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.
CCL member Steve Crowley was featured in the City College of New York Division of Science Annual Report for his work to create an on-campus community for grad students in science and engineering! Steve and his colleague, Jose Pinto, are aiming to “stimulate give and take between engineering and the sciences by encouraging camaraderie and exchange of ideas” says Steve. Steve and Jose plan professional development workshops, seminars, and social events. They recently organized a very successful “open mic” night in which science and engineering students shared their research in an informal atmosphere. To get involved or learn more, contact them at email@example.com.
Keep up the good work Steve!
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On April 10 ,2013, the Canadian Energy-From-Waste Coalition (CEFWC) hosted an EFW workshop in conjunction with the SWANA Pacific Northwest (PNW) Chapter annual general meeting in Richmond, British Columbia. The goal was to educate key BC-based influencers and decision-makers about the merits of EFW. By all accounts it was a tremendous success. Dr. Castaldi was among the presenters, speaking on “A global assessment of EFW implementation.” Based on the feedback received, CEFWC will be repeating this exercise in eastern Canada and Alberta, as well as with other potential stakeholder groups.
Marco Castaldi has been selected to fill the inaugural laboratory of excellence (LabEX) visiting scholar chair position at Ecole des Mines. This position is funded by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the National Agency for Research, and Ecole des Mines d’Albi-Carmaux. The LabEx designation is given for 10 years to the top 10% of laboratories in France by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of France. The funding will support research on heterogeneous interface reaction kinetics, in particular gasification and catalysis, and will support another student in the EDM-CCL collaboration.
Marco Castaldi is now the new chair of the Research and New Technology Committee (RANTC) of AIChE. The main activity of RANTC is to keep AIChE on the forefront of new ideas coming “down the pipe” in which chemical engineers can have an important contributing role. RANTC is the entity that identifies, nurtures, and deploys professionally relevant technologies that strengthen AIChE by attracting and retaining practicing professionals involved in those technologies. Read more here.
Marco Castaldi, Steve Goff from Covanta Energy, and John Norton from Norton Engineering are presenting in a free live webinar on Thursday May 30 from 2-3pm ET on the promises and challenges of waste-to-energy technology. This is part of a series in the ASME Energy Forum, a new, year-long multi-media series that explores the technical aspects and workings of a broad range of energy sources and related technologies from solar power and hydro to fuel cell vehicles and wind power.
Check out Earth Prospectus, a blog written by alumni CCL member Scott
Kaufman! In his blog, Scott discusses issues such as climate change
and the carbon tax, and challenges us to reconsider our preconceived
notions about environmentalism and sustainability. Scott is the
co-founder of PeerAspect, a new company building a global network of
experts to help companies solve sustainability problems.
On Friday April 26 Naomi Klinghoffer passed her doctoral defense: Utilization of char from biomass gasification in catalytic applications. Congratulations!