• Our Laboratories

Our Laboratories


The Research Centre for Carbon Solutions at Heriot-Watt University has extensive state-of-the-art laboratory facilities covering the whole CCS chain, including equipment for capture, transport, storage, utilization and monitoring. The main laboratories are listed below, click on the picture to view the equipment available within the respective labs:



  • Material Characterization


    Materials Characterisation Laboratory has a number of characterisation instruments for the study of the physical and chemical properties of the materials, available for research use, which help to increase the different degrees of understanding why different materials show different behaviours.
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  • Transport in Porous Media


    With state of art experimental facilities in this lab, we conduct high quality research in porous media at two different scales of pore and core. We combine experimental results with information obtained from micro-computed tomography (μCT) to evaluate and improve modelling techniques for multiphase flow and reactive transport in porous media.

    This lab has of two state of art experimental set ups:
    • Micromodel Testing at High Pressure and High Temperature
    • Core flooding at High Pressure and High Temperature

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  • CO2 Capture


    This lab is equipped with standard material/facilities (furnaces, ultrasonic bath, rotary evaporator, etc.) for the preparation of solid sorbents and catalysts for different applications. Additionally, it also hosts a supporting state-of-the art total inorganic carbon analyser which allows for the direct measurement of total inorganic carbon in a wide variety of sample matrices and concentrations.
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  • CO2 Storage


    The CO2 storage laboratory is designated for the HPHT experiments to investigate the scenarios in the CO2 storage under reservoir pressure and temperature conditions including the CO2-brine-rock and/or CO2-brine-well cement interactions and CO2-SO2 co-injection in geological formations.
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  • CO2 Photoreduction Utilisation


    The CO2 Photoreduction Utilization laboratory’s vision is to engineer novel photoreactors and optimise processes for the photoreduction of CO2 towards alternative solar fuels. To achieve this the laboratory is fitted with state of the art analytical and process tools that is coupled with personnel with process optimisation and modelling experience.
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  • Biomass and Waste Valorisation


    The laboratory is designed for a number of experiments including research on biofuels, catalysts development and CO2 capture.
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  • Bio-Energy


    The Bio-Energy area is dedicated to research that converts bio-mass and related sustainable feedstock into value added gases, liquids or solids.
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  • CO2 Utilisation and Energy System


    The research interests include microfluidics, microreactor and micro-systems for energy and carbon conversion via novel chemical, electrochemical and photocatalysis reactions. We leverage the unique fluid and transport phenomena at microscale to realise new functions that would hardly be obtained in a conventional reaction system.
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  • Electrochemical Energy Engineering


    Our research is to develop advanced electrochemical technologies for energy and carbon conversion for a low-carbon future. Our current research focus includes fuel cells, electrolysers, flow batteries, advanced multivalent ion batteries and metal-air batteries.
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Extensive state-of-art equipment covering CCS Chain

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From Capture to Storage, From Solar to Fuel.

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