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.
Dr. Marco Castaldi was invited to the Seventh International Conference on Material Engineering for Resources in Akita City, Japan on November 20-22 to deliver a presentation titled “Utilization of Waste for Sustainable Energy and Materials Recovery” as a keynote speaker.
CCL is traveling from coast to coast to present at the AIChE 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Presentation will be made by post-docs Dr. Naomi Klinghoffer and Dr. Simona Ciuta and by Ph.D students Jeffrey LeBlanc and Stephen Crowley.
CCL is off to present at and co-sponsor the 32nd International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3/HWC) in San Antonio, TX. Presentation will be given by Timothy Sharobem, Dr. Simona Ciuta and Dr. Marco Castaldi.
CCL, in collaboration with the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) and the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT), will for the first time be co-sponsoring sessions at the conference.
IT3/HWC, a thermal treatment conference, provides a forum for the discussion of state of the art technical information, regulations, and public policy on thermal treatment technologies and their relationship to air emissions, greenhouse gases, climate change, renewable energy or alternative energy production, and sustainability. Beginning this year, the IT3/HWC conference will be co-located in odd years in partnership with WTERT and the Materials and Energy Recovery Division (MER) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
On September 4th, Garrett Fitzgerald passed his doctoral defense. His thesis is titled “Experimental and modeling study of CH4 gas hydrate formation and dissociation via thermal simulation”. Congratulations Garrett!
The ASME MER Division Scholarship is distributed annually to students with an interest in solid waste management and related fields. Jeffrey LeBlanc was selected as a 2013-2014 recipient of this award. In conjunction, CCNY is recognized as a university which offers courses constructive in careers in solid waste management. Congratulations Jeff!
Two students from KTH Royal Institute of Technology joined the CCL group for the summer. Jacky Ho and Alfred Halvarsson visited NYC for 10-week research program. Each of the students managed their own respective projects in the field of combustion and catalysis. Jacky Ho performed studies of carbon dioxide adsorption on various types of oxide catalyst. Alfred Halvarsson investigated biomass char as a catalyst for tar decomposition.
On June 26th, the CCL group participated in the First Annual New York Energy Week (NYEW). Included in the lab tours was the new CCL space at CCNY. The lab tour was presented by Dr. Simona Ciuta. Among the many visitors from throughout New York was Dr. Lisa S. Coico, the president of City College of New York, whom we thank very much for the presence and interest in CCL work. Jeffrey LeBlanc acted as the NYEW ambassador in organizing, promoting and working the events.