Ashna Nizar

PhD Student

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

Office: DB 2.62



Research Profile


Ashna Nizar is a dedicated full-time PhD student working within Heriot-Watt University’s Research Centre for Carbon Solutions. Her research is aimed at scoping the opportunities for industrial decarbonisation through CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage) in the UAE. Her work addresses the pressing need for optimized capture technologies in the UAE, where per capita CO2 emissions exceed 20 metric tons, prompting the government’s “UAE Net Zero by 2050” initiative. Ashna’s project involves mapping existing and potential CO2 sources and sinks, aiming to define tailored decarbonization case studies for the UAE. This research, crucial for achieving cost-competitive carbon capture solutions, aligns with global efforts for sustainable industrial practices.

Roles & Responsibilities

Research interests

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), circular economy, techno-economic assessment, Sustainable Processing, Process Engineering.