Prof. Susana García

Prof. Susana García, MRSC, AMIChemE     Professor

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


    Office: JN 2.12

    Phone:+44 (0)131 451 8083


    Research Profile:




Dr. Susana García received her MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2004, and then her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2010. Her PhD research focus was on injection of CO2-SO2 mixtures in geological formations for CO2 storage. The quality of her PhD work was reflected by the different awards she received, including the E.ON Prize for outstanding students with innovative ideas and research into sustainable energy. Upon completion of her PhD, she was involved in a collaborative academic-industrial research project, which aimed at investigating and developing innovative CO2 compression system technologies for commercial utility scale CCS. After that, she moved to the Spanish National Coal Research Institute (INCAR-CSIC), located in Oviedo (Spain), as a Post-doctoral Research Member. Her research work there was mainly focused on the development and testing of carbon-based solid sorbent materials for different CO2 capture applications.

In May 2014, Dr. Susana García joint Heriot-Watt University as an Assistant Professor, where she is conducting research in the following research areas: Advanced materials and separation processes for energy, industrial and environmental applications; Biogas upgrading systems; Process intensification to reduce energy demands of different separation/capture systems; Process integration and techno-economic analyses of advanced separation processes; Integrity of CO2 geological sequestration systems; Understanding and establishing links between geochemistry and geomechanics of geological formations for CO2 storage applications. As a result of her research activity, she has published 34 papers in refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings and has also contributed to several scientific and technical documents for companies.

Research interests

Her research expertise and interests include the following energy and engineering fields: clean coal technologies; deployment of adsorption technologies with solid sorbents for CO2 capture; new materials for CO2 capture; simulation of gas-phase adsorption processes; CO2 storage by different trapping mechanisms; experimental and modelling studies on the mineralogical changes and fluid chemistry derived from the injection of CO2 and co-injection of gas mixtures into saline aquifers; CO2 transportation for CCS and CO2 utilization.

Recent Publications:

  1. S. García, J. J. Pis, F. Rubiera, C. Pevida, 2013. Predicting mixed-gas adsorption equilibria on activated carbon for pre-combustion CO2 capture. Langmuir, 29 (20), 6042-6052.
  2. A. J. Nieto-Sánchez, M. Olivares-Marin, S. García, C. Pevida and E. M. Cuerda-Correa, 2013. Influence of the operation conditions on CO2  capture by CaO-derived sorbents prepared from synthetic CaCO3. Chemosphere, 93(9), 2148-2158.
  3. S. García, C. F. Martín, J. J. Pis, F. Rubiera and C. Pevida, 2013. Dynamic cyclic performance of phenol-formaldehyde resin-derived carbons for pre-combustion CO2 capture: An experimental study. Energy Procedia, 37(0), 127-133.
  4. S. García, Q. Liu and M. M. Maroto-Valer, 2014. A novel high pressure-high temperature experimental apparatus to study sequestration of CO2-SO2 mixtures in geological formations. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, doi: 10.1002/ghg.1418.
  5. S.García, Q. Liu, D.H. Bacon and M. M. Maroto-Valer, 2014. An investigation of reaction parameters on geochemical storage of non-pure CO2 streams in iron oxide-bearing formations. Fuel Processing Technology.

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