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.
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.
Maryland Could See Waste Crisis
After stricter limits on waste-to-energy facilities in Maryland, the state could see a drastic uptick in the amount of waste that needs to be landfilled. If Maryland’s two WTE facilities close, it will add millions of tons of household waste back into the landfill stream. State projections, meanwhile, show that the state’s landfills will be full within 30 years at the current rate – if the WTE facilities close early, that rate would grow exponentially. State officials are hoping that improved recycling can offset the waste flow or municipalities would have to pay to send the waste out of state. At present, Montgomery County pays nearly $1 million annually to send waste to Pennsylvania or Virginia.
Prof. Castaldi’s Testimony to the Maryland House and Senate
Please tune in today, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 3pm to WHCR-90.3FM to From City to the World, hosted by CCNY President Vince Boudreau.
President Boudreau will discuss sustainability and waste management with Professor Marco Castaldi, the Director of the Earth Engineering Center here at CCNY and a Professor in our Chemical Engineering Department.
On the second half of the show Cheryl Huber, the Assistant Director of Greenmarket, the country’s largest network of outdoor farmers markets will join the conversation. She will discuss her organization’s work with an emphasis on Grownyc’s Zero Waste program.
To listen to or watch From City to the World tune in to WHCR-90.3FM or go to www.whcr.org and click on the From City to the World banner at the top of the home page.
Prof. Castaldi received a Fellow grade in Ameican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Professor Castaldi is an ASME MEMBER for over 15 years in which he focused on basic and applied research to make current and new processes more environmentally benign. He has participated in many ASME initiatives and primarily interfaced with MER, EEWRC, and IGTI.