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Research interests

Prof Maroto-Valer is Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) comprising over 50 researchers and an active research portfolio of >£17m. RCCS is a world leading engineering centre delivering innovation for the wider deployment of low-carbon energy systems required for meeting carbon targets, including carbon capture, conversion, transport and storage; emissions control, low carbon fuels and process/systems integration. She has over 450 publications, including editor of 4 books and 32% of her publications are in top 10% most cited worldwide.  Her research portfolio has included as PI/CI projects worth ~ £35m, and has recently been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Award.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assistant Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation)

  • Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering

  • Director Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS)
  • Director of Energy Academy

Biography

Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA) is Assistant Deputy Principal (Research & Innovation) and Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Wat University.  Mercedes has held academic appointments at the University of Kentucky (1997-1998), Pennsylvania State University (1998-2004), University of Nottingham (2005-2012) and Heriot-Watt University (2012-now). 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. She joined Heriot-Watt University in 2012 as the first Robert Buchan Chair in Sustainable Engineering and she has been Director of the cross-university Energy Academy and Head of the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering. 

She is Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) comprising over 50 researchers and an active research portfolio of >£17m. RCCS is a world leading engineering centre delivering innovation for the wider deployment of low-carbon energy systems required for meeting carbon targets, including carbon capture, conversion, transport and storage; emissions control, low carbon fuels and process/systems integration. She has over 450 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 currently serves as President Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division - Royal Society Chemistry (RSC), Editor-in-Chief Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, Member of the British Geological Survey (BGS) Advisory Committee, Board Member of the Energy Technologies Partnership (ETP), Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Frontiers of Engineering Steering Group, Member Communities Board-Royal Society Chemistry (RSC), and Institute Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Energy Centre - The Leadership Forum. She has received numerous international prizes and awards, including 2018 SRUK/CERU Merit Award (Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK), 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.  Her research portfolio has included as PI/CI projects worth ~ £35m, and has recently been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Award.

In her role as Assistant Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation), her key strategic responsibilities include leading the development of university wide initiatives to support global research activities, as well as development of strategic partnerships to support innovation. She also contributes to the development and successful delivery and implementation of the University’s Research and Innovation strategy.

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Research Output 1996 2019

A ‘System’ Integration for Energy Recovery within Data Centres Using Combined Cooling and Power Technology

Luo, Y., Andresen, J., Clarke, H., Rajendra, M. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., 2018, In : Procedia Manufacturing. 21, p. 710-716

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File

Carbonation curing for wollastonite-Portland cementitious materials: CO2 sequestration potential and feasibility assessment

Wang, T., Garcia, S., Huang, H., Guo, R., Hu, X., Fang, M., Luo, Z. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., 23 Nov 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

CO2 Capture by ion exchange resins as amine functionalised adsorbents

Parvazinia, M., Garcia, S. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 331, p. 335-342 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Ion Exchange Resins
Carbon Monoxide
Adsorbents
Amines
Adsorption

Density of carbon dioxide with impurities by Coriolis flow meter, oscillation-type densitometer and equations of state

Nazeri, M., Maroto-Valer, M. M. & Jukes, E., 15 Feb 2018, In : Applied Energy. 212, p. 162-174 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Densitometers
flowmeter
Equations of state
equation of state
Carbon dioxide

Effect of very Low pH on Degradation of Class G Cement: Implications for CO2 Geological Storage

Recasens, M., Garcia, S., Mackay, E. J., Boak, L. S. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., Oct 2018, 14th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-14.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

cement
degradation
brine
hydrocarbon reservoir
effect

Prizes

2013 Hong-Kong University Mong Distinguished Fellowship

M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Recipient), 2013

Prize: National/international honour

Hong Kong

2018 SRUK/CERU Merit Award

M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

career
Society

Fellow of the IChemE

M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Recipient), 26 Feb 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

engineering
physical science
leadership
energy
chemical

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Recipient), 3 Mar 2015

Prize: Election to learned society

Philip Leverhulme Prize

M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2013 2017

  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation
  • 1 Public lecture

Fabrication of three-dimensional micro-structures in glass by picosecond laser micro-machining and welding

Wlodarczyk, K. (Speaker), Carter, R. (Contributor), Jahanbakhsh, A. (Contributor), Hand, D. P. (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor), Maroto-Valer, M. M. (Contributor)
6 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Energy Futures: the public debate

Maroto-Valer, M. M. (Speaker)
15 Apr 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture

University of Hong Kong, William Mong Distinguished Lecture 2013

Maroto-Valer, M. M. (Speaker)
2013

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk