Christian Alvarez Pugliese, PH.D.

Seniour Research Associate


Christian E Alvarez Pugliese is a Senior Research Associate working in the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas Tech University. He joined the CETI-LAB in May 2021 and is currently working on the scale up of a sustainable electrochemical extraction process of Rare Earth Elements (REE) from fly ash, a coal by-product, to meet its increasing demand in various industrial sectors. This research is not only strategically relevant for environmental impact but also is imperative for ensuring US national security.


Christian has undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering and Economics, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with over 10 years of experience working on electrochemistry at laboratory, pilot and semi-industrial scale. Example projects include: BDD electrochemical oxidation of industrial effluents, iron electro-dissolution and coagulation of landfill leachate, gold adsorption / electro-elution and electrodeposition from activated carbon, ammonia electrolysis, and catalytic ozonation wastewater treatment.  He is an active member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) since 2013. 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