Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Marco J. Castaldi of the Grove School of Engineering
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Marco J. Castaldi of the Grove School of Engineering is a Fulbright Global Award winner for his continuing work on converting solid waste materials to energy, chemicals or fuels.
Castaldi’s research involves transforming waste materials, such as biomass and municipal solid waste, to energy and chemicals. The residuals from that transformation, such as ash and char, are recycled into valuable products such as catalysts and adsorbents for energy and environmental applications. Such applications may be used to reduce emissions or to purify water.
“This is a great opportunity as it is perfectly aligned with my research on utilizing materials typically considered wastes for useful applications,” he said. “At the end of this project, I hope that we will be able to show that many materials now considered a waste can be used as a resource in another application.”
Castaldi will conduct his research in conjunction with colleagues at Ecoles des Mines/CNRS in Albi, France and the University of Bolzano, Italy. He will spend between three and six months visiting each country over the three-year duration of the fellowship.
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