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Beatriz Beccari Barreto     Visiting PhD Student

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


    Office: JC NF 08

    Phone: 0131 451 8121

    Email: bb58@hw.ac.uk





Beatriz graduated in Environmental Engineering in 2016 with a double-degree from Universidade de Sao Paulo and Politecnico di Milano. In 2012 she worked as a junior researcher on the program of recycling at University of Sao Paulo. In 2013, she was a junior researcher in a program to study the recycling in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo. Her interest for climate change started in 2014 while doing a course at Harvard University about the effects of climate change on cities.

Her Master thesis was entitled the “Confined Submarine Storage Technology”, a new process to store carbon dioxide in glass capsules at the bottom of the ocean. This thesis led to a will to continue doing research in the theme of carbon capture and storage and related areas.

Beatriz did an internship at “Fundacao Centro Tecnologico Hidraulica”, at Sao Paulo on maritime engineering. There, she worked in a project on maritime structures for different ports in Brazil.

When she graduated, she started working as a researcher at the Sustainability Studies Centre of Fundacao Getulio Vargas, in Brazil. She worked with sustainable finance in the areas of solar energy, reforestation and carbon pricing. She developed numerical models and also wrote publications (Carbon Management and Pricing: Risks and Opportunities for Financial Institution (FEBRABAN and FGVCes, 2018)).

In 2018 Beatriz started her PhD at Politecnico di Milano in the same general area of her previous thesis under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Caserini. However, this new thesis focuses on a new process to do negative emissions using biomass and ocean alkalinization. The first year was dedicated to doing a Life Cycle Assessment of the technology. Now, in her second year, she came to Heriot-Watt University with Dr. Phil Renforth as her tutor to use the laboratories. The research here will focus on the dissolution of calcium oxide and calcium hydroxide.


Research Interests:

Her main research areas are Low carbon technology, negative emissions, ocean alkalinisation, sea chemistry, carbon capture and storage.  



  1. Beccari Barreto B, Caserini S, Dolci G, Grosso M (2019) Carbon dioxide submarine storage in glass containers: Life Cycle Assessment and cost analysis of four case studies in the cement sector. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 24.
  2. Caserini S, Dolci G, Azzellino A, Lanfredi C, Rigamonti L, Barreto B, Grosso M (2017) Evaluation of new technology for carbon dioxide submarine storage in glass capsules. Int J Greenhouse Gas Control 60:140– 155.
  3. Caserini S, Barreto B, Lanfredi C, Cappello G, Ross Morrey D, Grosso M (2019) Affordable CO2 negative emission through hydrogen from biomass, ocean liming, and CO2 storage. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 24. 

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