Areas of expertise
Dr Rachel Whitton joined Cranfield University as a Research Fellow in Applied Biology in 2016. Rachel obtained her first degree from the University of Portsmouth before joining Cranfield University to undertake an MSc in Water and Wastewater Treatment followed by an EngD through the STREAM IDC. Her EngD research focused on the viability of microalgae for the remediation of wastewater effluents, with a focus on immobilised microalgae. Following completion of her studies, Rachel undertook research in conjunction with Thames Water using flow cytometry for the microbiological characterisation of water reuse treatment processes and distribution networks. Since returning to Cranfield, Rachel has further progressed research activities aligned to microalgae for wastewater remediation in addition to flow cytometry for potable water treatment processes and distribution networks.
Rachel is also part of the STREAM IDC management team.
- Microalgae for wastewater remediation
- Flow cytometry for assessing microbiological water quality
Severn Trent Water
Articles In Journals
- Whitton R, Le Mével A, Pidou M, Ometto F, Villa R & Jefferson B. (2016) Influence of microalgal N and P composition on wastewater nutrient remediation, Water Research, 91 371-378.
- Whitton R, Ometto F, Pidou M, Jarvis P, Villa R & Jefferson B (2015) Microalgae for municipal wastewater nutrient remediation: mechanisms, reactors and outlook for tertiary treatment, Environmental Technology Reviews, 4 (1) 133-148.
- Ometto F, Whitton R, Coulon F, Jefferson B & Villa R (2014) Improving the energy balance of an integrated microalgal wastewater treatment process, Waste and Biomass Valorization, 5 (2) 245-253.
- Ometto F, Quiroga G, Pšeničkac P, Whitton R, Jefferson B & Villa R (2014) Impacts of microalgae pre-treatments for improved anaerobic digestion: Thermal treatment, thermal hydrolysis, ultrasound and enzymatic hydrolysis, Water Research, 65 350-361.
- Ometto F, Pozza C, Whitton R, Smyth B, Torres AG, Henderson RK, Jarvis P, Jefferson B & Villa R (2014) The impacts of replacing air bubbles with microspheres for the clarification of algae from low cell-density culture, Water Research, 53 (April) 168-179.