Dr. Mohsen Karimi

Research Associate

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


Mohsen graduated as an exceptionally talented student from Shiraz University with MSc degree in 2013, then he worked as a Research Assistant in the same research group for two years. In 2016, he jointed as a process engineer to the start-up phase of Persian Gulf Star Gas Condensate Refinery as the world’s largest gas condensate refinery (Persian Gulf, Iran), which was involved on that project for around one year. Subsequently, in Sep 2017, he started his PhD journey at the Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering (LSRE) of University of Porto, which he successfully defended his thesis by honour of cum Laude in Feb 2023.

During his PhD journey, Mohsen received a research grant awarded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and a full funded PhD scholarship awarded by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal), as the most competitive scholarship in Portugal, and a Research Fellow awarded by University of Porto. He also participated in VALORCOMP (€1M) and COMPETE2020 (€2.85M) projects. Mohsen’s PhD project was focused on synthesis of the sustainable adsorbents for CO2 capture, designing and fabricating adsorption rig, as well as designing and developing cyclic adsorption processes (PSA, PVSA etc.) for post and pre combustion applications.

In 2023, Mohsen joined the RCCS group to pursue his research interests under the supervision of Prof. Susana Garcia through the USorbDAC project, which aims to unlock the scalable potential of sorbent-based direct air capture technologies.

Roles & Responsibilities

Research interests

CO2 Capture and Utilization, Adsorption Technology, Direct Air Capture, Sustainability, Climate Change Mitigation