Stuart Haszeldine

SCCS Director and Professor of Carbon Capture & Storage, University of Edinburgh

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Stuart Haszeldine is the current Director of SCCS and the worlds first Professor of CCS, he is one of the key driving forces behind establishing CCS as a new industry in the UK, EU and worldwide. Stuart has over 35 years research experience in energy and environment; innovating new approaches to oil and gas extraction, radioactive waste disposal, carbon capture and storage, and biochar in soils. Stuart provides advice to both UK and Scottish governments. He was elected FRSE in 2002, awarded the Geological Society William Smith Medal in 2011 and in 2012 was appointed OBE for services to climate change technologies.

Key CCS Research

Evaluation of carbon capture and storage projects, subsurface storage of carbon dioxide. Movement and geochemistry of fluids in porous and fractured sedimentary rocks. Management of geological carbon. Radioactive waste storage. Energy supply. Shale gas. Compressed air storage. Climate Engineering.

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Eric Mackay

Foundation CMG Chair in Reactive Flow Simulation, Heriot-Watt University

t. +44 (0)131 451 3670

Eric Mackay holds the Foundation CMG Chair in Reactive Flow Simulation in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he has worked since 1990. He is involved in projects identifying methods for calculating secure CO₂ storage potential in saline formations and depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Key CCS Research

CO₂ Storage reservoir engineering, pore scale modelling and oilfield scale.

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Stefano Brandani

Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering, University of Edinburgh

t. +44 (0)131 651 9030

Stefano Brandani is Chair of Chemical Engineering at University of Edinburgh. Stefano and his research group focus their research on novel carbon capture technologies, including the use of nano-porous materials for adsorption and membrane processes. The aim is to reduce the size of the gas separation units and hence capital and running costs, by simultaneously optimising materials and processes. The group has a wide range of experimental equipment as well as in-house purpose built systems.

Key CCS Research

Carbon capture, adsorption and membrane gas separations, fluidization, capture process modelling.

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Maria-Chiara Ferrari

Senior Lecturer in Membranes for Carbon Capture, University of Edinburgh

t. +44(0)131 6505689

Maria-Chiara Ferrari received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2009 with a dissertation on mass transport in polymers. Since 2011, she has established her research and experimental facilities for membranes for gas separation at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on pre and post-combustion carbon capture from power plants (sponsored by ScottishPower and Johnson Matthey) and industrial plants and natural gas purification with both experimental and modelling studies. She is University of Edinburgh PI for the H2020 project, NanoMEMC2.

Key CCS Research

Pre and post-combustion carbon capture from power plants and industrial plants, and natural gas purification

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Mercedes Maroto-Valer

Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

t. +44 (0)131 451 8028

Mercedes Maroto-Valer's research at the interface of engineering and science is strongly linked to leading international collaborators and has resulted in notable outputs, with an international research reputation at the interface between energy and the environment. Her team is developing novel chemical and engineering solutions to meet the worldwide strive for cost-effective and environmentally-friendly energy, with particular emphasis on clean energy technologies, including carbon dioxide capture, transport, storage and utilization.

Key CCS Research

Experimental and modelling studies on the mineralogical changes and fluid chemistry derived from the injection of CO₂ and co-injection of gas mixtures, geological sequestration of CO₂, integration of CCS and CO₂ utilisation for the oil and gas sectors, monitoring, measuring and verification of potential effects on aquatic and terrestrial environments of CO₂ leakage.

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Maxine Akhurst

Geology and Landscape Project Leader, British Geological Survey

t. +44 (0)131 650 0285

Maxine Akhurst is a geologist at the British Geological Survey and leads, manages and contributes to applied geoscience research projects. She has experience in geological survey and 3D modelling, multi-contractor commissioned research, the geology of the Southern Uplands and Midland Valley as well as offshore Scotland. She has led three Scottish CCS studies funded by consortia of industry and government. She leads and manages BGS contributions to CCS research projects funded by the EU and UK research council.

Key CCS Research

Maxine’'s key areas of research interest are: screening, selection and regulation of geological sites for carbon capture and storage; application of numerical methods to palaeontological collections; applied geology of the Midland Valley of Scotland; architecture of geological survey data; Southern Uplands sedimentological and structural evolution; contourite and turbidite sedimentology; carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis.

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Andrew Curtis

Chair of Mathematical Geoscience, Head of Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute, University of Edinburgh

t. +44 (0)131 650 8515

Andrew Curtis's career spans both industry (Schlumberger Research and Business Development) and academia (Universities of Oxford, Utrecht and Edinburgh). His research is focused around Geophysics,– largely earthquake and exploration seismology, in which he develops new methods and applications for seismic interferometry, imaging and inversion, and for the optimisation of survey designs. He also develops new methods of expert elicitation. He has applied this research in a number of areas ranging from studies of large-scale structure of the Earth's crust and lithosphere, to small-scale studies of hydrocarbon and potential CO₂ storage reservoirs. His experience in CCS ranges from site characterisation and monitoring, to expert elicitation and project risk analysis.

Key CCS Research

Survey design; seismic imaging, characterisation and monitoring; seismic interferometry; applying inverse theory to industrial problems; uncertainty and risk analysis; expert elicitation.

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David Vega-Maza

CCS Aberdeen champion, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, University of Aberdeen

t. +44 (0)1224 272672

David Vega-Maza gained his research experience to date in the fields of experimental thermodynamics (including calorimetry and phase behaviour), fundamental measurement science (including acoustic techniques for gas properties and new standards in temperature and humidity), and in power plants analysis and simulation. He joined the Shell and Qatar CCS research group at Imperial College London, where he carried out experimental work measuring thermophysical properties of CO₂-fluid mixtures under capture and storage conditions. His research portfolio at the University of Aberdeen aims to develop new models and measuring technologies in order to gain fundamental knowledge, reduce uncertainties and engage in cross-cutting activities in CCS as a climate change mitigation technology.

Key CCS Research

Thermophysical properties of CO₂ mixtures under extreme conditions; presence of impurities; interfacial properties: interfacial tension, contact angle and interfacial rheology; spectroscopy applied to rock-fluids and adsorbents-fluids interactions at reservoir conditions; novel downhole sensors: acoustics, electrical properties, fluids and phase detection.

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Julia Race

Julia Race

Senior Lecturer in Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde

t. +44 (0)141 548 5709

Julia Race has worked in industry for over 20 years, spending seven years as an integrity consultant for GE Oil and Gas where she was responsible for providing fitness-for-purpose, remaining life and corrosion assessments for onshore and offshore pipelines. She has also worked as a materials engineer in the petrochemical and power generation industries involved with the operation, maintenance and design of chemical and power plants. Julia ran the MSc in Pipeline Engineering, established an MSc in Subsea Engineering and Management and began her main research into the pipeline and marine transport of CO₂ for CCS at Newcastle University before joining the University of Strathclyde, where she continues her research interests in CCS transport. Julia also has a wide range of research expertise in metallurgy, failure analysis, welding and corrosion in the power, petrochemicals and energy sectors.

Key CCS Research

CCS Transport - pipeline and marine transport of CO₂; modelling external corrosion in pipelines and evaluating the effect of denting on pipeline integrity.

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Florian Doster

Florian Doster

Assistant Professor, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

t. +44 (0)131 451 4077

Before joining Heriot Watt in 2013 as an Assistant Professor, Florian Doster worked with Michael A Celia's group at Princeton University, US, tackling engineering modelling aspects and with Jan M. Nordbotten at University of Bergen, Norway in applied mathematics. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research area is the challenge of modelling flow phenomena in porous materials. He and his research group focus on problems at the interface between physics, mathematics and engineering. The general questions addressed are: Are the established models sufficient? How do we incorporate additional physics and novel pore-scale phenomena in large-scale models? What are the most efficient ways of solving these models? What is the appropriate level of complexity for specific problems? Can we develop a robust frameworks to identify first order phenomena?

Key CCS Research

Reduced complexity modelling to assess storage capacity and safety on large scales in space and time; Trapping phenomena and their physical and mathematical representation; Efficient representation of fractures and faults.

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Mathieu Lucquiaud

Mathieu Lucquiaud

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Edinburgh, and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow

t. +44 (0)131 650 8697

Mathieu Lucquiaud’s research is at the interface of thermal power generation, combustion, carbon capture processes and energy systems with CCS. His research is multi-scale and interdisciplinary. It ranges from power generation systems with carbon capture to multiphase flow in CO₂ absorption columns; and from process intensification of capture technologies to research at the pilot plant scale and in-situ at industrial sites. It principally focuses on operational flexibility across the CCS chain for resilient low-carbon energy systems, thermal power plant and power cycle design and novel capture solvent technologies.

Key CCS Research

Advanced power cycles and power plant design with CO₂ capture; engineering options for operational flexibility across the CCS chain; novel CO₂ absorbers & packings; derisking novel solvent capture technology in-situ at industrial sites.

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Andreas Busch

Associate Professor in GeoEnergy, Heriot-Watt University

t. +44 (0)131 451 3035

Andreas Busch integrates geochemistry, petrophysics, physical chemistry and geomechanics with general geology to understand and de-risk CCS reservoirs and seal processes. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt University in 2016, he coordinated several large scale research projects combining theoretical, laboratory and field based work within Shell Global Solutions in the Netherlands. His major focus is on seal integrity for safe CO2 storage. Since joining Heriot-Watt in 2016, he is in charge of the GeoEnergy lab, dealing with CCS, unconventional reservoirs, energy storage and geothermal energy.

Key CCS Research

Coupling between geochemistry, flow and geomechanics for reservoir and seal characterisation. Quantification of potential CO2 leakage through the overburden of CCS sites including risk assessment.

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