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.
Recent CCL graduate, Dr. Garrett Fitzgerald published results of an analysis performed by the Rocky Mountain Institute on viability of energy storage today. Read the article here.
Stephen Crowley finished his 2nd doctoral qualifying exam at the City College of New York. He is now working on his dissertation topic focused on reforming oxygenated fuels.
CCL was granted access to the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) before its shutdown at the end of this year. Stephen Crowley, Robyn Smith and Michaela Wagar were successful in generating first-of-its-kind data by using high energy X-rays to probe the conformational and oxidation state of catalysts during reaction. This work was made possible through collaboration with Dr. Anatoly Frenkel and his research team at Yeshiva University.Stephen Crowley was interviewed on the impending shutdown of the beam and his overall experience at the NSLS which can be found below and on the BNL website. Skip to 15:21 in the video to hear what Stephen has to say!
The June 3rd presentation by Dr. Marco Castaldi in Portland’s “Let’s Talk Trahsh” can now be seen on YouTube.
CCL was well represented as the experimental research branch of WTERT. The welcoming speech was given by Dr. Marco Castaldi.Dr. Marco Castaldi and Demetra Tsiamis each gave technical presentation on CCL work.Technical poster presentations were given by Timonthy Sharobem, Liubov Melnikova, Leah Curry, Deepak Kumar, Nour Awad, and Dr. Simona Ciuta, all from CCL.
Dr. Marco Castaldi will be presenting at the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering – VCASE on Solid carbon (Coal, Biomass and Waste) conversion to syngas: Enhancement via CO2.
Marion Ducousso, a joint researcher in CCL and Ecole des Mines d’Albi Carmaux, won the 5th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation poster competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her research involved the utilization of ash.