Plastics have gained significant attention recently due to a number of domestic and international activities. This brings awareness to an issue that we have long been investigating but theoretically and practically with organizations ranging from the US EPA and start-up companies. A new story has been published in Chemical & Engineering News from the American Chemical Society exploring the use of plastic waste for energy generation where Professor Castaldi has been interviewed and quoted. To read the entire story please follow this link.
EEC|CCNY’s latest publication on the “Role of Plastics in the Decoupling of MSW Generation and Economic Growth in the US” was recently cited in an article by Tony Kingsbury on the Sustainable Brands® website. The article is titled “Plastics’ Effect on Waste: The Answer Might Surprise You”. It can be accessed following this link.
Castaldi acted as the event’s M.C., while Tsiamis presented on the DSNY project about the global market for used textile exports from the United States. Additional information about the event is available here.
Isamar Garrido Rodriguez obtained her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from CCNY this spring. While pursuing her degree, Isamar was involved in research at EEC and received the Patell Prize for Excellence in Chemical Engineering, as well as the A.X. Schmidt Scholarship.
Other EEC research associates secured summer internships at Lockheed Martin (Grace Correa), Olin Corporation (Rainiel Baez), Dow Chemical Company (Christy Zhang) and US EPA (Alex Fenichell).
Congrats to all!
During this year’s North American Waste-to-Energy Conference (NAWTEC), EEC|CCNY research associates Grace Correa, Riliwan Sanni, Tasnuva Moutushi, and Joe Figueroa each presented a poster for their respective project. In addition, EEC|CCNY alumnus Jeffrey LeBlanc and Associate Director Demetra Tsiamis presented their research during a session moderated by Dr. Marco Castaldi and titled “Research and Development to Support Waste-to-Energy”. Below is Correa’s presentation to the NAWTEC attendees:
EEC|CCNY offered its first seminar series on waste sustainability at City College of New York this past spring semester. The seminar series, led by Assoc. Director Demetra Tsiamis, featured guest lecturers from around the world in industry, academia, and government to discuss waste management methods, technologies, policies, and behaviors that effectively advance waste sustainability. Guest lecturers included the Deputy Commissioner of Recycling of the Department of Sanitation of New York City (DSNY), the former Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), the Chief of Sustainable Materials Management of the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Ramboll, as well as our colleagues from the WTERT: Professor Nickolas Themelis and Dr. Thanos Bourtsalas of WTERT-US at Columbia University and Professor Stefano Consonni of Politecnico di Milano and WTERT-Italy, MatER.
EEC|CCNY’s study on the impact of non-recyclable plastics (NRP) on the Enerkem gasification process was published by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). This study was a collaboration with the City of Edmonton and Enerkem and sponsored by the ACC. The purpose of this pilot study, led by Assoc. Director Tsiamis, was to understand how NRP impacted methanol production and performance in the Enerkem gasification-to-biofuel process.