Sharon was born in 1975 and completed her early education in Cheshire and on Merseyside. She attended Hertford College, Oxford where she studied Chemistry from 1993-1997. After completing a Royal Society summer studentship, she remained in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford, in the group of Dr Stephen Wimperis, studying for her DPhil, (“New NMR Techniques for the Study of Quadrupolar Nuclei”). During this time she held the Carreras Senior Scholarship at Hertford College. Sharon then moved with the Wimperis group to Exeter for a two year postdoctoral research fellowship.


In 2002, Sharon moved to the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge as a Teaching Fellow in Mineral Physics. She was then awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship in 2003, which she held in Cambridge alongside the Charles and Katherine Darwin Research Fellowship at Darwin College.


In October 2005, she moved to her current position in the School of Chemistry, at the University of St Andrews, where she held (until Oct 2007) a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship and an RCUK Academic Fellowship (05-10). Sharon was awarded the RSC Harrison Prize in 2004 for contributions to solid-state NMR and the 2009 BRSG-NMRDG Prize for Excellent Contribution to Magnetic Resonance by an Early Career Researcher. Sharon was promoted to Reader in 2009 and Professor in 2013. In 2011, Sharon was awarded the RSC Marlow Award for Physical Chemistry, and was also admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She was also named as one of the first members of the RSE Young Academy. In 2014, Sharon was a member of the Physical Sciences RAE panel for Hong Kong. In 2015, she was awarded the RSC Corday-Morgan Prize. She was awarded a Wolfson Merit Award in 2015, and in 2016 was elected FRSE.


Her current research interests focus on the development of new methods in solid-state NMR, particularly for quadrupolar nuclei, such as 17O, 23Na and 27Al. She is also interested in the application of these methods to a wide range of systems including minerals, zeolites and ceramics. More recently, Sharon has developed an interest in the application of first-principles calculations of NMR parameters in the solid state.

Outside NMR, Sharon is a big fan of football and in particular, of Liverpool FC. She was a keen gymnast when younger and is also a qualified coach and judge.

Sharon Ashbrook

Name: Sharon Ashbrook FRSE

DOB: 26/01/1975

Nationality: British

Position: Professor in Physical Chemistry


MChem (Oxon) 1997 (First Class)

MA (Oxon) 2001

DPhil (Oxon) 2001

Awards, Fellowships and Prizes:

Hertford College Scholarship

Carreras Senior Scholarship

Teaching Fellowship in Mineral Physics

Charles and Katherine Darwin Research Fellowship

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship

RSC Harrison Prize 2004

RCUK Academic Fellowship

BRSG-NMRDG Early Career Prize 2009

RSC Marlow Award 2011

Royal Society of Edinburgh Makdougall Brisbane Medal 2012

RSC Corday-Morgan Prize 2015

FRSE 2016

Professional Activity:

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

Member of the Institute of Physics (MinstP)

Member of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain

Vice-chair of RSC Tayside Local Section

Member of the Facility Executive for the UK 850 MHz Solid-State NMR Facility

Committee member for the Mineral Physics Group of the Mineralogical Society

Scientific committee for the Rocky Mountains Conference on Analytical Chemistry 2012-2018

Scientific committee for the Alpine Conference in Solid-State NMR 2015

Director of St Andrews Centre of Magnetic Resonance

Member of management group for CCP-NC

Member of RSC Faraday Awards Committee 2012-2015

Member of the ISMAR Nominating Committee

Member of 2014 RAE panel for Hong Kong

Editorial Advisor for RSC series “New Developments in NMR