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.
Plastics have gained significant attention recently due to a number of domestic and international activities. This brings awareness to an issue that we have long been investigating but theoretically and practically with organizations ranging from the US EPA and start-up companies. A new story has been published in Chemical & Engineering News from the American Chemical Society exploring the use of plastic waste for energy generation where Professor Castaldi has been interviewed and quoted. To read the entire story please the following link:
CCL alumni Alexsandra Guerra started a company called Nori in Seattle as a marketplace for reversing climate change. The company hosts summits, publishes weekly blogs, hosts webinars to engage experts into the design process, and hosts a weekly podcast on all things carbon removal. All of this can be found at https://nori.com.
Nori recently launched a crowd sale of tokens for early investors. The campaign can be seen here: republic.co/Nori
Visiting researcher Axel Fache will be working in CCL studying development of a catalytic methanation reactor for power-to-gas applications. Axel works in Laboratoire de thermique, énergétique et procédés (LaTEP), Pau, France. The aim of his project is to develop a catalytic reactor converting CO/CO2 (from waste and biomass valorization processes) and H2 (from renewable electricity origin) into synthetic methane. In CCL, Axel will be working for 2 months to perform experiments, and to compare some simulation results to experimental results of dynamic methanation.
CCL alumni Samhita Kattekola will begin working at Agilent Technologies as Field Service Engineer in Wilmington, DE. Samhita completed her bachelors from the City College of New York followed by Masters in chemical engineering at University of Delaware. Samhita spent her time at CCL as Macaulay Honors Research assistant. Her work involved fundamental research into carbon sequestration using gas hydrate based capture technologies. Samhita’s experience with CCL will allow her to rapidly adapt to her new role which requires troubleshooting skills with knowledge and understanding of physical principles in chemical engineering, involving the use of sophisticated equipment. Congratulations and good luck, Samhita!
CCL members Tasnuva Moutushi, Grace Correa, Joseph Figueroa, Riliwan Sanni and Dr. Marco Castaldi and alumni Dr. Jeffrey Leblanc attended the Annual North American Waste to Energy Conference in Lancaster, PA. The students presented posters on their research related to waste-to-energy, and received great feedback and encouragement for their work. Go team!
CCL student Riliwan Sanni has been accepted into the graduate program at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He will start his MS program at the Chemical and Biological Engineering department this Fall. Congratulations and good luck!
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.