Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University is one of the UK's leading universities for business and industry with a reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge, applied research. It is recognised internationally as a centre for high calibre research in science, engineering and business. It has been rated as a leading research institution by the RAE, the national review body. In Guardian University Guide 2016, it is ranked 18th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland.


Energy-carbon interface research group

Established in September 2014, we are a dynamic, multidisciplinary research team in Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University. We are the member of the Heriot-Watt Energy Academy and Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage. We are also in the supervisor team of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis.


Our vision is to approach the low-carbon future by developing new generation of materials, devices and systems for efficient carbon and energy conversion, making a significant impact in finding solutions to the trilemma of energy security, energy affordability and sustainable environment. Our international and intersectoral networks accelerate the innovations needed for the wider deployment of new energy and carbon conversion technologies. Our experiences in engineering design, modelling, characterization and manufacturing provide a unique set of expertise needed to achieve our vision. Our work is supported by EPSRC, SFC, EU H2020, industrial sponsors and other funding bodies.


The research group website

Team members

Dr Jin Xuan

Dr Jin Xuan is the group leader of the Energy-carbon interface research group. His expertise includes solar cell, fuel cell and renewable energy technologies. To date, he has received c.a. £3 million (eqv) funds for fuel cell and energy R&D from both industry and government.


Dr Huizhi Wang

Dr Huizhi Wang is an assistant professor. Her expertise is photocatalytic engineering, electrochemical engineering, and process intensification. She has over 40 peer reviewed papers and 3 invited book chapters.


Ph.D Students:

Meltiani Belekoukia
Evangelos Kalamaras

EU Horizon 2020

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 734796.

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