoral fellowship examples:

Newton International Fellowships


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships


Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships



  • Nanoscale/microscale electrochemistry
  • Electroanalysis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Gas sensors
  • Biosensors
  • Biomedical wearable devices
  • Advanced drug delivery systems
  • Biomaterials
  • Nanomaterials and nanotechnology
  • Energy storage materials