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, Marcella Lusardi, Jeffrey LeBlanc, and Tim Sharobem all presented at the 21st Annual North American Waste to Energy Conference in Fort Myers, Florida on their research related to waste-to-energy, gasification, and high temperature corrosion.
On October 23, 2012 Alexsanda Guerra gave an oral presentation titled “Catalytic Performance of Char from Gasification of Biomass for the Reformation of Toluene as a Model of Tar” at the 31st International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors in New Orleans, LA.
Naomi Klinghoffer gave an oral presentation titled “Catalytic Properties and Performance of Char from Biomass” at the 3rd International Symposium on Gasification and its Applications as part of the 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference October 14-17, 2012, in Vancouver, BC.
Naomi B. Klinghoffer, Marco J. Castaldi, and Ange Nzihou are co-authors on a paper entitled “Catalyst Properties and Catalytic Performance of Char from Biomass Gasification,” accepted to Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research last month!
The research investigates the properties and performance of biomass gasification char and demonstrates its potential to replace expensive tar decomposition catalysts with inexpensive, on-site, char catalysts. This paper is a result of the collaboration between CCL and Ecole des Mines d’Albi.