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Dr. Eva Sanchez Fernandez     Research Associate

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, UK


 

    Office: JN 3.03

    Phone: +44 (0) 131 451 4737

    Email: e.sanchez_fernandez@hw.ac.uk

    Research Profile: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/eva-sanchez-fernandez

 

 

Biography


Dr. Eva Sanchez Fernandez has joined the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions in March 2016 as Research Associate to work on the modelling and design of reactors for CO2 photo-reduction. Eva is a chemical Engineer by training (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain). She started her research career in the pharmaceutical industry in The Netherlands and received a P.D. Eng in Biochemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology; a Dutch qualification for professional engineers which focuses on process design in the field of technological innovation.

Immediately after, she took a role as Research Scientist in TNO (Dutch institution for applied scientific research) in the Netherlands, where she contributed to the development of numerous scientific projects in the field of separation technology. Her key expertise is in the design and development of novel technology, conceptual design, modelling and validation at pilot scale. She has been instrumental in the development and optimization of membrane pervaporation modules for the recovery of organics, membrane contactors for CO2 separation, and precipitating amino acid solvent systems for CO2 capture. Her innovative input is reflected in the number of patents that she has co-authored. She held various positions at TNO which enabled her to foster a strong relationship between TNO and the Process and Energy department at the Delft University of Technology which ultimately lead to the completion of her PhD thesis in the development of precipitating amino acid systems for CO2 capture.

Before her current position at the CICCS, Eva joined the University of Edinburgh in 2013 as Research Associate where she had a leading role in modelling CO2 capture systems and power plants.  Her research covered the detail operation of power plants with carbon capture at design and off-design conditions and the interfaces between the capture plant, transportation system and the injection system. 

Recent Publications:


  1. E. Sanchez Fernandez, M. Naylor, M. Lucquiaud, B. Wetenhall, H. Aghajani, J. Race, H. Chalmers, (2015). “Impact of store uncertainties on the development of flexible CCS offshore infrastructure”. Submitted to Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control.
  2. E. Sanchez Fernandez, M Lucquiaud, H. Chalmers, P. Khakharia, E. L.V. Goetheer and J. Gibbins. (2015) “Operational flexibility options in power plants with integrated post-combustion capture”. Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.01.027
  3. P. Khakharia, J. Mertens, A. Huizinga, S. De Vroey, E. Sanchez Fernandez, S. Srinivasan,  T.J.H. Vlugt, E.L.V. Goetheer. “Online corrosion monitoring in a postcombustion CO2 capture pilot plant and its relation to solvent degradation and ammonia emissions”. (2015). Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 54, 5336-5344.
  4. P. Khakharia, L. Brachert, J. Mertens, C. Anderlohr, A. Huizinga, E. Sanchez Fernandez, B. Schallert, K. Schaber, T.J.H. Vlugt, E.L.V. Goetheer. (2015). “Understanding aerosol based emissions in a Post Combustion CO2 Capture process: Parameter testing and mechanisms”. Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control, 34, 63-74.
  5. E. Sanchez Fernandez, E.L.V. Goetheer, G. Manzolini, E. Macchi, S. Rezvani, T.J.H. Vlugt, 2014.  “Thermodynamic assessment of amine based CO2 capture technologies in power plants based on European Benchmarking Task Force methodology.” Fuel 129, 318-329.

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