Dr Humera Ansari

MEng Hons, PhD, AFHEA

  • Doctoral Prize Fellow


Humera Ansari is a Doctoral Prize Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University. Her research is focused on characterising novel porous adsorbents under representative conditions, in the context of carbon capture and storage. Specifically, she is investigating the effect of humidity on binary separation processes.

Previously, she completed her PhD on carbon storage in shales and a postdoc on the sustainable production of blue hydrogen at Imperial College London. Prior to this, she worked in the energy and renewables industries as a process engineer for a few years.


  • PhD, Imperial College London
  • MEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Key awards:

  • Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre Reps Individual Award, Imperial College London
  • Townend prize for PhD, Imperial College London
  • PhD Student Contribution & Citizenship Award, Imperial College London

Outline of main research interests:

  • High-pressure adsorption measurements and modelling
  • Adsorption kinetics 
  • Characterisation of porous materials

Recent publications:

  • H. Ansari, S. Gong, J.P.M. Trusler, G. Maitland, R. Pini, Hybrid Pore-Scale Adsorption Model for CO2 and CH4 Storage in Shale, Energy & Fuels, 2022, 36 (7), 3443-3456.
  • C. Delle Piane, H. Ansari, Z. Li, J Mata, W. Rickard, R. Pini, D.N. Dewhurst, N. Sherwood, Influence of organic matter type on porosity development in the Wufeng-Longmaxi Shale: A combined microscopy, neutron scattering and physisorption approach, International Journal of Coal Geology, 2022, 249, 103880.
  • H. Ansari, E. Rietmann, L. Joss, M. Trusler, G. Maitland and R. Pini, A Shortcut Pressure Swing Adsorption Analogue Model to Estimate Gas-in-Place and CO2 Storage Potential of Gas Shales, Fuel, 2021, 301, 121014.
  • L. Ma, A.L. Fauchille, H. Ansari, M. Chandler, P. Ashby, K. Taylor, R. Pini, P. Lee, Linking Multi-scale 3D Microstructure to Potential Enhanced Natural Gas Recovery and Subsurface CO2 Storage for Bowland Shale, UK, Energy & Environmental Science, 2021, 14 (8), 4481-4498. 
  • R. Pini, H. Ansari,J. Hwang, Measurement and Interpretation of Supercritical Gas Adsorption in Micro-mesoporous Solids, Adsorption, 2021, 27 (4), 659-671.
  • T. Tian, J. Hou, H. Ansari, Y. Xiong, A. L'Hermitte, D. Danaci, R. Pini, C. Petit, Mechanically stable structured porous boron nitride with high volumetric adsorption capacity, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021, 9 (22), 13366-13373.
  • H. Ansari,L. Joss, J. Hwang, M. Trusler, G. Maitland and R. Pini, Supercritical adsorption on Micro- and Meso-porous Carbons and its Utilisation for Textural Characterisation, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2020, 308, 110537.