Rachael Rothman

Professor Rachael Rothman

Grantham Centre Co-Director

Rachael Rothman was born and brought up in Teesside and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class MEng in Chemical Engineering. She spent a year in Sweden before embarking on her PhD at the University of Sheffield.

In 2013 Rachael led the engineering department’s successful Athena SWAN silver award submission. Between 2014 – 2017 she was the Faculty Director for Women in Engineering, leading the faculty’s equality and diversity activities. She has twice taken a year of maternity leave following the birth of her sons.

In 2022 she became a Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering.

Research projects

Rachael Rothman is part of our 2 special plastics projects, Plastics: Redefining Single-Use and Many Happy Returns.

In 2022 it was announced by Dan Jarvis that Rachael will the director of a new regional venture: South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre. Find out more: New sustainability centre will bring region together to lead drive for net-zero.

Sustainability at the University of Sheffield

As well as being our Co-Director, Rachael’s research concentrates on clean energy and sustainable process development.

Additionally, Rachael is the Academic Lead for Sustainability across the whole of the University of Sheffield. Find out more about sustainability at Sheffield.

Rachael Rothman on social media

You can find Rachael on Twitter.

Rachael Rothman news

Find out more about Rachael’s work and the Grantham Centre in our annual reports.

Our director Professor Rachael Rothman is the director of the new South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre. This groundbreaking centre will work across South Yorkshire on a range of sustainability issues from an evidence-based and multidisciplinary perspective.

IChemE Hutchison Medal for our Many Happy Returns team. Rachael and the team from Many Happy Returns win prestigious award in 2022.

Our co-director speaks about plastic waste to EFRA committee. In 2022 Rachael gave evidence to an EFRA committee about plastic waste.

COP26 Universities Network briefing from our Co-Director. Rachael contributes to a briefing from the COP26 Universities Network.

Dr Rachael Rothman is new Grantham Centre director. We’re pleased to welcome Dr Rachael Rothman to the Grantham Centre as a new director! In 2018, Rachael joins our Operations Team and Management Board. Plus she is supervising a number of Grantham Scholars.

  • Management Group
  • Many Happy Returns
  • Operations Team
  • Plastics: Redefining Single Use
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