Dr Carolina Font Palma

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Carolina joined the University of Chester in January 2015. She has expertise in process simulation, process integration of energy systems and carbon capture, developed through a PhD at the University of Manchester and post-doctoral work at the University of Leeds.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • MASc Chemical Engineering and Applied Science, University of Toronto
  • PhD The Environment and Sustainable Technology, University of Manchester
  • UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC): Academic member ECR
  • Revista Internacional de Contaminación Ambiental -  UNAM: Associate editor
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE)

Overview

Carolina graduated as a chemical engineer from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She then went to the University of Toronto to complete a master's degree in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Science, analysing aerosols using surface analytical techniques, followed by an Associate Research position in the area of air pollution at CIATEJ, Mexico. A new interest for waste to energy motivated her to obtain a PhD in 2012 on the ‘Modelling of gasification of poultry litter’ at the University of Manchester. Before joining the University of Chester, she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds within the Energy Technology Innovation Initiative (ETII), in projects involving the process simulation of power plants integrated with carbon capture.

Teaching

SE4025 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes
SE5013 Separation Processes

Research

Carolina's research makes use of process simulation techniques to evaluate and improve process design.  Her research interests include:

  • Process simulation
  • Waste to energy
  • Thermochemical conversion processes
  • Biomass conversion
  • Carbon capture
  • Steady-state and dynamic simulation
  • Conventional and unconventional fuels

Please see Carolina's research group website for more information about on-going projects.

Published work

For Carolina's full research profile please visit her profiles on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

  • U. Ali, C. Font-Palma, H. Nikpey Somehsaraei, M. Mansouri Majoumerd, M. Akram, K. N. Finney, T. Best, N. B. Mohd Said, M. Assadi, M. Pourkashanian. Benchmarking of a micro gas turbine model integrated with post-combustion CO2 capture. Energy. 2017, 126: 475-487
  • C. Font Palma, O. Errey, C. Corden, H. Chalmers, M. Lucquiaud, M. Sanchez del Rio, S. Jackson, D. Medcalf, B. Livesey, J. Gibbins, M. Pourkashanian. Integrated Oxyfuel Power Plant with Improved CO2 Separation and Compression Technology for EOR application. Process Safety and Environmental Protection. 2016, 103(Part B): 455–465
  • C. Font Palma, A. D. Martin. Inorganic constituents formed during small-scale gasification of poultry litter: A model based study. Fuel Processing Technology 2013, 113: 300-307
  • C. Font Palma. Modelling of tar formation and evolution for biomass gasification: A review. Applied Energy. 2013, 111: 129-141 (This article earned Carolina a 2015 Applied Energy Award.  See here for more information.)
  • C. Font Palma, A. D. Martin. Model based evaluation of six energy integration schemes applied to a small-scale gasification process for power generation. Biomass and Bioenergy. 2013, 54: 201-210
  • C. Font Palma. Model for Biomass Gasification Including Tar Formation and Evolution. Energy & Fuels. 2013, 27(5): 2693-2702
  • C. Font-Palma. Characterisation, kinetics and modelling of gasification of poultry manure and litter: An overview. Energy Conversion and Management. 2012, 53(1): 92-98
  • C. Font Palma, G. J. Evans, R. N. S. Sodhi. Imaging of Aerosols using Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. Applied Surface Science. 2007, 253(14): 5951–5956