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.
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.
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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!