School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Miguel Pans Castillo PhD

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Research Associate

Miguel was awarded with an Integrated Master's degree (MEng) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Valencia, Spain, in 2006 and with a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 2014.

He carried out his PhD research at the department of Energy and Environment of the Instituto de Carboquímica ICB-CSIC (Zaragoza, Spain) under the supervision of Prof Juan Adánez Elorza, which focused on hydrogen production with CO2 capture by steam reforming of CH4 coupled with a Chemical-Looping Combustion system (SR-CLC). The highlights of his PhD research include the development of a suitable and highly-reactive Fe-based oxygen carriers (both natural and synthetic) for CLC using gaseous fuels (CH4, H2, CO) and the determination the autothermal operating conditions for optimal H2 production when firing CH4 in a SR-CLC process.

After his PhD, Miguel worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Research Group at the University of Nottingham, led by Professor Hao Liu, from 2015 to 2018. At Nottingham he performed research on biomass combustion in fluidized bed systems, studying the effect of different operational parameters, such as i) the use of air staging, ii) combustion atmosphere (air and oxy-fuel), iii) bed temperature and iv) the use of additives (added on both reactor’s bed and fuels), on the fluidisation behaviour of the bed material, gas emissions and combustion efficiency.


Grants and contracts:

  • Predoctoral Fellowship “FPI”, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN). Period: From November 2008 to November 2012.

Recent publications:

  • H.T. Chi, M.A. Pans, C.G. Sun, H. Liu, An investigation of lime addition to fuel as a countermeasure to bed agglomeration for the combustion of non-woody biomass fuels in a 20kW(th) bubbling fluidised bed combustor, Fuel, 240 (2019) 349-361. Full text: DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.11.122.
  • F. Sher, M.A. Pans, C. Sun, C. Snape, H. Liu, Oxy-fuel combustion study of biomass fuels in a 20 kWth fluidized bed combustor, Fuel, 215 (2018) 778-786. Full text: DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2017.11.039.
  • F. Sher, M.A. Pans, D.T. Afilaka, C. Sun, H. Liu, Experimental investigation of woody and non-woody biomass combustion in a bubbling fluidised bed combustor focusing on gaseous emissions and temperature profiles, Energy, 141 (2017) 2069-2080. Full text: DOI: 10.1016/


Selected publications: 

  • M.A. Pans, A. Abad, L.F. de Diego, F. Garcia-Labiano, P. Gayan, J. Adanez, Optimization of H2 production with CO2capture by steam reforming of methane integrated with a chemical-looping combustion system, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38 (2013) 11878-11892. Full text: DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.06.114.
  • P. Gayan, M.A. Pans, M. Ortiz, A. Abad, L.F. de Diego, F. Garcia-Labiano, J. Adanez, Testing of a highly reactive impregnated Fe2O3/Al2O3oxygen carrier for a SR-CLC system in a continuous CLC unit, Fuel Processing Technology, 96 (2012) 37-47. Full text: DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2011.12.008.
  • M. Ortiz, P. Gayan, L.F. de Diego, F. Garcia-Labiano, A. Abad, M.A. Pans, J. Adanez, Hydrogen production with CO2 capture by coupling steam reforming of methane and chemical-looping combustion: Use of an iron-based waste product as oxygen carrier burning a PSA tail gas, Journal of Power Sources, 196 (2011) 4370-4381. Full text: DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2010.09.101.



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