Dr. James Campbell

Research Fellow

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


James has a background primarily in analytical chemistry, having focussed on abiotic production of chlorofluorocarbons in his Chemistry undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University. In his Masters, in Carbon Capture and Storage, also at The University of Edinburgh, he went on to create and study a novel concept of microwave desorption of CO2 from metal organic frameworks and other inorganic supports for CO2 capture applications which attracted some private and public funding. He then moved to Vancouver, Canada, to study Direct Air Capture systems, with a focus on lowering the temperature of this process using catalysts, leading to a number of publications. James is a researcher and tutor in geochemical carbon dioxide removal (CDR) – which includes Carbon Mineralisation, Enhanced Weathering, Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement, and Direct Air Capture. Although his special focus is on the kinetics of CO2-mineral reactions, he has contributed to a broad range of multidisciplinary publications. James enjoys exploring and generating novel ideas at the frontier of geochemical CDR.

Roles & Responsibilities

Research interests

James’ main research areas are Negative Emissions Technology, Direct Air Capture, CO2 Mineralization, Analytical Chemistry.