Senior Research Fellow

Dr Erika Lorenz-Calderon is a chemical engineer. She holds a PhD in environmental electrochemistry in wastewater treatment from the EPF Lausanne, Switzerland and a postdoc in solar cells from the University of Milan Bicocca in Italy. She has worked in several European research institutes like Institute of Photovoltaics at the University of Stuttgart, and Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Finally, she has recently finished her studies in business sustainability management from the University of Cambridge.

Erika was a Senior Research Fellow at CARES in 2021 with Professor Paul Liu as her PI under the C4T Emerging Opportunities Fund



Research Interest

- Environmental sustainability for the CO2 reduction to tackle climate change.
- Electrochemical wastewater treatment via electrooxidation and electrocoagulation.
- Leaching of solar modules for the recovery of their materials.
- Preparation and electrochemical characterisation of oxide electrodes (Ti/IrO2) for the application of wastewater treatment.
- Characterisation of Boron Doped Diamond (BDD) electrodes for the application of wastewater treatment.

Key Publications

E. Herrera Calderon, J. Hahladakis, G. Foti, A. Katsaounis, “Effectiveness factor of isopropanol oxidation on IrO2 based electrodes of different loading”, Electrochimica Acta, 2010, 55, 8215-8219.

E. Herrera Calderon, A. Katsaounis, R. Wüthrich, Ph. Mandin, G. Foti, Ch. Comninellis, “Effectiveness factor of fast (Fe3+/Fe2+), moderate (Cl2/Cl-) and slow (O2/H2O) redox couples using IrO2-based electrodes of different loading”, J. Appl. Electrochem., 2009, 39, 1827-1833.

F. L. Guzman-Duque, C. Petrier, C. Pulgarin, G. Peñuela, E. Herrera-Calderon, R. A. Torres-Palma, “Synergistic Coupling between Electrochemical and Ultrasound Treatments for Organic Pollutant Degradation as a Function of the Electrode Material (IrO2 and BDD) and the Ultrasonic frequency (20 and 800 kHz)”, Int. J. Electrochem. Sci., 2016, 11, 7380-7394.

E. Herrera Calderon, M. Dangate, N. Manfredi, A. Abbotto, M. M. Salamone, R. Ruffo, C. M. Mari, “Electrochemical and Spectroelectrochemical Properties of a New Donor-Acceptor Polymer Containing 3,4-Dialkoxythiophene and 2,1,3-Benzothiadiazole Units”, Polymers, 2013, 5, 1068-1080.

C. Coluccini, N. Manfredi, E. Herrera Calderon, M. Salamone, R. Ruffo, D. Roberto, M. G. Lobello, F. De Angelis, A. Abbotto, “Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties of Thiophene-Based 2-Arylpyridines”, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 28, 5587-5598.