MatGas Seminar Series on CO2 and related issues

 By Dr.Vicente J. CORTÉS

Director, COCapture Programme
CIUDEN, Fundación Estatal Ciudad de la Energía, Ponferrada, Spain


Date:  January 28th 12:00
Location: MATGAS meeting room

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MatGas, a center of excellence on CO2 born as a joint venture among Carburos Metálicos- Air Products Group, the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona-UAB) has initiated a Seminar Series on CO2 and related issues.

MatGas aims at contributing at different levels in the research and development of technologies for CO2 capture and utilization, working in the improvement of green technologies, friendly with the environment. The objective of this series of seminars is to acquire and divulgate a solid knowledge of the state of the art in the field of CO2 capture, utilization and energy issues associated to environmentally benign energy technology.

Several international experts on CO2 capture, sequestration, utilization and energy related issues (including hydrogen) have been and will be invited to participate at this series. Their expertise gives a broad perspective to the subject: from fundamental knowledge to well developed technologies. The complementary approach will enlighten the issues and challenges on this relevant topic.

The seminar series was inaugurated on December 2007. A list of invited speakers who already participated includes:

  • Prof. Alain Demourgues, ICMCB-CNRS-University of Bordeaux 1 (France),
  • Dr. J. Angel Menendez, INCAR-CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain),
  • Prof. Ken Seddon, University of Belfast (UK),
  • Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, University of Nottingham (UK), Director of the Center for Carbon Capture and Sequestration
  • Dr. Santiago Sabugal, president of the Spanish CO2 Platform (Spain)
  • Prof. Bob Armstrong, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Energy Initiative (USA)
  • Dr. Roberta Pacciani, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge University (UK)
  • Prof. Joan Ramon Morante, Catalonian Institute for Energy Research (Spain)
  • Prof. Jordi Marquet, Vice-rector for Strategic Projects and Director of the Parc de Recerca, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Dr. Jara Imbers, University of Nottingham (UK)
  • Dr. Thomas Roussel, Centre de Recherche en Matière Condensée et Nano-Sciences (CRMCN) (France)



These seminars are held on monthly basis at the MatGas building (Campus Universitat Autonoma de  Barcelona), if you want to receive information, please contact Ms. Montse Salas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Short Bio


 Vicente J. Cortés is Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Seville, Spain. His teaching addresses issues related to a) fossil fuels and biomass combustion and gasification technologies, b) flue gas cleaning processes and c) petroleum refining.

From January 2007 he is the Director of the CO2 Capture Programme of the Spanish Fundación Ciudad de la Energía, an state-owned foundation aiming at constructing and operating a a world-wide reference centre for CCT and CCS development and validation in northern Spain.

His research and development activities are directed towards solving technological issues in coal combustion and gasification systems related to:


  • the operation and control of large combustion plants for better performance and NOx /CO2  emissions reduction
  • the development and improvement of control techniques for particulate emissions

Most of the R&D work is performed under contract for an important number of European utilities and/or the European Commission. In most cases the research is conducted either at pilot scale units or at industrial plants. In the last 14 years Prof. Cortés has directed or participated as senior researcher in more than 22 projects with a total accumulated financial aid of circa 18 MM€.

He is author of more than 30 papers and holds several patents on advanced in-furnace monitoring systems.
Prof Cortés holds a MSc in Industrial (Chemical) Engineering from the School of Engineering, University of Seville (1974) and a  PhD from the same School (1978).