I previously completed a BEng in Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2000. I went on to receive my Doctorate from the same institution in 2008. In the same year, I also joined the Department of Chemical Engineering as a post-doctoral research fellow, at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. During early 2012, I left Australia and joined the University of Sheffield's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as a lecturer, and I have since been awarded a Royal Society Industry fellowship in 2015. In 2018 I became a Senior Lecturer within the department.
My research centres around the study of particulate systems and how advancements in the field can be applied to relevant industries. I currently have students working on cutting-edge solutions for the pharmaceuticals, detergents and food industries. My 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.