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Rachel Gomes

The Power List 2014


Rachel Gomes

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing and Process Technologies Research Division, University of Nottingham, UK.

Calling: “Curiosity chose my career. Driven by 1990s news articles about chemicals in water feminizing fish, I now not only explore solutions to societal issues, but also share my curiosity through teaching.”

Regret: “No. My knowledge and experiences are a result of the path I’ve taken. It makes me who I am today.”

Emphasis: “Bioanalysis to engineer understanding in wastewater treatment. This involves remediating bioactive chemicals to deliver water that is fit for reuse.”

Triumph: “Having PhD students who are as curious and passionate about what they do as I am about my work.”

Respect: David Cowan – for the contributions he has made and is making in anti-doping analysis. The late Brian B Wheals (Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory/Visiting Lecturer Brunel University) – for inspiring and supporting me during my final year undergraduate project on developing analytical methods to detect bioactive chemicals in wastewater.

Hopes: “My hopes are to continue to enjoy what I do and the challenges that my career brings. And I want to deliver solutions that benefit society in ensuring water security.”

Prediction: “Advances in analytical equipment and utilization for trace analysis of chemical metabolites to inform on wastewater process understanding.”

Advice: “Look for opportunities; don't wait for them to come to you. Follow your heart and passions.”


Part of the Power List 2014

Top 40 Under 40

In 2013, we compiled a list of the Top 100 most influential analytical scientists – an endeavor that received a significant amount of attention and, it’s fair to say, caused more than a little controversy. Our 2014 Top 40 Under 40 list almost halves the average age of the celebrated individuals, with many of them born in the same year as the iconic Sex Pistols cover – 1977.

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