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Susana Arrechea

Country of origin: Guatemala Currently in: Guatemala, Guatemala General field of specialization: Engineering sciences
OWSD Award
Academic Background


2015 Doctorate Other
2013 Master Other
2010 Undergraduate Engineering sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Chemical Sciences

• Principal Investigator, USAC Jan 2018- “Functionalization and characterization of multi-wall carbon nanotubes with aminothiazole for the evaluation of the mechanical properties of a novel Portland cement composite” funded by TWAS Research Grants, collaboration with Cementos Progreso funded by its Research and Development Institute (CETEC) and with Institute of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, University Castilla-La Mancha, postdoctoral short stay, funded by a Fundación Carolina. • Associate Researcher & Guatemalan contact in European Union consortium, USAC Mar 2017- “Caribean-European Union Research Alliance 4 Better Waste Management”, in collaboration with Germany, Poland, Dominican Republic, Panama and Guatemala. Project funded by ERANet-LAC-Network of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Countries on Joint Innovation and Research Activities. • International Responsible and Associate Researcher, USAC Jan 2017- “Contribution of nanomaterials to the development of socio-environmental welfare in Guatemala”, in collaboration with the Institute of Construction Sciences Eduardo Torroja, Spain and USAC Guatemala. Project funded by National Council of scientific research CSIC, Spain. • Member of Project Management Steering Board & USAC Senior Project manager Oct 2016- “Free Fostering REsearch-based Entrepreneurship and the development of spin-off companies in Central America -FREE Network-“ United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica. Project funded by European Union Erasmus. • Principal Investigator, USAC Aug 2015- Material Engineering and Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development, Faculty of Engineering, University of San Carlos de Guatemala. Funded by Cementos Progreso, Guatemala National Science Secretariat (Senacyt) and Guatemala City Hall. • Researcher, UCLM Sept 2011- Nov 2015 Porphyrins for bulk heterojunction solar cells and dye sensitized solar cells, Prof. Fernando Langa, PI, Institute of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular materials, (INAMOL), University of Castilla La-Mancha, Toledo, Spain. Funded by Fundación Carolina Scholarship

Research Keywords: 
waste management

Publications resulting from Research: 

 New cyclopentadithiophene (CDT) linked porphyrin donors with different end-capping acceptors for efficient small molecule organic solar cells. Arrechea, S.; Aljarilla, A.; de la Cruz, P.; Kumar, P.; Sharma, G. D.; Langa, F. J. Mater. C. 2017, DOI. 10.1039/C7TC00812K
 Methodology for Monitoring Sustainable Development of Isolated Microgrids in Rural Communities. Rahmann, C.; Núñez, O.; Valencia, F.; Arrechea, S.; Sager, J.; Kammen, D. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1163.
 Efficiency Improvement Using Bis(trifluoromethane) Sulfonamide Lithium Salt as Chemical Additive in Porphyrin Based Organic Solar Cells. Arrechea, S.; Aljarilla, A.; de la Cruz, P.; Palomares, E. ; Sharma, G. D. ; Langa, F. Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 17953-17962.
 High Photo-Current in Solution Processed Organic Solar Cells Based on Porphyrin Core A-<pi>-D-<pi>-A as Electron Donor Material. Montcada, N. F.; Arrechea, S.; Molina-Ontoria A.; Aljarilla, A. I.; de la Cruz, P.; Echegoyen, L.; Palomares, E.; Langa, F. Organic Electronics, 2016, 38, 330-330-336.
 CuSCN as selective contact in solution-processed small-molecule organic solar cells leads to over 7% efficient porphyrin-based device. Móran, G. ; Arrechea, S. ; de la Cruz, P. ; Cuesta, V. ; Biswas, S. ; Palomares, E. ; Sharma, G. D. ; Langa, F. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, 4, 11009-11022
 Charge Recombination Losses in Thiophene-Substituted Porphyrin Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Arrechea, S.; Clifford, J. N.; Pelleja, L.; Aljarilla, A.; de la Cruz, P.; Palomares, E.; Langa, F. Dyes Pigm. 2016, 126, 147-153.
 Effect of porphyrin loading on Dye Sensitized Solar Cell performance based on iodide/tri-iodide and cobalt electrolytes. Aljarilla, A.; Clifford, J. N.; Pelleja, L.; Moncho, A.; Arrechea, S.; de la Cruz, P.; Langa, F.; Palomares, E. J. Mater. Chem. A. 2013, 1, 13640.
 New Acceptor-π-Porphyrin-π-Acceptor Systems for Solution-Processed Small Molecule Organic Solar Cells. Arrechea, S.; Molina-Ontoria, A.; Aljarilla, A.; de la Cruz, P.; Langa, F.; Echegoyen, L. Dyes Pigm. 2015, 121, 109.
 Push-Pull cromophores based on triphenylamine as photosensitizers and electron donors for molecular solar cells. Aljarilla, A.; Herrero-Ponce, P.; Atienzar, P.; Arrechea, S.; de la Cruz, P.; L.; Langa, F.; García, H. Tetrahedron. 2013, 69, 6875

Current profession

Prizes, Grants and Awards

OWSD Awards

Feb 2020
OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists
For her research on the potential industrial and environmental applications of materials such as nanoparticles, nanotubes, and graphene, which can be employed in creating more sustainable building materials, in water treatment, and in solar devices and other renewable energy solutions.

TWAS Awards

Sep 2017
TWAS Prizes for Young Scientists in Developing Countries

Other Awards

Sep 2017
Guatemaltecos Ilustres
Guatemaltecos Ilustres, scientific cathegory
OWSD 6th General Assembly certificate: download

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