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.

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.


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.

Professor Eilhann Kwon, CCL Alumni, has received the prestigious Doosan Yeongang Environmental Science Award.

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