Mr. Patricio Paredes

Junior Research Fellow & PhD student at the Institute of Forestry and Engineering (EMÜ)

Nationality: Ecuadorian

Estonian University of Life Sciences

Institute of Forestry and Engineering, Chair of Energy Application Engineering
Fr.R.Kreutzwaldi 56, Tartu 510006, ESTONIA

ORCID: 0000-0001-6783-2264



  • Ph.D. studies in Engineering Sciences at Institute of Forestry and Engineering, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu (10.2021-….) 
  • BS-MS dual degree studies in Nanotechnology Engineer at Yachay Tech University, Imbabura, Ecuador (06. 2015 – 05.2021) 

Present fields of research

  • Nanomaterials applied to Optoelectronics and photovoltaic applications
  • Hydrothermal and precipitation methods based synthesis of nanoparticles (copper nitride)
  • Morphology, optoelectronic and I-V characterization of as synthesized nanoparticles
  • Photocalysis and electrochemistry

Present projects

Honors and awards

  • 2024 Best presentation award (1st place) during the Ph.D. students’ Days of “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad
  • 2018, International Travel Award given by Internal Grants Projects at Yachay Tech University, to participate in the summer research program at the University of Montpellier from 05. 2018 to 08. 2018, Montpellier, France.
  • 2018, First place in the Projects, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism Contest at Yachay Tech University Ecuador.
  • 2017, Best Poster award at Interuniversity Physical / Chemistry Journeys Ecuador – 2021 (IPCJ), Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador.


1. Publication in the group:

  • «Sunlight-Driven Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue with Facile One-Step Synthesized Cu-Cu2O-Cu3N Nanoparticle Mixtures» P. Paredes, E. Rauwel, D. S. Wragg, L. Rapenne, E. Estephan, O. Volobujeva and P. Rauwel Nanomaterials MDPI 13(8), 1311 (2023) [REF]
  • «Surveying the Synthesis, Optical Properties and Photocatalytic Activity of Cu3N Nanomaterials» P. Paredes, E. Rauwel and P. Rauwel Nanomaterials MDPI 12(13), 2218 (2022) [REF]

2. Former publications

  • «Adsorption of Glyphosate in water by Fe3O4@TiONanocomposite» E. Paredes, S. Breseño. (Institucional Repository of Yachay Tech University), 2021 [REF].


“Effect of Cu3N and Cu on the photocatalytic activity of Cu2O nanoparticles”
Patricio Paredes, David Wragg, Erwan Rauwel, Protima Rauwel
16th International Summer Schools on Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (ISSON22), Thessaloniki, Greece 2-9 July 2022