Meeting/Event Information

    Prof. Marco J. Castaldi (CUNY) - Joint Meeting With AIChE: "Combustion, Gasification, and Catalytic Reaction Engineering. Waste to Energy"

    January 20, 2016
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    European Crystal Banquets
    519 W. Algonquin Rd.
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005

    Every January, the Chicago Sections of the ACS and AIChE hold a meeting together, reinforcing our relationship based on chemistry. We take turns identifying speakers, and this time it's AIChE's turn to pick the speaker. We will update this entry as soon as we have details.

    Dr. Marco J. Castaldi

    Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Department
    The City College (CCNY) of City University of New York (CUNY)


    The research activities led by Castaldi focus on combustion and catalysis of carbon based materials with a focus on energy and environmental considerations. The intellectual thread that is common among the applications is high temperature reaction engineering of homogeneous and heterogeneous carbon based feedstocks.  This spans across fossil, renewable and unconventional energy sources and incorporates ideas and applications to improve efficiency and selectivity. This presentation will introduce to the audience the research findings related to methane hydrate stimulation methods for carbon neutral energy production.  It will highlight the understanding developed in coal, biomass and waste thermal conversion from pyrolysis to combustion.  The transition to the catalysis activities will demonstrate some unique findings on reforming catalysts pertaining to deactivation and insights that explain the performance.  Finally results from a one-of-a-kind apparatus that was recently developed to probe catalytic mechanistic cycles will show the true mechanism of methane partial oxidation on Pt based catalysts.


    Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Spinach & Sorell

    Mesclun Salad with Ranch & Balsamic Dressing


         Beef Brochette Served over Rice OR

         White fish with Duglare Sauce with Anna’s potato & Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower OR

         Penne Pasta with Sautéed Vegetable Grilled Vegetable wrapped in Filo

    Apple Crumb Cake for Dessert

    Cash Bar


    From the North
    From West/Southwest From the South/Indiana
    - Take I-294 South
    - Exit at Willow Rd - West
    - Willow Becomes Palatine Rd.
    - Proceed 5 mi along Palatine Rd.
    - Turn Left at Arlington Heights Rd.
    - Proceed 4.6 mi South along Arlington Heights Rd.
    - Turn right on Algonquin Rd.
    - Proceed 0.4 mi along Algonquin
    - European Crystal will be on your left
    - Take I-355 North
    - Merge on to I-290 N
    - Exit at Golf Rd.
    - Turn right onto Golf Rd.
    - Proceed East on Golf 3.1 mi
    - Turn right on Algonquin Rd.
    - Proceed 0.4 mi on Algonquin
    - European Crystal will be on you right
    - Take I-294 West/North
    - Just past Rosemont/O'Hare, exit to I-90 West/North
    - Exit at Arlington Heights Rd.
    - Turn right on Arlington Heights Rd.
    - Proceed a couple hundred feet, quickly moving to the left turn lane
    - Turn left on Algonquin Rd.
    - Proceed 0.4 mi along Algonquin
    - European Crystal will be on your left
    Public Transit - BUS
    - European Crystal is served by routes:
    (Route 208 serves nearby Golf Rd., which intersects Algonquin 0.4 mi from the European Crystal)
    Public Transit - METRA
    - Take UP-Northwest line to Des Plaines
    - Take PACE Bus 208 West (to Woodfield)
    - At Algonquin Rd., transfer to either Route 606 or 757 (or walk), going Southeast.
     Public Transit - EL
    - Take the CTA Blue Line to the Rosemont station
    - Take PACE Bus 606 toward Woodfield (Northwest)
    - Get off 0.4 mi beyond Arlington heights Rd. (approx 30 min from Rosemont)

    PARKING: Free


    Dr. Castaldi is the Director of the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT) in the United States, an international organization that supports several students and post doctoral researchers; also, his group is recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as the foremost research group on chemical kinetics of converting wastes to energy. Dr. Castaldi’s research will lead to the development of advanced waste-to-energy processes and in particular the high-efficiency recovery of energy from biomass processes using catalysis. Understanding the fundamental reaction sequences and their associated kinetic parameters is the sure way to provide the requisite capability to explore and develop new technologies while improving existing ones for converting “waste” resources into renewable energy.  Currently Dr. Castaldi has established the Earth Engineering Center at City College, City University of New York. The goal of EEC|CCNY is to bring to bear rigorous engineering solutions that enable responsible use of energy and materials for the advancement of society. Through industry collaborations and research sponsorship EEC|CCNY develops novel solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. EEC|CCNY routinely engages students with industry professionals enabling a holistic approach to creative realistic, forward-looking applications. The reach of EEC|CCNY is international in scope with many projects connecting international students and companies with a global presence. 



    $35.00 Member ticket - dinner2

    $37.00 Non-member ticket - dinner2

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired ($20/each) 2

    $0.00 Lecture only

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - natural canvas

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

    $65.00 Sponsor a Teacher's Membership in AACT & Affiliate Membership in Chicago ACS