Professor Rachel Louise Gomes

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, NG7 2RD, UK

Rachel Louise Gomes is Professor of Water & Resource Processing, Head of the Food Water Waste Research Group and leads the University of Nottingham Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, Water Works.

Rachel’s research on intelligent resource use in process environments focuses on waste/water and reuse in the urban water cycle, pollutant remediation and value recovery from process streams. Her research is funded the EPSRC, NERC, BBSRC, Leverhulme Trust, European Commission, Royal Society and industry and she has led interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder projects including engineering and chemical themes encompassing:

• Analysis to engineer solutions in waste/water treatment, reuse and the circular economy

• Technologies and strategies for mitigating pollution and delivering waste valorisation

• Modelling and machine learning for resource management and reuse.

Rachel holds a PhD from Imperial College London and she was named one of the ‘100 women, 100 visions’ celebrating women scientists and engineers at Imperial in 2009.

Rachel’s research activities are recognised internationally, leading her to represent the UK on a white paper on the recovery of materials from wastewater; speak at various prestigious conferences around the world (e.g. the European Wastewater Management Conference) and become an invited expert on the United Nations Environment Programme Advisory Group to address the UN Environment Assembly’s adopted resolution on Plastic Litter and Microplastics including recommending indicators to harmonise monitoring, assessment, and inform on global policies.

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