Lisette Sprakel was born on March 12th 1990 in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. She grew up in Vaassen, after which she moved to Hengelo to attend secondary school. From 2008 she studied Chemical Process Engineering at the University of Twente. The title of her bachelor's thesis was "The effect of light on the photocatalytic activity". During her master's she did an internship at Akzo Nobel Germany GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. She performed her research for her master's thesis at the Soft Matter, Fluidics and Interfaces Group on the subject of "Non-Newtonian flow on bubble mattresses". During her study at the University of Twente, she was active in many committees and was also a board member of the study association of chemical engineering: "Chemotechnisch Studentengenootschap Alembic".
She is currently working on "Affinity Separations" in the Sustainable Process Technology Group (SPT) under guidance of Boelo Schuur. This project is part of the ISPT cluster "Energy Efficient Bulk Liquid Separation". The aim of the project is the development of liquid-liquid extractions and extractive distillations as alternatives for traditional distillations. The emphasis will be on the fundamental understanding of affinities in separations.