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Dr. Susana García received her MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2004, and then her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2010. Her PhD research focus was on injection of CO2-SO2 mixtures in geological formations for CO2 storage; she designed and assembled the experimental rig to conduct that work and also acquired computational skills to theoretically model that work. These computational skills were developed by collaborations and stays at international and recognized research centres: the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Oregon. The quality of her PhD work was reflected by the awards she received, including the 1st year best PhD report, a Business- Engineering and Science and Travel Scholarship (BESTS) to do an internship at USGS and a Graduate School travel bursary. Moreover, she was selected to attend the US Research experience in carbon sequestration summer school in 2008, being one of the only three non-US students sponsored to attend this workshop organized by the US Department of Energy. She also received the E.ON Prize for outstanding students with innovative ideas and research into sustainable energy as well as the Peer Review Prize in the same E.ON Energy Programme and Competition.

Upon completion of her PhD, she was involved in a collaborative academic-industrial research project for six months, which aimed at investigating and developing innovative CO2 compression system technologies for commercial utility scale CCS, improving on weaknesses in current CO2 compression approaches. After that, she moved to the Spanish National Coal Research Institute (INCAR-CSIC), located in Oviedo (Spain), as a Post-doctoral Research Member. Her research work there was mainly focused on CO2 capture by solid sorbents.

Research interests

Energy and engineering fields: clean coal technologies; CO2/H2 separation in gasification processes; deployment of adsorption technologies with solid sorbents for CO2 capture; new materials for CO2 capture processes; H2 purification; simulation of gas-phase adsorption processes; CO2 storage by different trapping mechanisms; impurities in CO2 gas streams and their effects on the whole carbon capture and storage (CCS) chain; experimental and modelling studies on the mineralogical changes and fluid chemistry derived from the injection of CO2 and co-injection of gas mixtures into saline aquifers; CO2 transportation for CCS and CO2 utilization.

Roles & Responsibilities

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Key Research Words/Phrases

Energy, clean coal technologies, carbon capture and storage

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Engineering, University of Oviedo

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

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Research Output

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

  • 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

    Open Access
  • Carbon capture and storage: Making fossil fuels great again?

    Smit, B. & Garcia, S., 1 Mar 2020, In : Europhysics News. 51, 2, p. 20-22 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    18 Downloads (Pure)

    CO2 Capture and Utilization Editorial

    Fernández, J. R., Garcia, S. & Sanz-Pérez, E. S., 15 Apr 2020, In : Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 59, 15, p. 6767-6772 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access


  • E.ON Energy Programme and Competition - 2nd Prize

    Garcia Lopez, Susana (Recipient), 6 Jun 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • E.ON Energy Programme and Competition - Peer Review Prize

    Garcia Lopez, Susana (Recipient), 6 Jun 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • First year PhD student Prize

    Garcia Lopez, Susana (Recipient), 26 Sep 2005

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Graduate School Travel Bursary

    Garcia Lopez, Susana (Recipient), 8 Jul 2007

    Prize: Other distinction