Professor of Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University
Raffaella is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and the EPSRC Established Career Fellow in Particle Technology (2016-2021). She was the first woman professor of Chemical Engineering in Scotland (and the second in the UK).
A Chartered Engineer and Scientist, she is a fellow of The Institution of Chemical Engineers, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and The Royal Academy of Engineering. Raffaella is appointed Cavaliere (Knighthood) of the order of Merit of the Italian Republic and received an OBE The Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours for services to engineering.
A recognised expert in the fields of multi-phase flow, chemical reaction engineering of multi-component systems, and mathematical and physical modelling, Raffaella is currently the chair of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Research Committee and the Chair of the IChemE Particle Technology Special Interest Group. She sits on several committees of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), and chairs the RAEng Award Committee.
Raffaella has published a book on Transport Phenomena (Elsevier), and co-authored publications in international journals and conferences. The industrial impact of her research has been recognised through collaborations with industries and consultancies.