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Prof Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA) is leading the development of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).  She is also Associate Principal (Global Sustainability) and Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Wat University.  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 475 publications, including editor of 4 books and 25% of her publications are in top 10% most cited worldwide. Her research portfolio has included as PI/CI projects worth ~ £35m, including a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Award.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Associate Principal (Global Sustianability)

  • Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering

  • Director Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS)
  • Assistant Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation), 2017-2019

  • Director of Energy Academy, 2013-2017

Biography

Prof Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA) is leading the development of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).  She is also Associate Principal (Global Sustainability) 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 475 publications, including editor of 4 books and 25% 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 2019 Scottish Women Award - Services to Science and Technology, 2019 Honorary Doctorate by Technical University Delft, 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 included 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.

SInce 2019, she is Associate Principal for Global Sustainability at Heriot-Watt, providing leadership for the University’s approach to sustainability across our global community.

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Research Output

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    Advanced High-Temperature CO2 Sorbents with Improved Long-Term Cycling Stability

    Nityashree, N., Manohara, G. V., Maroto-Valer, M. M. & Garcia, S., 29 Jul 2020, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 12, 30, p. 33765–33774 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Alkali modified P25 with enhanced COadsorption for COphotoreduction

    Tan, J. Z. Y., Gavrielides, S., Xu, H. R., Thompson, W. A. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., 2020, In : RSC Advances. 10, 47, p. 27989-27994 6 p.

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    A Pore-Scale Investigation of Fluid Displacement and Residual Trapping Under Intermediate-Wet Conditions

    Nhunduru, R., Jahanbakhsh, A., Shahrokhi, O., Wlodarczyk, K., Hand, D., MacPherson, W., Garcia, S. & Maroto-Valer, M., 5 May 2020, EGU General Assembly 2020: Sharing Geoscience Online.

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

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  • Carbon Stabilised Saponite Supported Transition Metal-Alloy Catalysts for Chemical CO2 Utilisation via Reverse Water-Gas Shift Reaction

    Nityashree, N., Price, C. A. H., Pastor-Perez, L., Manohara, G. V., Garcia, S., Maroto-Valer, M. M. & Reina, T. R., Feb 2020, In : Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 261, 118241.

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
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    Prizes

    2013 Hong-Kong University Mong Distinguished Fellowship

    Maroto-Valer, M. Mercedes (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: National/international honour

  • 2018 SRUK/CERU Merit Award

    Maroto-Valer, M. Mercedes (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • 2019 Scottish Womens Awards

    Maroto-Valer, M. Mercedes (Recipient), 21 Aug 2019

    Prize: National/international honour

    Fellow of the IChemE

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

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Activities

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

    Ultrafast laser manufacturing of glass microfluidic devices

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Richard Carter (Contributor), Omid Shahrokhi (Contributor), Rumbidzai Nhunduru (Contributor), Amir Jahanbakhsh (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor) & M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor)

    26 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Laser-based fabrication of microfluidic devices for porous media applications

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Amir Jahanbakhsh (Contributor), Richard Carter (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor) & M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor)

    13 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Laser-manufactured microfluidic devices for the study of mechanisms governing transport in porous media

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Amir Jahanbakhsh (Contributor), Richard Carter (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor) & M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor)

    25 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Richard Carter (Contributor), Amir Jahanbakhsh (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor) & M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor)

    6 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation