Dr Ankur Sharma

Ankur Sharma is a ‘Lecturer’ at Research School of Energy, Electrical and Materials Engineering (RSEEME) at the Australian National University (ANU).

He received his Ph.D. in Photonics and Nanomaterial Engineering from ANU in 2019. His research included developing the first of its kind organic 2D semiconductor for future flexible and biodegradable electronic devices. His research received global media coverage and several accolades from within and outside the academic fraternity. See Media & OpEds tab for detailed media coverage. 

His current research areas include working on novel nanomaterials for Micro and Nano systems for photonics and opto-electronic applications such as ultrafast miniaturized transistors, wearable health monitor systems, flexible displays and solar cell applications. See publications tab. 

Ankur currently teaches final year undergraduate students at ANU. He specialized in Systems Engineering courses and works with Industry partners to promote problem based learning for Engineering students a RSEEME, ANU.  See Education and Services tab. 

Ankur received his B.E. from Aligarh Muslim University, India in 2015 with specialization in Mechanical and Materials Engineering and was the recipient of one Guinness World Record (2012) and the prestigious Honorary Award by the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University for outstanding research credentials.

See the complete list of Awards in the Honours and Awards tab. 

LinkedIn here

Ankur is also the winner of the prestigious ANU 3MT competition in 2018. 

He was part of the team that made the World's Thinnest Lens in March 2016. Media Coverage

He has also won an Inter-university Entrepreneurship Competition held at University of South Australia in July 2017, where he highlighted the commercial viability of his research. News




Two Dimensional Materials/Organic Semiconductors

Photonics and Opto-electronics

Mechanical Resonators (MEMS and NEMS)


Systems Engineering

Systems Modelling and Optimisation

Systems Design and Architecture


  • Sharma Ankur, et al. “Super-transport of Coherent Excitons in Atomically Thin Organic Semiconductors at the 2D Quantum Limit”. (Under Round-2 Review at Nature Photonics, 2019). (Impact Factor: 37.9)
  • Sharma Ankur, et al. “Efficient and Layer-dependent Exciton pumping Across Atomically Thin Organic-Inorganic Type-I Heterostructures.” Advanced Materials (2018). (Impact factor (IF): 21.9)
  • Sharma Ankur, et al. "Highly Enhanced Many-Body Interactions in Anisotropic 2D Semiconductors." Accounts of chemical research (2018). (IF: 20.9)
  • Sharma Ankur, et al. "Defect Engineering in FewLayer Phosphorene”. Small (2018). (IF: 9.5)
  •  Vogl T, Sharma Ankur, et al. “Radiation tolerance of two-dimensional material-based devices for space applications”. Nature Communications, 2019. (IF: 12.4)
  • Sharma Ankur et al. “Engineering the Exciton/Trion Dynamics and Transport in Monolayer WS2” Submitted to Nature Communication (IF: 12.4), April 2019.
  • Sharma Ankur et al. “Quasi-line spectral emissions from high crystalline 1D Organic Nanowires”-Submitted to Nature Physics (IF: 22.8), May 2019.
  • Zhang L, Sharma Ankur, et al. “Modulated Interlayer Charge Transfer dynamics in Monolayer TMD/Metal Junction”. Nanoscale, 2018. (IF: 7.2)
  • Wang X, Sharma Ankur et al. “An Adaptive Soft Plasmonic Nanosheet Resonator”. Accepted in Laser & Photonics Reviews, 2018. (IF: 8.0)
  • Sharma, Ankur., Varshney, U., & Lu, Y. (2015). Electronic applications of graphene mechanical resonators. IET Circuits, Devices & Systems, 9(6), 413-419.
  • Sharma, Ankur. K., Desnavi, S., Dixit, C., Varshney, U., & Sharma, A. (2015). Extraction of Nickel Nanoparticles from Electroplating Waste and Their Application in Production of Bio-diesel from Biowaste. International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications, 6(3), 156.
  • Achieved world-wide recognition and extensive media coverage (https://bit.ly/2TsU6I4) for the release of my innovative research outcomes in the field of nanotechnology and sustainable electronic device development.
  • Invited by DFAT Australia as an ‘Expert Speaker and Panel Member’ for the Australian Financial Review-India-Australia Business Summit, November 2018, which was attended by His Excellency ‘The President of India’ and Honourable Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Winner of the Prestigious ANU, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. August 2018. (Media: https://bit.ly/2AYXTpH and Radio interviews).
  • Winner of the ANN Entrepreneurship Challenge, 2017. Adelaide, July 2017. (Topic: The marketability of flexible screens for handheld devices). (https://cecs.anu.edu.au/news/australian-national-university-phd-student-wins-nanotechnology-competition)
  • Formally recognised by ANU’s Vice-Chancellor for exceptional contributions towards the University.
  • Invited by the Director, City of Sydney as an expert speaker for Sustainability Vision 2030 program for Sydney.
  • Awarded ‘Letter of Recognition’ from CPAS, ANU for outstanding teaching, mentoring and communication skills.
  • Dean’s Travel Grant, CECS, ANU. August 2018
  • Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) Early Career Researcher grant. October 2018
  • ANU Vice Chancellor’s Travel grant, March 2017
  • ANN Entrepreneurship Award and Travel Grant. July 2017
  • Graphene ® Young International Research Travel Award, by European Graphene Foundation, March 2017.



Course Convener: ENGN 4221- Systems Engineering Projects Honours. 

Courses Taught:

ENGN1217/2217: Introduction to Mechanics.

ENGN1218/2218: Introduction to Electronics.


ENGN4200: Final year project for Engineering students.

ENGN 6250/8260: Professional practice for Engineers based on EA/ACS code of conduct.


Service: International Education Partnership Coordinator: Responsible for setting up international inter university partnerships with ANU for developing collaborative engineering education programs. 

Engineering Core Redevelopment Committee: Member of the working group to redesign Engineering core courses at RSEEME, ANU. 

Industry Engagement lead: Working with Industry partners in Australia to float industry-based Capstone projects and internships for ANU Engineering students. 























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