Sharon Ashbrook is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. Following a DPhil at the University of Oxford (2001), she completed postdoctoral work at the University of Exeter, before being awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship in 2003 which she held at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. During this time, she also held the Charles and Katherine Darwin Research Fellowship at Darwin College. From October 2005, she was appointed as an RCUK Academic Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, was promoted to Reader in 2009 and Professor in 2013.
Professor Ashbrook's research focuses on the application of NMR spectroscopy and first-principles calculations to investigate structure, disorder and chemical reactivity in inorganic solids: she has published over 190 papers in this area. She was awarded the RSC Harrison Prize (2004), Marlow Award (2011), the RSE Makdougall Brisbane Medal (2012) and the RSC Corday-Morgan Prize. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and held a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award (2015-2020). She is a member of the Facility Executive of the UK High-Field Solid State NMR Facility and is Director of the Centre of Magnetic Resonance in St Andrews.
Her interests in outreach include chairing the Tayside RSC Local Section and promoting women in STEM, co-authoring Academic Women Now (2016) and Academic Women Here (2018). She was awarded a Suffrage Science Award in 2017.