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Dr Jen Roberts, Strathclyde University I recently wrote a blog post about the fact that I did some work and I forgot to tell anyone about it . The paper I was referring to was one from my PhD thesis, and which I finally published in 2017, 5 years after getting my thesis, and 6 years after writing the first draft of the paper. In the process of preparing that article I dug up some internal grapplings around particular struggles around getting articles from your PhD across the line. Since I know I am not the only one who experienced chunky delays in publishing my PhD work, I thought I would share some of my grapplings, and also reflect on...Read more
Dr Jen Roberts, University of Strathclyde. I forgot to tell anyone about my work and it has come back to haunt me in the form of the REF. I like to think that I “do” research impact. And in many ways I do. But a couple of weeks ago I realised how inconsistent my efforts can be. I found myself eating humble pie and I want to share a slice of learning with you. This disappointing revelation was prompted by REF2021. Now REF is a complicated beast, but for those unfamiliar with REF, in a nutshell all you need to know for this blog is that your research papers get ranked on a scale of 1-star (boring, parochial, of little...Read more
I am very lucky to have been able to continue my collaboration with the Containment and Monitoring Institute (CaMI), a business unit of CMC Research Institutes in Calgary thanks to the UKCCSRC ECR Collaboration Fund. I have had broadband seismometers deployed at CaMI’s Field Research Station (FRS) near Brooks, Alberta since 2015, thanks to ECR grants from the UKCCSRC. The project aims to simulate a leak from a CO 2 storage site to allow the full range of monitoring technologies to be tested for their ability to detect CO 2 in the shallow subsurface. The injection of CO 2 at a depth of 300m began in 2018 and to date 17 tonnes have been injected. Geophysical, geochemical, geomechanical and geodetic...Read more
We, Xiaoyu Wei (Cranfield University), Yuan Chen (University of Edinburgh), LABIB Mennatallah (University of Edinburgh) and David Cann (University of Chester), had the opportunity to attend the 5-day training course at the UKCCSRC Pilot-Scale Advanced CO 2 -Capture Technology (PACT) facility in Beighton, Sheffield from 9th to 14th September. PACT facilities host a state of the art, pilot-scale CO 2 amine-capture plant that can capture CO 2 in flue gases from either a 250kW air/oxyfuel biomass combustor or two 330kW gas turbines, and the state-of-the-art analytical equipment available to researchers. The PACT facilities fuse a comprehensive range of integrated research equipment with significant analytical capability to close the gap between bench-scale industrial and academic research, demonstration & development and large...Read more