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Dr. Charithea Charalambous     Research Associate

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


    Office: JC NF 08

    Phone: +44 (0) 131 451 8121

    Email: C.Charalambous@hw.ac.uk



Dr. Charithea Charalambous was recently awarded a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh (2018). Her PhD thesis is focused on the design, development, and testing of a novel temperature swing adsorption process for carbon dioxide capture, compression, and purification directly from atmospheric air. Her research was part of the Atmospheric Carbon Capture project. During her PhD, Charithea took a three-month secondment in Universidade Federal do Ceará as part of the Offshore Gas Separation and Carbon Capture project. Immediately after her PhD, she took a role as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in power plant engineering and carbon capture and storage at the University of Edinburgh.

Charithea is a multidisciplinary engineer graduated with an MRes in Green Chemistry from Imperial College London (in 2013), an MSc in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Sheffield (in 2012), and a BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Cyprus (in 2011). She has extensive expertise in carbon dioxide capture with focus on the design and development of novel adsorption processes for CO2 capture, compression, and purification. She is skilled in modelling and experimental testing across low-carbon energy and technology and, more recently, skilled in future innovations built on more sustainable processes

Charithea has joined Heriot-Watt University in 2018 as Research Associate. Her role involves the development of advanced dynamic models for CO2 capture and control models that will enable a smooth, effective, and safe operation of amine-based capture technology.


Research Interests:

Her main research areas are atmospheric air capture via temperature swing adsorption, power plant operation with carbon capture and storage, process thermodynamics, process dynamic modelling and control, experimental adsorption measurements, and generally, future innovations built on more sustainable processes.


Recent Publications:

  1. G. Santori, C. Charalambous, M.-C. Ferrari, S. Brandani (2018). "Adsorption artificial tree for atmospheric carbon dioxide capture, purification and compression". In: Energy, 162, pp. 1158–1168.

  2. C. Charalambous, G. Santori, E. Vilarrasa-Garcia, M. Bastos-Neto, C. L. Cavalcante Jr. and S. Brandani (2018). "Pure and Binary Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen on AQSOA FAM Z02". In: J. Chem. Eng. Data, 63 (3), pp. 661–670. 

  3. G. R. M. Dowson , D. G. Reed , J.-M. Bellas, C. Charalambous and P. Styring (2016). "Fast and selective separation of carbon dioxide from dilute streams by pressure swing adsorption using solid ionic liquids". In: Faraday Discuss., 192, pp. 511–527.



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