Welcome to CCL!

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.

Dr. Snehesh Ail is appointed Associate Director of CUNY’s Earth Engineering Center

The Earth Engineering Center and WTERT-USA have appointed Dr. Snehesh S. Ail to the position of Associate Director. Dr. Ail will manage the industry partnered projects at EEC related to combustion and catalysis research, bio-fuels characterization, and innovative waste management strategies. Dr. Ail is a post-doctoral research associate in the Combustion and Catalysis Laboratory at the Department of Chemical Engineering, and has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Chemical Engineering Design.

Dr. Ail has authored 20 peer-reviewed research articles and conference papers, and a patent related to catalyst synthesis. Prior to joining CCNY, Dr. Ail worked at the Free University of Bolzano, Italy, where he focused on the design of bio-to-liquids (BTL) systems, biomass-CO2 co-gasification, and development of catalysts for Fischer Tropsch reactions.

Congratulations Dr. Ail!

CCL member Tasnuva Moutushi presents in 8th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation

CCL group member Tasnuva Moutushi presented her work titled “Investigation of Reactions Occurring in Municipal Solid Waste Residues” at the 8th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation in virtual mode on May 31 – June 4, 2021. The presentations in this conference were video-recorded and sent in advance of the conference due to the spread of timezones over which presenters were participating from. Tasnuva’s presentation can be viewed here.

CCL member Snehesh Ail presents in 8th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation

CCL group member Snehesh Ail presented his work titled “Investigating Environmental Impact of Reuse of Consumer Goods in New York City” at the 8th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation in virtual mode on May 31 – June 4, 2021. The presentations in this conference were video-recorded and sent in advance of the conference due to the spread of timezones over which presenters were participating from. Snehesh’s presentation can be viewed here.

CCL alum Megan Webster joins Horiba Scientific

CCL alum Megan Webster will begin working at Horiba Scientific as a Product Engineer in Piscataway, NJ. Megan completed her doctorate from the City College of New York in 2019. Megan spent her time at CCL investigating the optoelectronic properties of ultrasmall quantum dots for light harvesting applications. Megan’s experience with CCL will allow her to rapidly adapt to her new role which requires designing custom spectrometers. Congratulations and good luck, Megan! 

Dr. Castaldi authors comprehensive review detailing Waste-to-Energy’s role in sustainable waste management

Titled “The Scientific Truth about Waste-to-Energy,” Dr. Marco Castaldi’s recent publication outlines the most up-to-date information available on thermal conversion of municipal solid waste. A team of internationally-recognized experts in WTE reviewed the work, and it now exists as a resource for policy makers to reference in their evaluation of available bridge solutions for responding to the interconnected challenges associated with energy and the environment.

CCL collaborator Axel Fache publishes in Chemical Engineering Science

CCL collaborator Axel Fache published his work done with CCL in Chemical Engineering Science. The article is titled Fixed-bed reactors for exothermic reactions: A qualitative relation between start-up time and traveling waves velocity. Visiting researcher Axel Fache worked in CCL studying development of a catalytic methanation reactor for power-to-gas applications. Axel came to CCL from Laboratoire de thermique, énergétique et procédés (LaTEP), Pau, France. In CCL, Axel worked for 3 months to perform experiments, and to compare simulation results to experimental results of dynamic methanation. CCL researchers Micheal Lugo, Yegor Nikitin, and Tasnuva Moutushi are co-authors of the article as well as Dr. Marco Castaldi. Congratulations on the successful collaboration!

Anjeza Arapi wins the Floyd Hasselriis Award

CCL researcher Anjeza Arapi won the 2020 Floyd Hasselriis Awards offered by ASME Materials and Energy Recovery (MER) Division for her work in solid waste management. Anjeza is a graduate student at the City College of New York and is expected to graduate in Spring 2021. Anjeza is currently an associate at the Earth Engineering Center at the City College of New York and is involved in researching the mitigation of halogenic emissions from a waste-to-energy facility. She is developing different mitigation techniques by understanding the behavior of iodine in combustion facilities as well as using analytical methods for quantifying this unregulated pollutant. She has also been involved in a technical assessment on air pollution control technologies. Congratulations Anjeza!

Congratulations Vishal Jadwani

CCL Congratulates Vishal Jadwani who was part of the KTH-CCNY Sweden-USA student exchange program.  Vishal worked with CCL during the summer for 2019 and focused on developing a testing and validation method to quantify and eliminate unexpected halogen emission plumes from waste to energy systems.  Vishal worked close with CCL members and EEC’s resident research engineering, Anjeza Arapi.  Vishal joined Northvolt’s Quality Control team for incoming materials for battery manufacturing. Northvolt is working towards making greener batteries for sustainable future.

A former CCL student doing good for society.

A former high school student research, Ms. Ellen Farrelly, has continued her commitment to do good for society.  Ellen did research with CCL during her Junior year of High School investigating biomass gasification.  During her research, she went into such detail that she grew her own biomass to ensure she knew all the properties and history of the feedstock to better inform her results.  In the attached link you can see that Ellen has not lost her drive to do good for the world.  CCL is proud to have her as an alumna and is looking forward to seeing the amazing things she will do for the world in the future.  Thank you, Ellen!”

Ellen was featured on News 12 the Bronx.

http://bronx.news12.com/story/41979529/manhattan-college-student-donates-ppe-supplies-to-health-care-workers

CCL welcome Prof. Castellani

The CCL team is pleased to welcome Professor Beatrice Castellani from the University of Perugia. Prof. Castellani will be conducting experiments on our methane hydrate research reactor over the next couple of weeks working with Connie Aleman (CCNY ChE undergraduate student), Yegor Nikitin (CCNY PhD candidate) and Daniel Tan, research engineer.  Professor Castellani’s visit continues the CCNY/University of Perugia collaboration that started in 2014 with a visit from Giacomo Rossetti (Giacomo info) who worked with Swanand Tupsakhare over the course of 5 months.  Currently a CCL Alumnus, Deepak Sharma, is conducting his PhD studies with Prof. Castellani’s team at the Terni lab of the University of Perugia. Again, welcome Prof. Castellani.