CCL hosts visiting Researcher from LaTEP, France

Visiting researcher Axel Fache will be working in CCL studying development of a catalytic methanation reactor for power-to-gas applications. Axel works in Laboratoire de thermique, énergétique et procédés (LaTEP), Pau, France. The aim of his project is to develop a catalytic reactor converting CO/CO2 (from waste and biomass valorization processes) and H2 (from renewable electricity origin) into synthetic methane. In CCL, Axel will be working for 2 months to perform experiments, and to compare some simulation results to experimental results of dynamic methanation.

CCL alumni Samhita Kattekola joins Agilent Technologies

CCL alumni Samhita Kattekola will begin working at Agilent Technologies as Field Service Engineer in Wilmington, DE. Samhita completed her bachelors from the City College of New York followed by Masters in chemical engineering at University of Delaware. Samhita spent her time at CCL as Macaulay Honors Research assistant. Her work involved fundamental research into carbon sequestration using gas hydrate based capture technologies. Samhita’s experience with CCL will allow her to rapidly adapt to her new role which requires troubleshooting skills with knowledge and understanding of physical principles in chemical engineering, involving the use of sophisticated equipment. Congratulations and good luck, Samhita!

 

Dr. Castaldi Featured on French TV for his Research Collaboration

Professor Castaldi was featured on French TV for his research collaborations with Ecole des Mines, Albi investigating the valorization of biomass.  In this segment, the TV show is highlighting the conversion of biomass to energy and to produce a char that has been demonstrated to be an effective catalyst in harsh environments.

Click here to view the episode.

CCL graduate Dr. Swanand Tupsakhare starts work at Southern Research

CCL recent graduate Swanand Tupsakhare embarks on new career leveraging some of the skills acquired during his time with the CCL team. Swanand joined Southern Research’s Energy and Environment division in Durham, NC as a Post Doc Chemical Engineer in January 2018. Swanand’s work will focus on the separation of impurities and by-products in the process involving the conversion of Biomass to Acrylonitrile​, funded by DOE-BETO. ​He is also involved in the research to develop carbon utilization technologies at Southern Research. Congratulations Swanand!

Dr. Marco Castaldi, Dr. Simona Ciuta, and Demetra Tsiamis published a book titled “Gasification of Waste Materials”

Dr. Marco J Castaldi, Dr. Simona Ciuta, and Demetra Tsiamis published a book on waste gasification and pyrolysis. This textbook explores the most recent gasification technologies developed worldwide to convert solid wastes to energy, synthesis gas, and chemical products. The authors examine the thermodynamic aspects, reaction mechanisms, and kinetic constraints of using various types of wastes as feedstock.

The book is recommended for engineering researchers, graduate students, industry professionals, municipal engineers, and decision makers when planning, designing, and deploying waste to energy projects.

More information can be found at the Elsevier website- Gasification of Waste Materials