Dr Siti Nurul Azian binti Zakaria


Lecturer, Faculty of Science


I joined UBD as a lecturer in Chemical Sciences programme in 2018 after completing my PhD at University College London.

My PhD project was on the electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction on iron sulfide nanoparticles and its characterisation via in-situ spectroelectrochemistry. I was supervised by Prof Katherine Holt and I collaborated with experts in inorganic and computational chemistry throughout my PhD. The project also involved working at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble France to perform in-situ electrochemistry and XAS. I have presented my work in a number of conferences in the UK and Europe including giving a talk at Electrochem conference at Durham University.

My current research interests include a variety of interdisplinary fields. I am involved in active projects in development of sensors for diagnostics applications, development of sensors for food applications, water and waste remediation, carbon dioxide reduction applications and spectroelectrochemistry.

I am involved in the teaching of the following modules:
SC-1483 Chemistry in Everyday Life
SC-1241 Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
SC-2242 Chemical Thermodynamics and Applications
SC-2261 Principles of Analytical Chemistry
SC-4365 Environmental Chemistry
CU-0304 Sciences for University Study
SB-2402 Discovering Science

Administrative duties and appointments:
2021-present Faculty Representative for Entrepreneurship Development
2019-present Discovery Year Advisor for Chemical Sciences programme
2019-present Faculty of Science Unibridge coordinator
2018-present member of the Faculty Admissions Committee in Faculty of Science


2013-2017 PhD (Chemistry), University College London, UK
2011-2012 MSc (Chemistry Research), University College London, UK
2008-2011 BSc (Chemical Physics), University College London, UK


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Scopus Publications


Habibun Nabi Muhammad Ekramul Mahmud, Salwa Jamal Kamal, Norhabibah Mohamad, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Priya Saharan, Jose Hernandez Santos & Siti Nurul Azian Zakaria. Nanoconducting polymer: an effective adsorbent for dyes. Chemical Papers (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11696-021-01665-0

Chitra Padmakumari Kurup, Chaker Tlili, Siti Nurul Azian Zakaria, Minhaz Uddin Ahmed. Recent Trends in Design and Development of Nanomaterial-based Aptasensors. Biointerface Research in Applied Chemistry, 2021, Vol 11, Issue 6, Pages 14057-14077, https://doi.org/10.33263/BRIAC116.1405714077

Priya Saharan, Vinit Kumar, Ashok K Sharma, HNM Ekramul Mahmud, Norhabibah Binti Mohamad, Jose H Santos, Siti Nurul Azian Zakaria. Scalable fabrication of chitosan-grafted silica bionanocomposite for the superb sequestration of anionic dye from aqueous solution. Emergent Materials, 202, Vol 3, Issue 6, Pages 871-879. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42247-020-00129-7

Siti Nurul Azian Zakaria, Nathan Hollingsworth, Husn U Islam, Anna Roffey, David Santos-Carballal, Alberto Roldan, Wim Bras, Gopinathan Sankar, Graeme Hogarth, Katherine B Holt, Nora H de Leeuw. Insight into the Nature of Iron Sulfide Surfaces During the Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution and CO2 Reduction Reactions. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, Vol 10, Issue 38, Pages 32078-32085. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b08612


2021-2023 Development of CRISPR-Cas-driven nucleic acid diagnostic platform for Halal and Tayyib (Member, BND 79000)
2020-2022 Nanoscale aptasensor for the detection of multiple biomarkers (Member, BND 69550)
2019- 2021 Efficient remediation of water contaminants using metal-CNT/conducting polymer based nanocomposites (Member, INR 3.53 million)