Dr. James Campbell

Dr. James Campbell     Research Associate

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




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    Email: james.campbell@hw.ac.uk





James has a background primarily in analytical chemistry, having focussed on abiotic production of chlorofluorocarbons in his Chemistry undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University. In his Masters, in Carbon Capture and Storage, also at The University of Edinburgh, he went on to create and study a novel concept of microwave desorption of CO2 from metal organic frameworks and other inorganic supports for CO2 capture applications which attracted some private and public funding. He then moved to Vancouver, Canada, to study Direct Air Capture systems, with a focus on lowering the temperature of this process using catalysts, leading to a number of publications. James now continues his career in CO2 capture as a Research Associate at Heriot Watt under direction of Dr. Phil Renforth with two cutting-edge CO2 mineralization projects.


Research Interests:

James’ main research areas are Negative Emissions Technology, Direct Air Capture, CO2 Mineralization, Analytical Chemistry.  



  1. Campbell, J.S., Grace, J.R., Lim, C.J. and Mochulski, D.W., 2016. A new diagnostic when determining the activation energy by the advanced isoconversional method. Thermochimica acta, 636, pp.85-93.
  2. Li, X., Grace, J.R., Bi, X. and Campbell, J.S., 2016. A new pyrolysis model based on generalized extreme value (GEV) distributions and its application to lignocellulosic biomass. Fuel, 184, pp.211-221.
  3. Renforth, P. and Campbell, J.S., 2021. The role of soils in the regulation of ocean acidification. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B376: 20200174. http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0174