Leire Caizán

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Leire Caizán

+34 945 297 108

Parque Tecnologico C/Albert Einstein 48 CP 01510 Minano (Alava) Spain
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Almacenamiento de energía eléctrica Post-doc researcher Member

Leire Caizán did her Bachelor studies of Biotechnology at the University of Lleida (Spain), where she got the degree on 2012. For her last year, she entered the Erasmus Programme and was able to continue her studies at the University of Helsinki (Finland). As her interest on green technologies and sustainable processes increased, she got thereafter accepted to the master program of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Wageningen, under the specialization of Environmental Engineering. Her Master thesis was about wood degradation for sustainable heat production, which she did at the department of Environmental Technology. She got her degree in 2014.

Right after, Leire started her PhD research at the same department on the field of Microbial Fuel Cells, where she mainly focused on the study of granular activated carbon for bioanodes, i.e. the combination of porous electrodes and bacteria. The ultimate goal of this technology is based on the production of electricity from a wastewater treatment process, as the organic material in the wastewater is oxidized by electroactive bacteria that are capable of transferring electrons via membrane proteins (i.e. cytochromes) and/or pili (nanowires). The electrode, i.e. granular activated carbon, is then able to act as current collector but also as an electrical-double layer capacitor for charge storage purposes.

During her PhD, Leire acquired knowledge on electrochemical techniques, both with direct and alternating current, microscopy techniques (e.g. SEM, CLSM, EDX) and other analytical techniques such as GC, ICP or MRI. She supervised in total 5 MSc students and 1 BSc student, and she also assisted BSc courses on peer-review sessions and report writing. She had the opportunity to participate on some international conferences with poster/oral presentations, such as the European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology. She obtained her degree in June 2019. Now, at CIC energiGUNE, Leire is looking forward to apply her acquired experience within the Post-mortem research group, as well as be able to learn new skills in the exciting world of batteries and supercapacitors. 

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