Dr Carolina Font Palma

Dr Carolina Font Palma

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Engineering

Qualifications

  • BEng (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • MSc (University of Toronto)
  • PhD / DPhil (University of Manchester)

Summary

Dr Font Palma is Senior Lecturer and joined the School of Engineering in January 2021 as lecturer. She was Programme Director of Chemical Engineering during 2022/23. She works on process simulation, process integration of energy systems, low-carbon energy and hydrogen, and cryogenic carbon capture.

She has a PhD in biomass gasification from the University of Manchester. She has been part of various consortia involving research on oxy-combustion, cryogenic carbon capture, gas turbines and exhaust gas recirculation, and methanol synthesis. She led the CO2-FROST project funded by the UKCCSRC Flexible funding 2020.

Carolina was awarded the prestigious RAEng/The Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship 2020/2021. She is currently in secondment to Uniper Hydrogen UK Ltd, funded by IDRIC. She has numerous publications on energy and carbon capture, and is a member of the UKRI Talent Peer Review College.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Potential cost savings of large-scale blue hydrogen production via sorption-enhanced steam reforming process

Udemu, C., & Font Palma, C. (2024). Potential cost savings of large-scale blue hydrogen production via sorption-enhanced steam reforming process. Energy Conversion and Management, 302, Article 118132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2024.118132

Evaluation of Mathematical Models for CO2 Frost Formation in a Cryogenic Moving Bed

Cann, D., & Font-Palma, C. (2023). Evaluation of Mathematical Models for CO2 Frost Formation in a Cryogenic Moving Bed. Energies, 16(5), Article 2314. https://doi.org/10.3390/en16052314

Modelling of sorption-enhanced steam reforming (SE-SR) process in fluidised bed reactors for low-carbon hydrogen production: A review

Udemu, C., & Font-Palma, C. (2023). Modelling of sorption-enhanced steam reforming (SE-SR) process in fluidised bed reactors for low-carbon hydrogen production: A review. Fuel, 340, Article 127588. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2023.127588

Sorption direct air capture with CO2 utilization

Jiang, L., Liu, W., Liu, W., Wang, R. Q., Gonzalez-Diaz, A., Rojas-Michaga, M. F., …Font-Palma, C. (2023). Sorption direct air capture with CO2 utilization. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 95, Article 101069. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecs.2022.101069

Comparative techno-economic and life cycle greenhouse gas assessment of ammonia production from thermal decomposition of methane and steam methane reforming technologies

Oni, A. O., Giwa, T., Font-Palma, C., & Fadare, D. A. (2023). Comparative techno-economic and life cycle greenhouse gas assessment of ammonia production from thermal decomposition of methane and steam methane reforming technologies. International journal of greenhouse gas control, 123, Article 103819. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2022.103819

Research interests

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS)

Low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia production

Cryogenic carbon capture

Modelling and process simulation

Process integration of energy systems

Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Investigation of feasible routes for clean ammonia production

Funder

Net Zero Research

Grant

£40,000.00

Started

31 January 2022

Status

Ongoing

Project

Hydrogen Production with Carbon Capture

Funder

Net Zero Research

Grant

£39,276.00

Started

1 February 2021

Status

Complete

Project

ICED: Integrated Cryogenic separation for CO2 Emissions Decrease

Funder

Royal Academy of Engineering

Grant

£63,789.00

Started

1 September 2020

Status

Complete

Project

Secondment in Industry

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£29,385.00

Started

1 May 2023

Status

Complete

Co-investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Bluegen - Utilisation of biorefinery residues for blue hydrogen production

Funder

BEIS Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Grant

£63,759.00

Started

1 June 2022

Status

Complete

Project

Towards the use of CO2 and heat from steel industry emissions to prepare new materials

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£50,000.00

Started

1 January 2023

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Cluster in Hydrogen production, storage and its applications:

https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/groups/development-of-innovative-hydrogen-production-and-storage-technologies-for-a-net-zero-emission-society

Current PhD supervision:

Matthew Lovelady (2023 - 2026): Selection of hydrogen production and storage options according to industrial application, funded by University of Hull PhD Cluster Scholarships Scheme 2023/24

Ahmadu Usman (2022 - 2025): Investigation of feasible routes for clean ammonia production, funded by Net Zero Research

Chinonyelum Udemu (2021 - 2024): Modelling and scale-up studies of sorption-enhanced steam reforming (SE-SR) of methane for blue hydrogen production, funded by Net Zero Research (formerly Biomass and Fossil Fuels Research Alliance (BF2RA))

Past PhD students:

David Cann (2017 - 2021): Experimental exploration of cryogenic CO2 capture utilising a moving bed, at University of Chester, sponsored by ERDF Eco-Innovation and PMW Technology

Co-supervision:

Reace Edwards (2018 - 2023): Exploring the Acceleration of Sustainability Transitions: The Case of the North West UK’s Hydrogen Agenda, at University of Chester, sponsored by Costain

Current opportunities:

If you would like to know more about PhD project opportunities, feel free to contact me.

Awards and prizes

Outstanding contribution to research 2022/23

2023

Committee/Steering group role

Advisory Council member of the UKCCSRC

2021

Advisory Council member of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC)

Committee member and Treasurer of the SIG Clean Energy Specialist (IChemE)

2020

Committee member and Treasurer of the Clean Energy Specialist Interest Group from the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Honorary position

Visiting Lecturer to Energy 2050 group

2015 - 2018

Journal editorial role

Editorial board member

2022

Editorial board member of Revista Internacional de Contaminacion Ambiental - UNAM

Associate Editor

2013 - 2021

Associate Editor of Revista Internacional de Contaminacion Ambiental - UNAM

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2016

Associate member of IChemE

2012

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