• Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of RCCS

    Research Centre for Carbon Solutions(RCCS) has celebrated its 10th Anniversary of research in Sustainable energy development on 28th May with members and invited guests. Read more about the event HERE
  • Job Openings - Assistant Professor Wanted for Low Carbon Systems

    Candidates are expected to have a demonstrable record of relevant research coupled with an ability to contribute to the quality and innovation of our teaching in our core areas of mechanical engineering or chemical engineering.
  • RCCS an official member of RSB

    Represented by the Low Carbon Jet Fuel(LCJF) Project, RCCS has recently become an official member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials(RSB) to contribute to sustainable development of bioeconomy. Check out the LCJF project website for more information: lcjk.hw.ac.uk

Latest News


March 07, 2018

Job Openings - Research Associate in low-carbon electrochemical processes and CO2 conversion

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to work on our EPSRC funded project “Low Carbon Jet Fuel through integration of Novel Technologies for Co-Valorisation of CO2…
July 12, 2018

10 products you may not realise are threatened by the CO2 shortage

Carbon Dioxide(CO2) plays an important role in the food and drink industries, from making fizzy drinks to preserving packaged food. The recent CO2 scarcity in Europe has caused production issues…
June 19, 2018

Winner of SCUK/CERU Merit Award 2018

Congratulations to Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Assistant Deputy Principal (Research & Innovation) and the director of RCCS at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh), for receiving The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United…
June 16, 2018

Industrial Carbon Capture First Advisory Board Meeting

From Left to Right: Professor MeiHong Wang(UoS), Li Anne Cheah(HWU), Professor Dag Eimer (University College Southeast Norway). Dr. Susana Garcia(HWU), Vin White(Air Products), Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer(HWU), Jonathan Mcdonough(NU), David Reay(NU),…
June 12, 2018

Second Advisory Board Meeting for Low Carbon Jet Fuel EPSRC Project at Heriot-Watt University

Prof. Mercedes Maroto Valer opens the Advisory Board Meeting at Heriot-Watt University. Academic and industrial partners gathered at Heriot-Watt University on 30th May 2018 for the second Advisory Board meeting.…
June 06, 2018

RCCS researcher at CLEO 2018 conference

From left to right - back: Leonardo del Bino, Krystian Wlodarczyk, and Michael Woodley, middle: Antoine Berrou, Ajoy Kar, Oguzhan Kara, Marcello Ferrero, and Gerald Buller and front: Derryck Reid,…
May 09, 2018

10th years of research in sustainable technology and carbon solutions.

On Monday 28th May, RCCS celebrated its 10th anniversary of the Research Centre at Lord Balerno Building, Heriot-Watt University along with invited guests and members. The event includes technical presentations,…

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New Member Annoucement


July 02, 2018

Shima Ghanaatian

in PhD Students

by Amir Jahanbakhsh

Shima Ghanaatian     PhD Student

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


 

 

    Office: JN1.29

    Phone: 0131 451 3809

    Email: sg116@hw.ac.uk

   

 

 Biography:


Shima holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology, Iran.  In 2015, she joined Hydrafact Ltd as a Flow Assurance Research Scientist, where she was mainly involved with corrosion studies.  She is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer and involved in the MILEPOST project, where her research study will focus on the unravelling of the CO2 reactive flow drivers at multi-scale (pore to core) during the CO2 sequestration process. 

 

Research Interests:


Her main research areas are CO2 reactive flow in porous media at pore and core scale and providing new experimental data to understand the main drivers of CO2 sequestration.  

 

Recent Publications:


  1. Sh. Ghanaatian, E. Joonaki, “Application of Nanofluids for Enhanced Oil Recovery: Effects on Interfacial Tension and Coreflooding Process”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology, Volume 32, Issue 21, Pages 2599-2607, 2014.
  2. Sh. Ghanaatian, E. Joonaki, H. Erfani, “Experimental Study on Adsorption and Wettability Alteration Aspects of a New Surfactant on Carbonate Reservoir Rocks”, Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, Volume 15, September 2016, Pages 11–21.
  3. E. Joonaki, Sh. Ghanaatian, Gh. Zargar, ‘A New Approach to Simultaneously Enhancing Heavy Oil Recovery and Hindering Asphaltene Precipitation’, Iranian Journal of Oil & Gas Science and Technology, Vol. 1 (2012), No. 1, pp. 37-42. 
  4. E. Joonaki, Sh. Ghanaatian, Gh. Zargar, ‘An Intelligence Approach for Porosity and Permeability Prediction of Oil Reservoirs using Seismic Data’, International Journal of Computer Applications 80(8):19-26, October 2013. 
  5. A. Rostami, M. Arabloo, E. Joonaki, Sh. Ghanaatian, A. Hassanpouryouzband, “Fast Estimation of Supercritical CO2 Thermal Conductivity by a Supervised Learning Machine: Implications for EOR”, 79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2017 (EUROPEC), Paris, France. 

 


 

Shima Ghanaatian

June 27, 2018

Dr. Omid Shahrokhi

in Research Staff

by Amir Jahanbakhsh

Dr. Omid Shahrokhi     Research Associate

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


 

    Office: JN1.29

    Phone: 0131 451 3809

    Email: O.Shahrokhi@hw.ac.uk

 

 

 

Biography:


Dr. Omid Shahrokhi holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering and an MSc in Reservoir Engineering both awarded by the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.  In 2011, he joined the EOR Research Group at Sharif University of Technology as a Research Assistant, where he was mainly involved with Enhanced Oil Recovery with CO2 and Reservoir Characterisation studies.

In September 2012, he commenced his PhD studies at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he was a member of the Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and CO2 Solutions.  The focus of his PhD was two- and three-phase flow characterisation in porous media (with focus on hydrophobic carbonates).  His postgraduate research included two- and three-phase unsteady and steady state relative permeability measurements, high-pressure and high-temperature multiphase flow-through experiments for immiscible and miscible EOR processes.  These processes specifically involved cyclic injection (e.g. WAG injection), as well as multi-scale wettability measurements, which are relevant to the flow characterisation of CO2 storage in mature oil reservoirs and brine aquifers.

He successfully completed his PhD in June 2018, and then joined the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Watt University.  He is currently a Research Associate on the MILEPOST project, where his research will focus on the understanding of multiphase flow mechanisms at multi-scale (pore to core) for reactive flow.

Research Interests:


His main research areas are Mechanisms of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media, EOR Processes, Geological Carbon Storage, and Reservoir Characterization. 

Recent Publications:


  1. Shahrokhi, O., Fatemi, M., Sohrabi, M., Ireland, S., & Ahmed, K. (2014): ”Assessment of Three-Phase Relative Permeability and Hysteresis Models for Simulation of Water-Alternating-Gas (WAG) Injection in Water-wet and Mixed-wet Systems”, SPE-169170, SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA-SPE, http://dx.doi.org/ 10.2118/169170-MS.

  2. Fatemi, M., Shahrokhi, O., Sohrabi, M., Vieira, R., & Ahmed, K. (2015). “Experimental Investigation of Oil Recovery from Carbonate Reservoir Rocks under Oil-Wet Condition: Waterflood, Gas Injection, SWAG and WAG Injections”.  SPE-177641, http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/177641-MS

  3. Shahrokhi, O., Sohrabi, M., & Masalmeh, S. (2018). “The Impact of Gas/Oil IFT and Gas Type on the Performance of Gas, WAG and SWAG Injection Schemes in Carbonates Rocks”. SPE-190338, http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/190338-MS.


 

Dr. Omid Shahrokhi

June 27, 2018

Elizabeth Vera Bernal

in PhD Students

by Amir Jahanbakhsh

Elizabeth Vera Bernal     Visiting PhD Student

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


 

    Office: JN3.04

    Phone: TBC

    Email: ev21@hw.ac.uk

   

 

 Biography:


Elizabeth is a PhD student at the Materials Research Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and is currently spending a year abroad working at the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions.  Her PhD focus is alkaline ceramics used for CO2 capture, along with CO2 conversion to added value products and syngas, via diverse catalytic reactions. 

 

Research Interests:


Her main research areas are Carbon capture, reaction kinetics, gas adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis, syngas production.  

 

Recent Publications:


  1. Vera, J. F. Gómez-García, H. Pfeiffer, Enhanced CO2 chemisorption at high temperatures via oxygen addition using (Fe, Cu or Ni)-containing sodium cobaltates as solid sorbents. Journal of CO2 Utilization, 25 (2018) 147-157.
  2. Olavarría, E. Vera, E. J. Lima, H. Pfeiffer, Synthesis and evaluation as CO2 chemisorbent of the Li5(Al1 xFex)O4 solid solution materials: Effect of oxygen addition. Journal of Energy Chemistry, 26 (2017) 948-955.
  3. A. Lara-García, E. Vera, J. A. Mendoza-Nieto, J. F. Gómez-García, Y. Duan, H. Pfeiffer, Bifunctional application of lithium ferrites (Li5FeO4 and LiFeO2) during carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation and chemisorption processes. A catalytic, thermogravimetric and theoretical analysis. Chemical Engineering Journal, 327 (2017) 783-791. 
  4. A. Mendoza-Nieto, E. Vera, H. Pfeiffer, Methane reforming process by means of a carbonated Na2ZrO3 catalyst. Chemistry Letters., 45 (2016) 685-687. 
  5. Vera, B. Alcántar-Vázquez, Y. Duan, H. Pfeiffer, Bifunctional application of sodium cobaltate as a catalyst and captor through CO oxidation. RSC Advances, 6 (2016) 2162-2170. 

 


 

Elizabeth Vera Bernal

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