Dr. Patricia Cordoba is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Centre for Innovation for Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) at the Heriot-Watt University. She graduated with a BSc in Environmental Engineering in 2007, and an MSc in and Industrial Waste treatment Engineering in2009 from the University Miguel Hernández (UMH) and from University of Alicante (UA). Her MSc was based on the “Use approximation of Visible Near InfraRed (VNIR) radiometry in Mediterranean soils of arid and semiarid areas”. In 2009, she was awarded with a Pre-doctoral fellowship to do her PhD in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) located in Barcelona to develop in the framework of the Geochemistry doctorate programme from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). In 2013, she graduated a PhD in Geochemistry with European mention from the UPC.
Her PhD emerged in the framework of the EU project to study the ABatement Emissions of TRAce Pollutants (ABETRAP) from FGD co-combustion and environmental characteristics of by-products. Her PhD was focussed on the partitioning, speciation and fate of trace elements from two coal-fired power plants equipped with a wet limestone Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) system. Significant results of her PhD thesis have been the studies of the enrichment and speciation of inorganic trace pollutants in re-circulated water streams from the wet limestone FGD system from the two coal-fired power plants and the unusual speciation of gaseous Hg at a coal-fired power plant. During her PhD, she also studied coal gasification processes and different possibilities for the valorisation of coal combustion by-products such as synthesis of zeolites. She has also worked on remote sensing and on the wastewater treatment industry (Aigües i Sanejament d´Elx, S.A) for the characterisation and analysis of residues, discharges, and collectors, aerobic digester operation, and analysis of nutrients and heavy metals in wastewater.
In 2014, Dr. Patricia Cordoba has joined to CICCS team to develop her Post-Doctorate on the study the sources, pathways and fate of trace pollutants from oxy-pulverised fuel combustion and oxy-circulating fluidised bed combustion.
Her scientific interest is focused on radiometry, fuels, heavy metal pollution, chemical risk assessment, environmental impact assessment, and valorisation of by-products from coal combustion and gasification processes under a common scientific scope: power generation & environment.