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Rebecca Ferrari

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering



I studied for both my MEng and PhD at the University of Nottingham (2011 and 2014, Environmental Engineering). My PhD focused on the developing microwave-infrared ore sorting technologies to reduce energy use in mineral processing.

After my PhD, I worked as a research fellow in the National Centre for Industrial Microwave Processing at UoN. This was a great experience exposing me to diverse industrial and academic projects across mineral processing, oil and gas, food and agricultural products, chemistry and energy. Every day and every project was different and I helped to deliver multidisciplinary projects from laboratory up to 100 tonne per hour industrial scale.

In July 2016 I started a new role as Assistant Professor of Environmental Process Engineering.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • Waste Management (module convenor)
  • Hazardous Waste Management (module convenor)
  • Environmental Assessment

I also supervise several final year MEng and MSc R&D projects each year.

I have a strong interest in digital learning technologies, and like to trial new tools in my teaching and learning design that lead to more student focused learning experiences. This ranges from making the most out of Moodle, to lecture capture, to live interactive platforms.

I am part of the department admissions team, and co-ordinate our study abroad program, work alongside colleagues at our overseas campuses to provide opportunities for student mobility.

Research Summary

I am a member of the Food, Water, Waste Research Group. My current research applies process engineering concepts to develop new technologies for the sustainable production and recovery of resources.… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

I am a member of the Food, Water, Waste Research Group. My current research applies process engineering concepts to develop new technologies for the sustainable production and recovery of resources. This includes upgrading and recycling of wastes, extraction of valuable materials, production of novel magnetically recoverable materials from wastes and microwave heating applications. Current projects include:

  • From plant to product: A new method for processing nickel (UNICAS)
  • Energy efficiency and waste valorisation for small scale breweries and wineries (various SMEs, Energy for Business RDF)
  • Process optimisation and product development using radio frequency heating (Innovate UK KTP, Base Materials)
  • Sustainable porous materials for water treatment applications (PhD project, Henry Forbes)
  • Environmental and health impacts of landfill mining (PhD project, Mohammed Zari)
  • Extraction of bioactive compounds from cacao pod husks (PhD project, Shinta Rosalia Dewi)
  • Magnetic composite materials for environmental applications (PhD project, Mukarram Zubair)
  • Pre-concentration and sorting of metalliferous ores and wastes
  • Maximising copper recovery from incinerator bottom ash
  • Electromagnetic sensors for processing monitoring and analytics

Current PhD Opportunities

PhD opportunities are available in most of the above areas, for informal enquiries please get in contact via email with a CV and cover letter. Funding is available for PhDs via our Doctoral Training Centres. The University also has an extensive portfolio of Research Scholarships for international students.

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas:

  • Sustainable processing
  • Waste management
  • Energy recovery
  • Recycling
  • Water treatment
  • Contaminated land remediation
  • Biomining and phytomining
  • Sorting and pre-concentration
  • Bioleaching
  • Microwave and RF heating applications

Food, Water, Waste Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 82 32502