BSc, PhD, FRSC

Robert Buchan Chair

Telephone
+44 (0)131 451 8028
Email
m.maroto-valer@hw.ac.uk
Address
JN1.24
Heriot-Watt University
Mercedes Maroto-Valer
Roles and responsibilities
  • Assistant Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation)
  • Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Director of Energy Academy
Research

Prof Maroto-Valer leads a team of 40 researchers developing novel solutions to meet the worldwide strive for energy, with particular emphasis on clean technologies, including carbon dioxide capture, transport, storage and utilization.  She has over 410 publications, including editor of 4 books and 32% of her publications are in top 10% most cited worldwide. She holds leading positions in professional societies and editorial boards and has received numerous international prizes and awards, including 2013 Hong-Kong University Mong Distinguished Fellowship, 2011 RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award, 2009 Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2005 US Department of Energy Award for Innovative Development, 1997 Ritchie Prize, 1996 Glenn Award- Fuel Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society and the 1993 ICI Chemical & Polymers Group Andersonian Centenary Prize.  She is PI/CI projects worth ~£35m, and has recently been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Award.

Selected list of active projects:

Project title

Duration

Funder

Notes

PROMOTEE: Functional porous carbon materials derived from coal tar for energy and environmental

Applications

Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2020

EU-Research Fund for Coal & Steel (RFCS)

€2.2 m

Next Generation Green Data Centres for Environmental and Business Sustainability

Oct 2016- March 2019

Newton-Malaysia R&D Bridges

£2.5m

MILEPOST- Microscale Processes Governing Global Sustainability

Sept 2016- August 2021

ERC Advanced Grant

~ €3m

Novel adsorbents applied to integrated energy-efficient industrial CO2 capture

Sept 2016-August 2019

EPSRC

£1m

Low carbon jet fuel through integration of novel technologies for co-valorisation of CO2 and biomass

Jan 2016-Dec 2019

EPSRC

£1.8m

Solar fuels via engineering innovation

March 2013-August 2018

EPSRC-Challenging Engineering & Senior RAEng Fellow Programme

£1.2m

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis – CRITICAT

April 2014 – Sept 2022

EPSRC-CDT

£4.3m

CO2 injection and storage - Short and long-term behaviour at different spatial scales

Nov 2013 -

Feb 2017

EPSRC

£1.2m

CO2TRIP: Long-term research activities in the area of advanced CO2 capture technologies for clean coal energy

Jan 2014-Dec 2018

FP7- Marie Curie Actions IRSES

€ 300k

Selected publications

She has over 410 publications, including editor of 4 books and 32% of her publications are in top 10% most cited worldwide 

For list of outputs, please check: 

https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/m-mercedes-maroto-valer

orcid.org/0000-0003-1643-2863

Scopus Author ID: 7003265799

ResearcherID: F-5016-2014

Biography

Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA) is Assistant Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation) and Director of the Energy Academy at Heriot-Wat University.  She is also is Director of the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS).

Mercedes has held academic appointments at the University of Kentucky (1997-1998), Pennsylvania State University (1998-2004) and University of Nottingham (2005-2012). Mercedes obtained her PhD in 1997 at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland). Following a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Applied Energy Research (CAER) at the University of Kentucky in US, she moved to the Pennsylvania State University in US, where she worked as Research Fellow and from 2001 as Assistant Professor and became Program Coordinator for Sustainable Energy. She joined the University of Nottingham as Reader in 2005 and within 3 years she was promoted to Professor in Energy Technologies. During her time at Nottingham she was the Head of the Energy and Sustainability Research Division at the Faculty of Engineering.Prof M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer is the first Robert Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. This is a joint appointment between the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Institute of Petroleum Engineering. At Heriot-Watt she has served as the Head of the Institute for Mechanical, Processing and Energy Engineering (School of Engineering and Physical Sciences) and leads the pan-University Energy Academy. She is also Director of the EPSRC funded Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS). She is a member of the Directorate of the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS).

Her outstanding contributions, publication record and service to the chemical sciences and energy engineering have been recognised with numerous international prizes and awards, including 2013 Hong Kong University William Mong Distinguished Lecture, 2011 RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award, 2009 Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2005 US Department of Energy Award for Innovative Development, 1997 Ritchie Prize, 1996 Glenn Award- Fuel Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society and the 1993 ICI Chemical & Polymers Group Andersonian Centenary Prize.

Further information

Examples of projects include:

  • Solar fuels: Development of systems (nanostructures and reactors) for CO2 photoreduction and other processes for CO2 utilisation.
  • Experimental and modelling studies on the mineralogical changes and fluid chemistry derived from the injection of CO2 and co-injection of gas mixtures (e.g. CO2-SO2).
  • Metering technologies for CO2 pipeline transport.
  • Development of novel, low-cost sorbents for low- and high-temperature CO2 capture for power (pre- and post-combustion) and industrial sectors.
  • Experimental and modelling studies of wellbore integrity for CCS and hydrocarbon operations.
  • Geological sequestration of CO2 in saline aquifers, brines and unmineable coal seams.
  • Integration of CCS and CO2 utilisation for the oil and gas sectors, e.g. enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR).
  • Monitoring, measuring and verification of potential effects on aquatic and terrestrial environments of potential seepage from CO2 storage sites or pipelines.
  • Decentralised options for CCS, including mineral carbonation of industrial wastes and silicate rocks.
  • Gas clean-up, including trace metals (mercury etc), NOx/SOx, by-products for combustion and gasification.
  • Public acceptability and regulatory issues related to CCS