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Group Picture, April 2013

The Combustion and Catalysis Lab is directed by Professor Marco J. Castaldi. The main focus is the thermal and catalytic conversion of carbon based material to desired products. For example, municipal solid waste and biomass to synthetic fuels, liquid fuels to hydrogen and greenhouse gases (carbon-based) to fuels.

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CCL attends WasteEng 2014 in Rio de Janeiro

The 5th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will be attended by members of CCL. Dr. Marco Castaldi, Dr. Simona Ciuta, Flavia Albuquerque and Francesco Patuzzi are all presenting work from the CCL on Waste-to-Energy.

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CCL attends ICEC 2014

The CCL will be represented at the 8th International Conference on Environmental Catalysis (ICEC) in Asheville, NC. Dr. Naomi Klinghoffer and Stephen Crowley will be present on their work in the field of catalysis. Stephen Crowley was awarded a travel grant to attend the conference.

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Marco Castaldi published on Wired!

Wired! is a blog focused on innovative technologies which recently featured the CCL. In the blog, Marco Castaldi describes his current projects in Waste-to-Energy.

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Marco Castaldi presents at NerdNite

At NerdNite in Portland, OR Marco Castaldi described how garbage can be used as a resource and the pros and cons waste management procedures. Photos are courtesy of Scott Frey.

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Aidan Datene presents work from CCL

Aidan Datene is a junior at the Hendrick Hudson High School. Over the past year, he has been working in the CCL on a unique WtE ash utilization project. A description of his work is given here. The work was in collaboration with the high school science research program.

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Congratulations to Jeffrey LeBlanc

Jeffrey LeBlanc finished his 2nd doctoral qualifying exam at the City College of New York. He is now working on his dissertation topic focused on coke production from coal.

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Dr. Kohn receives Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. McKenzie P. Kohn received a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship from the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) to do research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The fellowship will begin this September for 20 months. Fulbright fellowships are highly competitive, merit-based grants for international education exchange of scholars founded by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. During the fellowship, she will conduct research on solar powered water and carbon dioxide electrolysis to produce syngas, a
precursor to synthetic fuel.
For more information, see the Fulbright website,



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