Department of
Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Our students, alumni and staff

All of us in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering are very proud of our students and their achievements. We like to keep in touch after graduation and celebrate your successes.

Our staff are committed to bringing their skills, knowledge, research expertise, and industrial experience into teaching, to prepare students for their future careers.


Julia Cole, Performance Engineer, Uniper, UK 

Salters' Award winner 2018: Chemical Engineering graduate

"The Salter’s prize is awarded to students and young professionals that have been recognised for outstanding contribution to the chemical and chemical allied industries. I was honoured to receive the award both as a student and young professional. To get this type of national recognition proves that hard work and dedication does pay off. 

My time at university had a strong influence on my work ethic, the way I was taught at Nottingham meant that as a student I developed excellent skills in teamwork and leadership as well as the fundamental engineering principles." 

Julia Cole at Uniper UK 

Julia Cole (2)

Julia Cole (3) Julia Cole

Sophie Platter

Sophie Platter, year placement at Lindsey Oil Refinery

Sophie is one of several students who have taken part in a one year placement at the Total Lindsey Oil Refinery. Sophie arrived thanks to the strong links that Total Lindsey Oil Refinery has with the University of Nottingham. placements are designed to immerse them into a particular area, rather than just skimming the surface.

"The placement has exceeded my expectations. I have been given a lot more responsibility and opportunities than I ever thought I would as a student. I had the opportunity to identify a project I wanted to carry out, and I have been allowed to carry it through.”

Yasmin Ali

Yasmin Ali, engineer, writer, and presenter

Young Woman Engineer winner 2013: Chemical Engineering graduate

Yasmin is a chartered chemical engineer with experience in power generation, oil and gas, and district heating systems. 

She was awarded the Women’s Engineering Society Young Woman Engineer award in 2013.  She is also one of the BBC Expert Voices.

She recently joined the engineering team in the government’s energy department. You can find out more about Yasmin on her website or read her article in Women in Trade.

Tom More and Tsitsi Ndiriwepi

Tsitsi Ndiriwpi and Tom More, Transvac

"Transvac have been supportive in helping me develop in all aspects of engineering – enabling me to become a more rounded engineer."

Tsitsi Ndiriwepi, BEng Chemical Engineering


Tsitsi and Tom at Transvac, UK
Tom More Tsitsi Ndiriwepi
Rebekah Sample

Rebekah Sample, Distillation Engineer at ExxonMobil

Salters' Award winner 2018: Chemical Engineering graduate

Rebekah won the Salter's prize in 2018 for her work in her final year as an undergraduate at the University of Nottingham.

She is currently a Distillation Contact Engineer at ExxonMobil, providing technical support, optimising distillation towers and hydrofiners and performing long-term unit monitoring, highlighting key areas for future work.

She also works as a laboratory demonstrator at Nottingham, running practical experiments for prospective students and their parents.


Professor Vince Pizzoni

Vince has coached and mentored 1000s spanning the whole career lifecycle from school to university, executive and board level, and has made it his mission in life to inspire and mentor future generations into STEM, Engineering and Energy careers.

He has 40+ years’ of relevant, global business experience incorporating executive management and board positions in blue chip companies including ExxonMobil, Suez, V. Ships, Nalco and P&G and today manages a portfolio career as a consultant in a boutique energy executive search firm, career coach to students at several prestigious UK business schools and trustee/NED positions on several boards including the Women in Engineering Society and other Charities and Trusts in the education sector.


Professor Begum Tokay

Begum has devoted her career to the pursuit of sustainable solutions for environmental challenges. With a wealth of experience in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Begum is committed to mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate students to become agents of change in the fight against climate change and environmental degradation.

Her research has led to significant achievements in green engineering and her students have the opportunity to work on cutting edge projects in her laboratory. Begum is committed to guiding and supporting her students in their academic and professional endeavours.


Associate Professor Eleanor Binner

Ellie’s passion for sustainability and the environment is reflected in her innovative research on developing sustainable solutions. She is dedicated to finding new and innovative microwave-based technologies to convert biomass and waste to novel products for the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Ellie’s lab provides an intellectually stimulating environment for undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in sustainability and waste plastics recycling to explore the latest advancements in the field. Ellie is known for her innovative approach to research and teaching, and her commitment to encouraging diversity and inclusivity within the department.


Associate Professor Georgios Dimitrakis

George specializes in process engineering and has a track record of working in collaboration with industry. Skilled in the design of microwave heating processes, the dielectric characterisation of materials chemical/biological at microwave frequencies and NDT applications using microwave sensors.

Current research involves the development of sensors for real time, in-situ monitoring of chemical and biological systems as well as the design of MW reactors operating in flow to produce novel battery materials. NDT activities using microwave sensors are covering the areas of Food, Pharma, Chemicals, Materials and Composites.


Assistant Professor Konstantina (Nadia) Kourmentza

Nadia has extensive expertise in materials science and microbial biotechnology, with a particular focus on sustainable and circular economy approaches. Her research interests focus on the development of sustainable biodegradable polymers and bio-based chemicals for the biomanufacturing industry, where sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important in the face of global environmental challenges.

Nadia is dedicated to helping her students develop practical and innovative solutions to environmental challenges, aspiring the next generation of engineers, and is committed to promoting a collaborative and inclusive learning environment that fosters creativity and critical thinking.


Assistant Professor Yanming Wang

Yanming is an expert in process simulation and optimization, with research interests in areas such reactor design and bioprocess control in the context of industrial biotechnology. He focuses in combining chemical and biological processes to address the challenges of process feasibility and sustainability.

Yanming is dedicated to providing his students with a rigorous and stimulating learning environment that prepares them for successful careers in academia or industry with his commitment to excellence inspiring generations of students to pursue careers in chemical engineering.


Assistant Professor Helena Gomes

Helena is passionate about remediation and resource recovery from wastewaters and wastes. She has more than ten years of industry experience as an environmental consultant and project manager working on environmental remediation and waste management.

Her research has important implications for the chemicals industries move towards a more sustainable and circular economy. Since 2016, she has been organising Soapbox Science events to promote women scientists and their research by allowing them to share their research with the public in an informal setting.


Assistant Professor Maryam Mohammad Zadeh

As a Teaching & Learning expert, Maryam is focused on understanding the needs and expectations of students and underpin ways to align teaching and tutoring sessions for meeting student expectations. Her research interest is in engineering education.

She is leading a project in the Department using Virtual Reality as a tool for active learning and student engagement and she is a webinar organiser for IChemE within the Education Special Interest Group (EdSIG).


Assistant Professor Fatih Gulec

Fatih is a highly skilled researcher in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, with expertise in sustainable energy systems, renewable energy, and waste valorization.

He is committed to using his knowledge to tackle global environmental challenges and providing his students with practical skills and knowledge that enable them to make a positive impact in their future careers.


Assistant Professor Gabriela Duran Jimenez

Gabi’s research is focused on the development of a fundamental understanding of high temperature processing technologies and how these can be transferable and scalable for application in energy and environmental sectors.

Her experience working with industrial sponsors has focused on sustainable process intensification with emphasis on the reutilisation and valorisation of wastes to reduce environmental impact including carbon footprint. Additional applications include wastewater treatment, soil remediation, catalyst reformation, energy production, biofuels and additives sectors.


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