I am a chemical engineer working as an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. I did my undergraduate degree at Imperial College, London, then moved to Australia, where I completed a PhD in microwave plasma processing followed by 2.5 years working in the contaminated land industry and 2.5 years as a research fellow at Monash University, Australia. Since moving to Nottingham in 2011, I’ve specialised in microwave technologies to convert biomass and waste to novel products for the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. My research focuses on the fundamental understanding of how microwave heating can enhance mass transfer and the application of this knowledge to address industrial challenges (e.g. waste plastics recycling and the sustainable production of chemicals from food waste).