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.
Professor Castaldi was featured on French TV for his research collaborations with Ecole des Mines, Albi investigating the valorization of biomass. In this segment, the TV show is highlighting the conversion of biomass to energy and to produce a char that has been demonstrated to be an effective catalyst in harsh environments.
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Professor Castaldi was interviewed by CUNY Radio about his Fulbright Global Fellowship appointment conducting research on thermal conversion for sustainable waste management. Please listen to the short podcast for more information.
Link to podcast
CCL recent graduate Swanand Tupsakhare embarks on new career leveraging some of the skills acquired during his time with the CCL team. Swanand joined Southern Research’s Energy and Environment division in Durham, NC as a Post Doc Chemical Engineer in January 2018. Swanand’s work will focus on the separation of impurities and by-products in the process involving the conversion of Biomass to Acrylonitrile, funded by DOE-BETO. He is also involved in the research to develop carbon utilization technologies at Southern Research. Congratulations Swanand!
Dr. Marco J Castaldi, Dr. Simona Ciuta, and Demetra Tsiamis published a book on waste gasification and pyrolysis. This textbook explores the most recent gasification technologies developed worldwide to convert solid wastes to energy, synthesis gas, and chemical products. The authors examine the thermodynamic aspects, reaction mechanisms, and kinetic constraints of using various types of wastes as feedstock.
The book is recommended for engineering researchers, graduate students, industry professionals, municipal engineers, and decision makers when planning, designing, and deploying waste to energy projects.
More information can be found at the Elsevier website- Gasification of Waste Materials
CCL researchers Tasnuva Moutushi and Grace Correa won the 2017-2018 Floyd Hasselriis Awards offered by ASME Materials and Energy Recovery (MER) Division for their work in solid waste management. Congratulations Tasnuva and Grace!
Swanand Tupsakhare passed his doctoral defense of his thesis entitled “Simulation of In Situ Combustion in Gas Hydrate Systems for Carbon Sequestration and Gas Recovery”. Congratulations Swanand!
CCL member Megan Webster was highlighted in the Chemical Engineering Newsletter for her excellent progress in research and being awarded a Nanofabrication Facility Fellowship by the Advanced Science Research Center of CUNY. Congratulations Megan!