Mathieu Lucquiaud


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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 am a Reader in Clean Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage in the School of Engineering where I provide the leadership and management to an internationally leading activity in the Institute for Energy Systems. My research vision is both fundamental and 'mission orientated' and aims at developing the energy and climate technologies necessary to achieve a zero-carbon society, with a focus on clean, low-carbon energy with Carbon Capture and Storage and carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere.

I maintain a portfolio of high-quality teaching activity in Thermodynamics, in Energy and in Carbon Capture and Storage, as the Course Organiser and Lecturer of two undergraduate courses and their respective MSc versions.

In 2018, I launched the first free online course on Climate Change and Carbon Capture and Storage. It is available on the platform EdX and is aimed at the general public.

Research Interests

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

CO2 capture in thermal power stations

I focus on the thermodynamic integration of CO2 capture, innovative power cycles with CO2 recycling and the co-production of clean electricity and hydrogen with CO2 capture.

Flexible operation of CCS with renewables

This activity combines process modelling, novel process instrumentation, and pilot-scale testing at TRL5-6 for the flexible operation of capture technologies, a key feature to integrate CCS with variable renewable energy. This includes options to time-shift the energy penalty of CO2 for financial and electricity system benefits.

Low-cost gas/liquid contactors for carbon capture

I research a novel concept to contact combustion gases (or atmospheric air) with CO2 capture solvents using a prototype device. I develop new imaging techniques for liquid dispersion using electrical tomography and uses new bespoke fluid mechanic models.

Negative Emissions from Waste to Energy 

I coordinate a consortium of European partners establishing the first critical mass of R&D activities in the Waste to Energy sector. We intend to derisk close-to-commercial-deployment CO2 capture technologies in municipal waste incinerators and assess rigorously the potential for negative CO2 emissions in the sector. 

Current Research Interests

Ongoing research projects and research interests that I would like to pursue further

Synergies for clean electricity and clean hydrogen production zero-carbon industrial CCS clusters

Novel absorbers for carbon capture

Electrical tomography imaging of multi-phase flow with mass transfer in structured packing 

Cost reduction in Direct Air Capture

Engineering CO2 flow variability within CCS transport and storage networks 

Negative Emissions in the Waste to Energy Sector

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

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 <>

Maria Sanchez del Rio (2011 - 2015) Gas Turbine Power Cycles for Retrofitting and Repowering Coal Plants With Post-Combustion Carbon Dioxide Capture, available at <>

Abigail Gonzalez (2012 - 2016) Sequential supplementary firing in natural gas combined cycle plants with carbon capture for enhanced oil recovery, available at <>

Laura Herraiz (2011 - 2016) Selective exhaust gas recirculation in combined cycle gas turbine power plants with post-combustion carbon capture, available at <

Paul Tait (2012 - 2018) Pilot-scale testing of dynamic operation and measurement of interfacial wave dynamics in post-combustion carbon dioxide capture, available at <>

Thomas Spitz (2014 - 2019) Balancing the variability of flow in carbon dioxide transport and storage networks: low-carbon electricity systems in Great Britain, available at <

Erika Palfi (2014 - 2020) A Kinetic Model of a CO2 Recycling Rotary Adsorption Wheel for Gas Turbine Power Plants with Carbon Capture, available at <>

MennatAllah Labib (2018 - ) A Novel absorber for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Removal

Daniel Mullen (2020 - ) Thermodynamic integration and flexible operation of hydrogen and electricity production in industrial CCS clusters 


As co-supervisor

Olivia Errey (2010 - 2017) Variable capture levels of carbon dioxide from natural gas combined cycle power plant with integrated post-combustion capture in low carbon electricity markets, with Dr Hannah Chalmers(Edinburgh) and Prof Jon Gibbins (Sheffield), available here <>

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, available here <>

Sebastian Hudson (2018 - ) A novel system for high temperature energy storage in conventional power generation, with Dr Adam Robinson

Yuan Chen (2018 - ) Electrical tomography measurements in COabsorption processes, with Dr Jiabin Jia, Dr Yunjie Yang and Dr Chang Liu

Dan Su (2019 - ) CCS in the Waste to Energy sector and the urban environment, with Dr Hannah Chalmers 

Research Groups

UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC)

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS)

Institute for Energy Systems


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Engineering, INSA Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon)

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • TP Chemical technology


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