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 

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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.

Richard Hill

Richard Hill, Associate Professor and industrial tutor

Richard Hill won a 2018  IChemE Greene Medal, along with Chris Short, for their joint contribution towards IChemE publications on water issues.

The IChemE medals acknowledge chemical engineering brilliance, recognising people for their tremendous contributions to the profession, in both research and industry.

Richard is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over forty years' experience in water treatment, who provides consultancy services to Whitewater Limited.

Vince Pizzoni

Professor Vince Pizzoni

Professor Vince Pizzoni brings over 40 years of experience to the department. He has worked for AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Nalco/Ecolab, Engie, Procter and Gamble, starting in process engineering, and moving into senior roles in the energy sector.

Vince’s career has seen him oversee operations in over 60 countries, mentoring and motivating people for generations across international boundaries.

Read Vince's full profile, or more about his career in The Chemical Engineer.
Professor Derek Irvine

Professor Derek Irvine

Professor Derek Irvine, working with colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, was recognised at the 2018 Knowledge Exchange and Impact Awards for his work on developing bacteria-resistant plastics.

Discovered at the University, these plastics have been developed with a commercial partner for use in urinary catheters.

The device, awarded a CE mark in 2017, is being trialled in UK hospitals. It has the potential to reduce the burden of hospital-acquired infections, and could benefit many patients around the world. This is just the first of many potential commercial applications of the technology.



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