Dr. Suriani Abu Bakar is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Malaysia. She was also the former Director of UPSI Press. She also leads the Nanotechnology Lab at her workplace. Her research is in the field of Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Renewable focusing on the synthesis of carbon-based nanomaterials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes from bio-hydrocarbon and waste precursors. Her research also investigates its potential application in nanoelectronics such as in field electron emission devices, electrode materials for supercapasitor, dye-sensitized solar cell, membranes and adsorbent for water treatment application.

Dr. Surianis research has resulted in 146 Scopus-indexed publications (Citation: 942 and H-index: 16). While in ISI (Web of Science)-indexed she has 61 publications, 664 citation and H-index of 14 with publications cumulative impact factor of more than 130. She has won many research awards at international and national levels, and the most significant awards were LOral-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship 2013, MASS 2016 Young Researcher Award in Solid State Science and Technology by Malaysian Solid State Science and Technology Society (MASS), Malaysia Toray Science Foundation: Science Education Award for 2017, 2013 and 2011.

Dr. Suriani has received various research grants including from international, private and public sector such as from TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants, Kurita Water and Environment Foundation, Japan, LOral-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowships Grant, Malaysia Toray Science Foundation, Ministry of Education Malaysia, and Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change Malaysia. She was also appointed as a reviewer for various renowned international publishers. This include as editorial board for international and national journals. In term of collaboration, she actively involves with international partners around the globe especially Asia and Europe. She is always invited as keynote and invited speaker around ASEAN nations. Her motto in research is To grow in science means making new discoveries that benefits mankind. Dr. Suriani is a Doctor of Philosophy and Science (Physics) from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) attached to a JSPS Program at Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan in 2011.