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Prof M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA     Director 

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, UK


    Phone:  +44 (0) 131 451 8028

    Email:  M.Maroto-Valer@hw.ac.uk

    Address:  JN 1.24

    Research Profile : https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/m-mercedes-maroto-valer

    Scopus Author ID: 7003265799

    Researcher ID:  F-5016-2014



Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA) is Director of the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage CICCS). She is also Assistant Deputy Principal Research and Innovation and Director of the Energy Academy at Heriot-Wat University.

Mercedes has held academic appointments at the University of Kentucky (1997-1998), Pennsylvania State University (1998-2004) and University of Nottingham (2005-2012). Mercedes obtained her PhD in 1997 at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland). Following a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Applied Energy Research (CAER) at the University of Kentucky in US, she moved to the Pennsylvania State University in US, where she worked as Research Fellow and from 2001 as Assistant Professor and became Program Coordinator for Sustainable Energy. She joined the University of Nottingham as Reader in 2005 and within 3 years she was promoted to Professor in Energy Technologies. During her time at Nottingham she was the Head of the Energy and Sustainability Research Division at the Faculty of Engineering.

She leads a team of 40 researchers developing novel solutions to meet the worldwide strive for energy, with particular emphasis on clean technologies, including carbon dioxide capture, transport, storage and utilization. She has over 410 publications, including editor of 4 books and 32% of her publications are in top 10% most cited worldwide. She holds leading positions in professional societies and editorial boards and has received numerous international prizes and awards, including 2013 Hong-Kong University Mong Distinguished Fellowship, 2011 RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award, 2009 Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2005 US Department of Energy Award for Innovative Development, 1997 Ritchie Prize, 1996 Glenn Award- Fuel Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society and the 1993 ICI Chemical & Polymers Group Andersonian Centenary Prize. She is PI/CI projects worth ~ £35m, and has recently been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Award.

Research interests:

Prof Maroto-Valer’s research at the interface of engineering and science is strongly linked to leading international collaborators and has resulted in notable outputs. She has established an international research reputation at the interface between energy and the environment. 

  1. Development of novel, low-cost sorbents for low- and high-temperature CO2 capture for power (pre- and post-combustion) and industrial sectors.
  2. Experimental and modelling studies on the mineralogical changes and fluid chemistry derived from the injection of CO2 and co-injection of gas mixtures (e.g. CO2-SO2).
  3. Geological sequestration of CO2 in saline aquifers, brines and unmineable coal seams.Integration of CCS and CO2 utilisation for the oil and gas sectors, e.g. enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR).
  4. Monitoring, measuring and verification of potential effects on aquatic and terrestrial environments of potential seepage from CO2 storage sites or pipelines.
  5. Decentralised options for CCS, including mineral carbonation of industrial wastes and silicate rocks.
  6. Development of systems (nanostructures and reactors) for CO2 photoreduction and other processes for CO2 utilisation.
  7. Gas clean-up, including trace metals (mercury etc), NOx/SOx, by-products for combustion and gasification.
  8. Public acceptability and regulatory issues related to CCS.

Recent Publications:

  1. Effect of Hg on CO2 capture by solid sorbents in the presence of acid gases
    Fernández-Miranda, N., Garcia, S., Antonia Lopez-Anton, M., Martinez-Tarazona, M. R., Sanz-Pérez, E. S. & Maroto-Valer, M. M. 15 Mar 2017 In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 312, p. 367–374 8 p.
  2. Carbon dioxide sequestration using NaHSO4 and NaOH: A dissolution and carbonation optimisation study
    Sanna, A., Steel, L. & Maroto-Valer, M. M. 15 Mar 2017 In : Journal of Environmental Management. 189, p. 84-97 14 p.
  3. Polymeric Templating Synthesis of Anatase TiO2 Nanoparticles from Low-Cost Inorganic Titanium Sources
    Ojeda, M., Kishore Kumar, D., Chen, B., Xuan, J., Maroto-Valer, M. M., Leung, D. Y. C. & Wang, H. 13 Jan 2017 In : ChemistrySelect. 2, 2, p. 702-706 5 p.
  4. Review of flowmeters for carbon dioxide transport in CCS applications
    Collie, G. J., Nazeri Ghojogh, M., Jahanbakhsh, A., Lin, C-W. & Maroto-Valer, M. M. Feb 2017 In : Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology. 7, 1, p. 10-28 19 p.
  5. A comparison of devices using thermal desorption for mercury speciation in solids
    Rumayor, M., Lopez-Anton, M. A., Díaz-Somoano, M., Maroto-Valer, M. M., Richard, J. H., Biester, H. & Martínez-Tarazona, M. R. 1 Apr 2016 In : Talanta. 150, p. 272-277 6 p. 

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