Personal details

Dr Rachel Pepper
Research Fellow
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Mech., Medical & Process Engineering
+61 7 3138 4917
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)


Dr Rachel Pepper is a research fellow in the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering. Her research focuses on using fundamental chemistry to solve applied problems, with an emphasis on value-adding low-grade or waste materials and sustainable processes and technologies.

She received her PhD from QUT in 2018, for research on synthesising iron oxide adsorbents from mining waste. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Science, majoring in chemistry, with a second major in biochemistry.

Areas of expertise:

  • Preparative chemistry and materials synthesis including development of high purity ceramics and adsorbent materials
  • Water treatment and adsorption including experimental design, column studies, and modelling of adsorption data
  • Analytical chemistry including preparation of samples for trace analysis and materials characterisation with techniques including X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, infrared spectroscopy, gas adsorption analysis, electron microscopy, thermal analysis, and optical emission spectroscopy
This information has been contributed by Dr Rachel Pepper.


Dr Pepper has taught into a number of undergraduate courses across general science, chemistry, and engineering disciplines, including:

  • SEB104 – Grand Challenges in Science
  • EGB361 – Minerals and Minerals Processing
  • CVB202 – Analytical Chemistry
  • CVB101 – General Chemistry

She has taken on unit coordination roles for SEB104, along with Engineering Honours units including EGH400, EGH408, BEB801 and BEB802.

This information has been contributed by Dr Rachel Pepper.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions