Composite Materials & Engineering Center Manuel Raul Pelaez-Samaniego

Adjunct Professor
Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador
Phone: ++593 9 90791031

Technical Interests

  • Energy efficiency and Energy management & auditing
  • Planning of Energy Systems
  • Biomass thermochemical conversion
  • Natural fibers: Characterization and conversion into fuels, energy, and bioproducts
  • Wood/fiber composites manufacture and testing
  • Electrolytic Hydrogen (production, use, planning)
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Thermal Power Plants
  • Use of analytical techniques/equipment for materials’ characterization and processing

Education

  • Post-doctorate, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • Ph.D. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • M.S. Planning of Energy Systems, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP, Brazil.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Orient, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (Ranking 1/144). Gold Degree and Summa cum Laude.

Professional Experience

  • 2021-current: Adjunct Professor, Composite Materials and Engineering Center, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • 2020-2021: Visiting Professor, Composite Materials and Engineering Center, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • 2018-2020: Chair of the Department of Applied Chemistry and Systems of Production, Universidad de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • 2015–current: Professor (Full), Universidad de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • 2010-2014: Graduate Research Assistant, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • 2007–2015: Associate Half-time Professor, Universidad de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • 2001–2007: Part time Lecturer, Universidad de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • 1996–2001:Part time Lecturer, Salesian Polytechnic University, Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • 1996–2005:Production Manager at INDALUM Ltd., Cuenca, Ecuador

Publications

  • Cisneros, J.F., Pelaez-Samaniego, M.R., Pinos, V., Nopens, I., Alvarado, A., 2021. Development of an automated tracer testing system for UASB laboratory-scale reactors, Water, 13, 1821, https://doi.org/10.3390/w13131821
  • Garcia-Perez, T., Ortiz-Ulloa, J., Jara-Cobos, L., Zalamea-Piedra S., Pelaez-Samaniego, M.R., 2021. Sugarcane bagasse ash for removal of hydrogen sulfide within biogas, submitted to Waste and Biomass Valorization.
  • M. Astudillo-Flores, E. Zalamea-Leon, A. Barragán-Escandón, M.R.Pelaez-Samaniego, J. Calle-Siguenza, 2021. Modelling of solar thermal energy for household use in equatorial latitude by using the F-Chart model, Renewable Energy and Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ) 19:269-275. https://doi.org/10.24084/repqj19.273.
  • Sánchez-Alvarracín, C., Albuja-Arias, D., Criollo-Bravo, J., Garcia-Avila, F., Pelaez-Samaniego, M.R., 2021, Management of used lubricant oil and its regeneration potential in a Latin-American medium size city, Recycling https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010010
  • Pelaez-Samaniego, M.R., Perez, J.F., Ayiania, M., Garcia-Perez, T., 2020. Chars from wood gasification for removing H2S from biogas, Biomass and Bioenergy 142, 105754, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2020.105754
  • Pelaez-Samaniego, M.R., Espinoza-Abad, J.L., Jara-Alvear, J., Arias-Reyes, P., Maldonado, F., Recalde, P., Rosero, P., Garcia-Perez, T., 2020. Potential and impacts of cogeneration in tropical climate countries. Ecuador as a case study, Energies. 13-5254, https://doi.org/10.3390/en13205254.
  • Ortiz-Ulloa, J.A.. Abril-González, M.F., Pelaez-Samaniego, M.R., Zalamea-Piedra, T.S., 2020. Biomass yield and carbon abatement potential of banana crops (Musa spp.) in Ecuador, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-09755-4
  • Pérez, J.F., Pelaez-Samaniego, M.R., Garcia-Perez, M.,2019. Torrefaction of fast-growing Colombian wood species, Waste and Biomass Valorization 10 (6), 1655-1667. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12649-017-0164
  • Complete list of publications at Google Scholar and ORCiD