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Dr Mathieu Lucquiaud

Senior Lecturer

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Phone: +44131 650 4867

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes


Education/Academic qualification

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

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 - 2018) Pilot-scale testing of dynamic operation and measurement of interfacial wave dynamics in post-combustion carbon dioxide capture, available at <http://hdl.handle.net/1842/29544>

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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