Dr Claudia Fernandez Martin

Dr Claudia Fernandez Martin
Dr Claudia Fernandez Martin
Dr Claudia Fernandez Martin

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273264
Office Address

University of Aberdeen

School of Engineering

Fraser Noble Building, Room 356

King’s College

Aberdeen, AB24 3UE


School of Engineering


Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Chemical Engineering





Lecturer in Chemical Engineering (University of Aberdeen)


Research Fellow. School of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), Institute for Materials and Processes, The University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom).

EPSRC Project: Feasibility of a wetting layer absorption carbon capture process based on chemical solvents (EP/J019720/1). 


Research Associate, INCAR-CSIC (Spain)

Researcher at the “Energy Processes and Emission Reduction Group”, Department of Coal, Energy and Environment, at the National Institute of Coal, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (INCAR-CSIC).



Pre-doctoral  Fellow, INCAR-CSIC (Spain)

Funded by the highly competitive Spanish Research Funding Body studentship ‘JAE-Pre’ pre-doctoral Grant. PhD topic: CO2 Capture “Energy Processes and Emission Reduction Group”, Department of Coal, Energy and Environment. National Institute of Coal, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (INCAR-CSIC).



PhD (2011):Microporous adsorbents from organic   polymers. Application in precombustion CO2 capture processes”. Summa Cum Laude. Department of Energy, University of Oviedo (Spain).


MSc (2009): Master on Research in Technology, Diversification,   Quality and Energy Saving (Quality Mention). Title: “Development of adsorbents from phenolic resins for precombustion CO2 capture” (June 2009). Distintion Department of Energy, University of Oviedo (Spain).


MEng in Environmental Sciences, 1st Class. University of Granada (Spain).


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Coordinator of Level 5, School of Engineering

Coordinator of the Environmental & Biodiversity Theme, School of Engineering

Champion of the Circular Economy Theme at the Centre for Energy Transition, University of Aberdeen


External Memberships

Deputy Champion in Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage CCS, University of Aberdeen

Academic Member of the UKCCSRC (UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre)

AMPERE (Association for Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education) General Secretary





Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards


Date awarded

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)


Santander Mobility Award

Aug 2017


Feb 2017

Santander Mobility Award

April 2016

PhD Scholarship ‘JAE-PreDoc’ funded by the Spanish Research Council (CSIC)


One of the highest scores obtained for the Degree of Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering (2000-2005). Degree awarded with Honours (high academic distinction: 1st Class)



Research Overview

My research interests are focused on the following topics:

  • Materials and gas separation processes by means of adsorption for carbon capture. It includes the following:

          - Synthesis of advanced and novel materials for post and pre-combustion CO2 capture, such as organic polymers, carbon-based adsorbents, low-cost biomass-based adsorbents, amine impregnated silicon-based adsorbents, polymeric and hybrid membranes, etc.

          -Characterization of the adsorbents: textural and chemical characterisation, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FTIR spectroscopy, etc.

  •        Enhancement of the CO2 recovery on carbon capture processes by means of novel and energetically more efficient technologies for the regeneration. It involves the experimental study in a bench-scale fixed adsorption column.
  •         Design and construction of lab-scale set-ups for dynamic carbon capture investigation.
  • Recycling of polymeric waste: catalytic pyrolysis of mixed polymeric waste for the conversion into  added-value chemicals and/or materials. 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Engineering.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Current Research

  • Intensification of carbon capture processes (CCS) using advanced regeneration technologies  
  • Materials for gas separation: greener and intensified synthesis of advanced sorbents for gas separation, specifically CO2 capture and CH4 upgrading
  • Bioenergy and low-carbon fuel technologies:

          Biogas upgrading

          Microwave-assisted catalytic pyrolysis


Knowledge Exchange

Elected General Secretary of AMPERE (see pages 4 and 5 in this newsletter to get a sense of the research we do in our School)



My current supervision areas are: Engineering.

Available PhD positions in my research group. Send me an email if interested


Teaching Responsibilities

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I teach the following courses:


  • Environmental Engineering (EA4527): coordinator
  • BEng Individual Project (EG4014)
  • MEng Individual Project (EG4013)
  • Air & Water Pollution Control (EX501U)
  • BEng Group Design Project (EG4578)
  • MEng Group Design (EG5565)


  • Energy from Biomass (EG50M1/EG504A): on campus and online
  • MSc Individual Project in:
    • Petroleum Engineering (EG552K, KE5901)
    • Oil & Gas Chemistry (EG552L)
    • Renewable Energy (EG59M1)
    • Advanced Chemical Engineering (EG59M9)

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