Personal profile

Research interests

Prof MarotoValer 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.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assistant Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation)

  • Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering

  • Director of Energy Academy

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.

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Research Output 1996 2017

lizardite
sodium
Carbonation
carbon dioxide
dissolution
Carbonation
Minerals
mineral

Coal-derived unburned carbons in fly ash: A review

Hower, J. C., Groppo, J. G., Graham, U. M., Ward, C. R., Kostova, I. J., Maroto-Valer, M. M. & Dai, S. 15 Jun 2017 In : International Journal of Coal Geology. 179, p. 11–27 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

carbon
Carbon
fly ash
Fly ash
coal

Effect of Hg on CO2 capture by solid sorbents in the presence of acid gases

Fernández-Miranda, N., Garcia, S., Antonia Lopez-Anton, M., Martinez-Tarazona, M. R., Sanz-Pérez, E. S. & Maroto-Valer, M. M. 15 Mar 2017 In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 312, p. 367–374 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sorbents
gas
adsorption
Adsorption
Gases

Effects of titania based catalysts on in-situ pyrolysis of Pavlova microalgae

Aysu, T., Ola, O. O., Maroto-Valer, M. M. & Sanna, A. 21 Jun 2017 In : Fuel Processing Technology. 166, p. 291–298

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

catalysts
catalyst
Catalysts
oils
oil

Prizes

Fellow of the IChemE

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

Prize: Election to learned society

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