Why Carbon Direct?




Niall Mac Dowell, PhD

Science Advisor

Carbon Mineralization + Hydrogen

Headshot of Dr. Niall Mac Dowell on blurred background
Headshot of Dr. Niall Mac Dowell on blurred background
Headshot of Dr. Niall Mac Dowell on blurred background

Dr. Niall Mac Dowell is a Science Advisor for carbon capture and storage.

Background & Bio

Dr. Mac Dowell is a Professor in Energy Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of both the IChemE and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research is focused on understanding the transition to a low carbon economy. Since receiving his PhD 2010, he has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers at the molecular, unit operation, integrated process, and system scales in this context. A full list of publications can be found here and he currently serves on the Advisory Board of Joule.

Dr. Mac Dowell has more than a decade’s experience as a consultant to the public and private sectors. He has worked with a range of private sector energy companies, and has provided evidence to members of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change and has given advice to DECC/BEIS, the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission, the IEA, the IEAGHG the ETI and the JRC. Dr. Mac Dowell is a member of Total’s Scientific Advisory Board, was also a member of the US National Petroleum Council (NPC) CCUS Roadmap Team. Dr. Mac Dowell has been a member of the technical working group of the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) and from 2015 – 2019 served as the Secretary of the IChemE’s Energy Centre.

Finally, Dr. Mac Dowell was awarded the Qatar Petroleum Prize for his PhD research in 2010 and the IChemE’s Nicklin and Junior Moulton medals for his work on low carbon energy in 2015 and 2021, respectively.


PhD, Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London

BE, Chemical Engineering
University College Dublin


Qatar Petroleum Prize

Nicklin Medal

Junior Moulton Medal