Susana Garcia

MEng, PhD

Associate Professor

+44 (0)131 451 8083
Room 2.12
James Nasmyth Building
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering


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.

Selected publications

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.

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.

S. García, M. V. Gil, J. J. Pis, F. Rubiera, C. Pevida (2013). Cyclic operation of a fixed-bed pressure and temperature swing process for CO2 capture: Experimental and statistical analysis. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 12, 35-43.

S. Garcia, R.J. Rosenbauer, J. Palandri, M.M. Maroto-Valer (2012). Sequestration of non-pure carbon dioxide streams in iron-oxyhydroxide containing saline repositories. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 7, 89-97.

S. García, M.V. Gil, C.F. Martín, J.J. Pis, F. Rubiera, C. Pevida (2011). Breakthrough adsorption study of a commercial activated carbon for pre-combustion CO2 capture. Chemical Engineering Journal, 171(2), 549-556.

For a completed list of Dr. Garcia's publications, please go to her research profile portal.


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; she designed and assembled the experimental rig to conduct that work and also acquired computational skills to theoretically model that work. These computational skills were developed by collaborations and stays at international and recognized research centres: the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Oregon. The quality of her PhD work was reflected by the awards she received, including the 1st year best PhD report, a Business- Engineering and Science and Travel Scholarship (BESTS) to do an internship at USGS and a Graduate School travel bursary. Moreover, she was selected to attend the US Research experience in carbon sequestration summer school in 2008, being one of the only three non-US students sponsored to attend this workshop organized by the US Department of Energy. She also received the E.ON Prize for outstanding students with innovative ideas and research into sustainable energy as well as the Peer Review Prize in the same E.ON Energy Programme and Competition.

Upon completion of her PhD, she was involved in a collaborative academic-industrial research project for six months, which aimed at investigating and developing innovative CO2 compression system technologies for commercial utility scale CCS, improving on weaknesses in current CO2 compression approaches. 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 CO2 capture by solid sorbents.