Rachel previously completed her BEng in Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2000. She went on to receive her Doctorate from the same institution in 2008. In the same year, Rachel joined the Department of Chemical Engineering as a post-doctoral research fellow, at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. During early 2012, she joined the University of Sheffield's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as a lecturer, and was awarded as a Royal Society Industry fellowship in 2015.
Rachel's research centres around the study of particulate systems and how advancements in the field can be applied to relevant industries. She currently has students working on cutting-edge solutions for the pharmaceuticals, detergents and food industries. Rachel's approach to such issues often uses a combination of experimental and computational simulation tools, to develop the mechanistic understanding.
- Smith, R. M. & Litster, J. D. (2012). Examining the failure modes of wet granular materials using dynamic diametrical compression. Powder Technology, 224, 189-195
- Smith, R. M., Liu, L. X., & Litster, J. D. (2010). Breakage of drop nucleated granules in a breakage only high shear mixer. Chemical Engineering Science, 65(21), 5651-5657.
- Liu, L. X., Smith, R., & Litster, J. D. (2009). Wet granule breakage in a breakage only high-hear mixer: Effect of formulation properties on breakage behaviour. Powder Technology, 189(2), 158-164.
- Smith, R., Hapgood, K. P., & Litster, J. D. (2003). Nucleation regime map for liquid bound granules. AICHE Journal, 2(49), 350-361.