Rachel Caruso is a materials chemist who applies her chemical knowledge to produce novel advanced functional porous materials with improved properties for energy and environmental end-use applications. Some of her projects focus on the conversion of sunlight into electrical energy, water purification, and the removal of heavy metals from waste.
Prior to joining RMIT, Rachel held a joint appointment as Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and as an Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Science Leader in CSIRO Manufacturing. In addition, she has held positions at the Hahn-Meitner Institute and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (both in Germany), where she led an international team of scientists.
In 2011, Rachel was ranked 21 in a Thomson Reuter produced register of the top 100 materials scientists in the world, based on work published in the 2000-2010 period. In 2003, Rachel took up an ARC Future Fellowship.
Rachel’s personal research activities will be hosted by the School of Science.