faculty & staff


Email: rearocena@up.edu.ph
Room: ChE Room 1

Asst. Prof. Arocena is a chemical engineer with major in sugar technology and minor in food science. His research interests are in wastewater treatment and utilization of agricultural crops and wastes for the recovery of high value products or in materials development. 

Research Interests:

  1. Wastewater treatment – adsorption, photocatalysis, electrolysis, use of electrolyzed water, solidification/stabilization
  2. Utilization of agricultural wastes
  3. Recovery of high-value products from agricultural crops
  4. Fermentation
  5. Design and Fabrication
  6. Biogas production

Academic History

BS Chemical Engineering Major in Sugar Technology, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 2010

MSc Chemical Engineering Minor in Food Science , University of the   Philippines Los Baños, 2019

selected publications

Bautista, R.P., Movillon, J.L., del Barrio M.C., Tengco, J. M.M., and Arocena, R.E.  2012.Parametric and kinetic studies on the treatability of distillery slop by photocatalysis using paint-immobilized titanium dioxide. Poster presented during the 34th NAST Annual Scientific Meeting on July 11-12, 2012

Courses taught

ChE 30 – Introduction to Chemical Engineering Profession

ChE 32 – Industrial Stoichiometry

ChE 143 – Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

ChE 152 – Separation Processes

ChE 154 – Transfer Operations II

ChE 155 – Unit Operations I

ChE 156- Unit Operations II

SUTC 154 – Field and Factory Operations and Processes

SUTC 181 – Waste Management in the Sugar Factory

SUTC 185 – Sugar Laws and Economics

SUTC 193 – Sugar Process Engineering and Plant Design