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About Dr Carolina Font Palma

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.


SE4025 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes (2015 – 2019)

SE5013 Separation Processes

SE5052 Process Analysis


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

  • Process simulation
  • Waste to energy
  • Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU)
  • Steady-state and dynamic simulation
  • Cryogenic separation

For more information about on-going projects, please visit Carolina's research group website.

Research students:

David Cann (PhD student 2017 – 2020) sponsored by ERDF and PMW Research Ltd

Reace Edwards (co-supervision of PhD student 2018 – 2021) sponsored by Costain and University of Chester

Published Work

Here is a list of key publications. For Carolina's full publication list please visit her profile on Google Scholar or Research Gate.

  • P. Willson, G. Lychnos, A. Clements, S. Michailos, C. Font-Palma, M. E. Diego, M. Pourkashanian, J. Howe. Evaluation of the Performance and Economic Viability of a Novel Low Temperature Carbon Capture Process. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 2019, 83: 1-9
  • 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. 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


  • 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
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE)