Carbon capture research

The carbon capture group at the University of Edinburgh's School of Engineering is one of the largest carbon capture research groupings in the United Kingdom, looking at capture and transportation of carbon dioxide. We have two main fields of interest: adsorption and power plant engineering, within which the members of the group possess a broad range of research expertise. We are also a member of the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) Centre which is the largest CCS grouping in the UK with members from the University of Edinburgh's Schools of Geosciences, Engineering, and Chemistry, Heriot-Watt University, and the British Geological Survey. The SCCS Centre comprises in excess of 75 researchers.

The Adsorption & Membrane group's expertise covers:

  • Testing and ranking of adsorbents for carbon dioxide capture using the zero-length column system.
  • Testing of polymers for membranes for Carbon Capture.
  • Molecular modelling and simulation of novel nanoporous materials.
  • Dynamic process modelling and simulation of adsorption and membrane-based capture technologies.

  • Process integration and optimisation.
  • Circulating fluidised beds.
  • Mixed-matrix membranes and carbon nanotubes.

The power plant engineering group's expertise covers:

  • Power plant engineering with carbon capture.
  • Post-combustion capture for coal and natural gas, and oxyfuel combustion.
  • Process engineering, control and techno-economics of transient capture operations.
  • Techno-economics of CO2 capture and transport in low carbon electricity markets.

For more information on...

  • the projects we are or have been involved in, which are funded by the EPSRC, EU and DOE.
  • new PhD positions and how to apply for one.
  • the newly developed MSc course in carbon capture run in conjunction with the School of Geosciences.
  • the School of Engineering carbon capture research group members.
  • the laboratory facilities for carbon capture research.