Contact Dr Beatriz Fidalgo Fernandez

Areas of expertise


Dr Fidalgo holds a PhD in Energy awarded by the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2010. She developed her PhD research project in the Spanish National Institute of Coal (INCAR-CSIC) on the topic of Microwave-assisted CO2 Reforming of Methane. This novel process combines the catalytic and dielectric properties of carbonaceous materials with microwave heating, and it was awarded a Spanish patent. She was Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College (UK) from 2011 to 2014, where she was involved in different projects on coal and biomass selection for novel applications, kinetic analysis of biomass pyrolysis, and characterisation of conventional fuels and biofuels. Dr Fidalgo has acted as consultant to the petroleum industry in the field of thermochemical processing of oil fractions, participated in national and international conferences, and contributed to more than 10 research projects, including European projects and contracts with international companies in the energy sector. She has co-authored more than 30 papers (h-index = 15) in prestigious international journals.

Her research career is closely related to thermochemical and thermocatalytic conversion of conventional and renewable carbon-based fuels. She has experience in: (i) microwave-induced processing involving carbon materials; (ii) pyrolysis and gasification of solid fuels such as coal and biomass; (iii) catalytic upgrading of heavy oil and coal-derived hydrocarbons; (iv) characterization of solid and liquid fuels; and, (v) synthesis and characterization of carbon and metal-based catalysts.

Current activities

Dr Beatriz Fidalgo is currently involved in research activities related to biomass thermochemical conversion, andintegrated biorefinery for biofuels, energy and chemicals.

Her current research activities include:

  • Thermochemical and thermocatalytic conversion of carbonaceous materials, focusing on biomass
  • Co-processing of conventional and renewable carbon-based fuels
  • Integrated biorefinery for biofuel, energy and chemicals, including catalytic upgrading of bio-oil

She is course tutor of the MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering at Cranfield University, and Admissions Tutor of the Energy & Power Doctoral Training Programme. 


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Fidalgo B & Menéndez JA (2012) Document Syngas production by CO2 reforming of CH4 under microwave heating-challenges and opportunities. In: Syngas: Production, Applications and Environmental Impact, Nova Science Publishers, Inc..