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.
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!
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 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.
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.
On December 12, 2019, Professor Kwon, second from left, poses with the other select winners and Mr. Jang Myung-ho, vice president of the Doosan Foundation. The ceremony was held in Bexco, Busan, Korea. We are all very proud of Professor Kwon for his award and excellent work he has been doing over the years. Congratulations from CCL past and present! read more
CCL Students Tasnuva and Sandrine participated at the AICHE Gala
On Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, Robyn Smith grad student at City College of New York and a team member of CCL research group defended her thesis Elucidation of the Catalytic Partial Oxidation of Methane Utilizing the One-of-a-Kind Catalytic Shock Tube Technique. Congratulation!!
CCL group member Tasnuva Moutushi presented her work titled “Investigation of Reactions at the Gas/Solid Interface of Municipal Solid Waste Residues” at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Conference 2019 in Orlando, California.
On Monday, October 28, 2019, Megan Webster grad Student at City College of New York and a team member of CCL Research group defended her thesis and got her PhD. Congratulation !!!
Professor Castaldi was recently quoted in a recent Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) feature. The article by Alexander Tullo presents the issues associated with plastic waste. The article “Plastic has a problem; is chemical recycling the solution?” published October 6, 2019 C&EN VOL. 97, ISSUE 39 details how new and existing conversion technologies are planning to process the plastic wastes that are not or cannot be recycled. Currently about 9% of plastics are recycled because the public does not separate their waste enough, the markets for recycled material are weak and product performance dictates exacting properties which recycled material normally cannot meet. To read more please visit https://cen.acs.org/environment/recycling/Plastic-problem-chemical-recycling-solution/97/i39.