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Christian Alvarez Pugliese, PH.D.

Senior Research Associate


Christian E. Alvarez-Pugliese is a Senior Research Associate working at the CETI Lab. He is CASFER’s Research and Team Science Coordinator. He has Chemical Engineering and Economics studies, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad del Valle (Colombia) with over 12 years of experience working on electrochemistry at laboratory, pilot, and semi-industrial scale. His research topics include: scale up of a sustainable electrochemical reactors, recovery of Rare Earth Elements (REE) from fly ash and End of Life Permanent Magnets, electrocatalysis for ammonia oxidation, BDD electrochemical oxidation of industrial effluents, iron electro-dissolution and coagulation of landfill leachate, gold adsorption / electro-elution and electrodeposition from activated carbon, and catalytic ozonation wastewater treatment.  

He is an active member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), Electrochemical Society (ECS) and is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry. He has taken part of innovation-base entrepreneurships and has served as business and technology transfer consultant.


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Universidad del Valle, (2020)

  • B.S., Economics, Universidad del Valle, (2018)

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Universidad del Valle, (2011)


  • Rare earth elements electrochemical recovery

  • Electrochemical wastewater treatments

  • Scale-up of electrochemical reactors 

  • Waste valorization


  • Spend quality time with family

  • Travel around the world

  • Tennis

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