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Dr Mathieu Lucquiaud

Senior Lecturer

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Phone: +44131 650 4867

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes


Education / Academic qualification

Master of Engineering, INSA Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon)
Doctor of Engineering, Imperial College London
Steam cycle options for capture-ready power plants, retrofits and flexible operation with post-combustion CO2 capture

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseCarbon Capture, Energy, Power Generation


2010, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London

'Steam cycle options for capture-ready power plants, retrofits and flexible operation with post-combustion CO2 capture'


2004, MEng, INSA Lyon, France, 'Grandes Ecoles' network


I have worked on CO2 capture from power stations since 2005, first at Imperial College London and from 2010 at the University of Edinburgh. I held a Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2012 to 2017 on "Future-proofing fossil power stations for CO2 capture". I am currently Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. 

My research takes place in the Institute for Energy Systems in the School of Engineering, where I focus on technology development for Carbon Capture and Storage in electricity generation and relevant industrial proceses.

I teach mathematics to engineers, thermodynamics and carbon capture technologies.

From 2018, I aim to reach students worlwide to teach about 'Climate Change and Carbon Capture and Storage', with a free online course on the platform EdX.

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the interface of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, combustion and techno-economics. 

Adding carbon capture and storage to coal, gas and biomass power stations

  • Retrofitting options for existing fossil power plants
  • Carbon Capture Ready options for new plants
  • Future-proofing CCS power plants against technology and regulatory developments
  • Exhaust Gas Recycling of Gas Turbines
  • Turbomachinery and novel low-carbon power cycles with supercritical CO2
  • Integration of carbon capture processes in power cycles
  • Derisk carbon capture at industrial sites by taking technologies out of the lab to industrial sites with a transportable laboratory unit
  • Novel low-pressure drop CO2 absorbers

Improving the flexibility of CCS power plants for resilient low-carbon energy systems with CCS, renewables and nuclear

  • Part-load and dynamic operation of power stations with carbon capture
  • Enhance the transient capabilities of CO2 capture technologies
  • Novel instrumentation for flexible amine processes
  • Shifting the financial penalty of capture from high to low electricity selling price

Current Research Interests

Recently funded projects and research interests that I would like to pursue further

Selective Exhaust Gas Recycling in coal and gas power stations

Electrical tomography development for multi-phase flow with mass transfer in structured packing 

Developing new structured packings for carbon capture

CO2 networks and CCS power stations

Direct Air Capture

Biomass Enhanced CCS

My research in a nutshell


Research students

As principal supervisor

Bill Buschle (2010 - 2015) Solvent Analysis Instrumentation Options for the Control and Flexible Operation of Post Combustion Carbon Dioxide Capture Plants, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/14240>

Maria Sanchez del Rio (2011 - 2015) Gas Turbine Power Cycles for Retrofitting and Repowering Coal Plants With Post-Combustion Carbon Dioxide Capture, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/20484>

Abigial Gonzalez (2012 - 2016) Sequential supplementary firing in natural gas combined cycle plants with carbon capture for enhanced oil recovery, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/20483>

Laura Herraiz (2011 - 2016) Selective exhaust gas recirculation in combined cycle gas turbine power plants with post-combustion carbon capture, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/20485

Paul Tait (2012 - ) Pilot-scale testing of dynamic operation and measurement of interfacial wave dynamics in post-combustion carbon dioxide capture

Thomas Spitz (2014 - ) CCS power stations at the interface of CO2 and electricity networks, with Dr Hannah Chalmers (Edinburgh)

Erika Palfi (2014 - ) Novel engineering options for natural gas combined cycles with exhaust gas recycling, with Dr Hannah Chalmers, Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari (Edinburgh), Dr David Vega-Maza (Aberdeen) and Howden Group

Charlotte Mitchell (2017 - ) An innovative oxyfired supercritical CO2 power cycle for highly flexible electricity generation


As co-supervisor

Olivia Errey (2010 - 2017) Flexibility of natural gas combined cycle power stations with carbon capture, with Dr Hannah Chalmers and Prof Jon Gibbins (Edinburgh)

Patrick Schmidt (2012 - 2016) Interfacial dynamics in counter-current gas-liquid flows, with Dr Prashant Valluri (Edinburgh), Dr Lennon O'Narraigh (University College Dublin) and Sulzer ChemTech

Research Groups

UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) https://ukccsrc.ac.uk/

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) http://www.sccs.org.uk/

UK Pilot Advanced Capture Test facilities (PACT) http://www.pact.ac.uk/

Institute for Energy Systems http://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/research/institutes/ies


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