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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 475 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, including a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Award.

Prof Maroto-Valer is Assistant Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation) at Heriot-Watt University.

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 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 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 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 2020

A decision support system for waste heat recovery and energy efficiency improvement in data centres

Luo, Y., Andresen, J., Clarke, H., Rajendra, M. & Maroto-Valer, M., 15 Sep 2019, In : Applied Energy. 250, p. 1217-1224 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Waste heat
Waste heat utilization
decision support system
Decision support systems
energy efficiency

A framework for waste heat energy recovery within data centre

Luo, Y., Andresen, J., Clarke, H., Rajendra, M. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., Feb 2019, In : Energy Procedia. 158, p. 3788-3794 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
File
Waste heat
Waste heat utilization
Recovery
Exergy
Gas emissions

A microfluidic photoelectrochemical cell for solar-driven CO2 conversion into liquid fuels with CuO-based photocathodes

Kalamaras, E., Belekoukia, M., Tan, J. Z. Y., Xuan, J., Maroto-Valer, M. M. & Andresen, J. M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Faraday Discussions. 215, p. 329-344 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

formic acid
Photoelectrochemical cells
liquid fuels
Photocathodes
Liquid fuels

Application of numerical modelling and flow experiments to optimize the design of microfluidic devices representing porous media

Jahanbakhsh, A., Shahrokhi, O., Nhunduru, R., Wlodarczyk, K. L., Hand, D. P. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., 10 May 2019, InterPore2019 Valencia Book of Abstracts.

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

Open Access
File
Microfluidics
Porous materials
Fabrication
Flow of fluids
Computer simulation
Open Access
File
Scavenging
Sulfides
Photocatalysts
Nitrides
Oxides

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

2019 Scottish Womens Awards

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

Prize: National/international honour

science

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

Activities 2013 2019

  • 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-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

Coupling Numerical Modelling with Flow Experiments to Optimize Fabrication of Microfluidic Devices for Transport in Porous Media Applications

Amir Jahanbakhsh (Speaker), Krystian Lukasz Wlodarczyk (Contributor), M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor), William Neil MacPherson (Contributor)
10 Sep 201811 Sep 2018

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-based manufacturing of microfluidic devices for reactive transport applications

Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Amir Jahanbakhsh (Contributor), Richard Carter (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor), M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor)
25 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation