Jeffrey LeBlanc selected to attend 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program

arpaeJeffrey LeBlanc was selected to attend the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program in Washington D.C. February 25-27th.  The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is the premier event dedicated to transformative energy solutions. This unique event brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to help move technologies into the marketplace. The 70 graduate-level students selected to participate in the Student Program have the opportunity to attend the Summit, participate in additional student-focused panel sessions, and network with corporate recruiters. One opportunity is for graduate students to network with companies looking for new talent and for companies to meet the next generation of energy leaders.

Solar Journey Project led by CCL member Garrett Fitzgerald

Garrett Fitzgerald, CCL member, and Rob van Haaren, a doctoral student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, are planning an epic trip across the country to demonstrate how solar energy can be used to power electric vehicles.  Check out their website to learn more about solar power, electric cars, and how they plan to travel across the country!

Paper Accepted to Resources, Conservation, and Recycling

Garrett C. Fitzgerald, Jonathan S. Krones, and Nickolas J. Themelis are co-authors on a paper entitled “Greenhouse gas impact of dual stream and single stream collection and separation of recyclables,” to be published in Resources, Conservation, and Recycling in December.

This paper examines the greenhouse gas emissions, or “carbon footprint,” of recycling systems before and after a community or municipality’s transition from dual stream to single stream recycling.  The authors concluded that single stream recycling collects on average 50% more recycled tonnage than dual stream and results in 710 kg CO2-equiv. avoided emissions per MT of single stream recyclables.

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Paper Accepted to the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering

Methane Hydrate Reactor

Garrett C. Fitzgerald, Marco J. Castaldi, and Yue Zhou are co-authors on a paper entitled “Large scale reactor details and results for the formation and decomposition of methane hydrates via thermal stimulation dissociation,” published in the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering last month!

The research investigates and develops an in-situ heating method to efficiently produce methane gas from hydrates.  The research utilized CCL’s fully operational apparatus for hydrate production and dissociation.

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Paper Accepted to I&ECR

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.

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WTERT 2012 Conference – Registration Open!

The Waste-To-Energy Research and Technology Council 2012 Conference, held at Columbia University in the city of New York, will take place on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19.

The WTERT Council has put together an outstanding program of presentations by the most prominent people at the forefront of sustainable waste management. As in past years, a highlight of the program will be the presentation of the 2012 WTERT Award which this year will be received by the editors of “Waste Management World”, the very informative ISWA magazine that is available gratis to the entire world. The Awards Dinner will be held in the Skyline Dining Room of Columbia’s Faculty House, overlooking Morningside Park and eastern Manhattan. The Dinner is sponsored by the Materials and Energy Recovery Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (MER/ASME). Instructions for on-line or by-mail registration and other information on the WTERT Conference are available at

Professor Marco Castaldi Selected to Participate in 2012 Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Seventy-two of the nation’s most innovative young engineering educators have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the 2-1/2-day event, where they can share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium will be held Oct. 14-17 in Irvine, Calif.

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