Mercedes Maroto-Valer

We are leading research with global industry partners across the entire carbon capture and storage chain, to provide innovative solutions to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and meet global energy demands.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Associate Principal (Global Sustainability), Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Engineering, Director of Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS).

Global demand for water, food and energy is predicted to grow by up to 50% to meet the rise of world's population to 8 billion by 2030. New solutions are needed fast for securing water, food and energy supplies. Reducing the amount of harmful CO2 emissions in the earth’s atmosphere remains one of the great scientific challenges of the modern age.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer has established an international reputation at the research interface of energy and the environment. She leads a team of 50 researchers in the EPSRC-funded Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) developing novel solutions to meet the worldwide strive for energy, with particular emphasis on clean technologies.

RCCS is developing a whole portfolio of technologies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions while meeting energy demands. By uniquely combining interdisciplinary expertise and scientific breakthroughs, where science and diverse engineering fields meet, they work to accelerate the technological innovation needed for wider uptake of carbon capture and storage.

One project led by the award-winning scientist is the creation of low carbon, synthetic aviation fuel made from agricultural waste, forest biomass and captured CO2. The project is frontier research which, if successful, could scale up this greener fuel for commercial production, to reduce carbon emissions by 24 per cent by 2050.

Real-world impact

Project COMET is a £20 million Government-backed initiative to drive innovation in carbon capture and storage focused on metering technologies. Following the success of Phase 1 with international operator in natural gas pipelines, Interconnecter UK, funding was secured for Phase 2 with world-leader in industrial process instrumentation, Krohne. A shining example of research and innovation in partnership with industry.

In a project with potentially ground-breaking impact on science and society, the team secured a €3 million European Research Council Advanced Award, one of only 16 awards made across Europe. This has allowed the team progress plans to 3D print porous rocks with incorporated micro sensors - effectively creating ‘smart rocks' which can ‘talk' about what actually goes on deep underground. 

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