Friday Ochedi

Friday Ochedi      PhD Student

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


Office: DB 2.65 

Phone: TBC 






Friday Ojodomo Ochedi is a Nigerian with an ardent interest in clean energy and environmental sustainability through the mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions. He focuses on the development of innovative mitigation technologies including materials and processes with low energy penalty, low cost, high performance and demonstrated potential for industrial adoption.

In his undergraduate study at the Federal University of Technology Minna Nigeria, he specialized in Mechanical Engineering and gained basic engineering training and competence. His thesis focused on the reduction of energy consumption for an industrial process that crushes waste materials for recycling.

In 2018, after serving the nation of Nigeria through the National Youth Service program, he obtained a full scholarship from the Chinese Government for a master’s degree study in Energy and Power Engineering at Jiangsu University, China. During this time, he investigated the mitigation of carbon footprint in the energy and chemical industries. In collaboration with experts from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Australia, and universities in Australia, the United States, Pakistan, and China, he conducted and published critical research related to the various aspects of carbon capture and utilization technologies. His thesis focused on the utilization of microalgae as a precursor for adsorbent preparation.

His current research focuses on the development, scale-up and analysis of a novel CO2 capture technology that leverages absorbent-based CO2 capture with electrochemical absorbent regeneration. The work is part of a four-year European project that aims to develop this technology and demonstrate it at industrial production sites. The project boasts a consortium of high-performing European, Canadian, and Chinese research partners, as well as a variety of industrial partners that are keen to sustain high economic activity while mitigating their carbon footprint.

Friday aims to continue technological development that will fast-track the global transition to clean energy and a sustainable environment. He also hopes to influence policies in Africa toward this direction.


Research Interests:

Friday’s main research interests are Carbon dioxide capture, clean energy and environment, gas treatment, waste management, process engineering.  



1. Ochedi, F.O., Y. Liu, and Y.G. Adewuyi, State-of-the-art review on capture of CO2 using adsorbents prepared from waste materials. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 2020. 139: p. 1-25.

2. Ochedi, F.O., Y. Liu, and A. Hussain, A review on coal fly ash based adsorbents for mercury and arsenic removal. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2020. 267: p. 122143.

3. Ochedi, F.O., J. Yu, H. Yu, Y. Liu, and A. Hussain. Carbon dioxide capture using liquid absorption methods: a review. Environmental Chemistry Letters, 2020. 01093-8

4. Ochedi, F.O., D. Liu, J. Yu, A. Hussain, and Y. Liu. Photocatalytic, electrocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide: a review. Environmental Chemistry Letters, 2020.

5. S. Shi, Ochedi, F.O., S. Cui, and Y. Liu. Removal of CO2 from flue gas using seaweed porous carbons prepared by urea doping and KOH activation. Energy & Fuels, 2020.

6. S. Shi, Ochedi, F.O., and Y. Liu. Porous Biochars Derived from Microalgae Pyrolysis for CO2 Adsorption. Energy & Fuels, 2020.