University of Nottingham

Dr Aleksandra Gonciaruk

Research Fellow in Gas Adsorption Analysis

Department: Faculty of Engineering

Started at GERC: July 2016

Key Research Expertise:

  1. Carbon dioxide and methane adsorption in gas shales

  2. Adsorption calorimetry


After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2010 from Vilnius University in Lithuania, Aleksandra came to the UK to study Chemical Engineering with Design at the University of Manchester. She completed her Master’s dissertation in the Microporous and Soft Matter research group at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Dr Flor R. Siperstein obtaining an MSc degree with distinction in 2011. She continued working with Dr Flor R. Siperstein as a Research Assistant and soon after started her PhD programme to further work on the project investigating gas adsorption in intrinsically microporous polymers and its composites with graphene.  After obtaining her doctorate degree in July 2016 Aleksandra joined the University of Nottingham as a Research Fellow to continue work in the gas adsorption field.

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Dr Aleksandra Gonciaruk

Current Research:

GERC’s aim is to identify and characterise adsorption sites in various gas shales and understand how this affects competitive adsorption between carbon dioxide and methane. Currently Aleks is working on a developing a method that allows simultaneous measurement of heat flow and absorption in real-time mimicking CO2 injection into a shale reservoir and the CH4 recovery process.

Aleks also works on collaborative projects with Dr Nino Ripepi’s research group from the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Tech and provides support for other researchers from the University of Nottingham in using the Gas Adsorption Analysis Suite and data interpretation.


  • Tang, X.; Ripepi, N.; Valentine, K.A.; Keles, C.; Long, T.E.; Gonciaruk, A., Water vapor sorption on Marcellus shale: measurement, modelling and thermodynamic analysis, Fuel, 2017
  • Aleksandra Gonciaruk, Flor R. Siperstein, In silico designed microporous carbons, Carbon, 2015 (88), p. 185-195
  • Aleksandra Gonciaruk, Khalid Althumayri, Wayne J.Harrison, Peter M.Budd, Flor R.Siperstein, PIM-1/graphene composite: A combined experimental and molecular simulation study, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2015 (209), p. 126-134
  • Annalaura Del Regno, Aleksandra Gonciaruk, Laura Leay, Mariolino Carta, Matthew Croad, Richard Malpass-Evans, Neil B. McKeown, and Flor R. Siperstein, Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity Containing Tröger Base for CO2 Capture, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2013 52 (47), 16939-16950

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