Marco J. Castaldi


Main Affiliation

Chemical Engineering

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Earth System Science and Environmental Engineering


Steinman Hall



Marco J. Castaldi


Marco Castaldi was born in New York City and received his B.S. ChE (Magna cum Laude) from Manhattan College. His Ph.D. is in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and he has minors in Advanced Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. Professor Castaldi has approximately 90 peer-reviewed research articles, 40 peer-reviewed conference papers, 3 book chapters and 11 patents in the fields of catalysis, combustion and gasification.  He has collaborated with researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Sandia, Brookhaven and Argonne National Laboratories on wide ranging research from combustion modeling to catalytic reactor development to hydrate dissociation studies.  He has provided expert testimony to state and federal committees and served as expert witness for numerous cases related to waste-to-energy, air emissions and catalysis.  Current research activities span fundamental investigations related to combustion and catalysis to applied research with small and large multinational companies.  Some of his research findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Observer, CNN, and other trade publications.  Prior to his academic career Professor Castaldi worked as Manager of Fuel Processor Component Development for Precision Combustion Inc. in New Haven, CT overseeing projects totaling $5 MM.   

Professional awards include: 

2016                     Fulbright Global Award

2015                     National Academies’ Intelligence Science & Technology Expert Group

2014                     National Research Council, Panel Member Appointment

2012                     Fellow, National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Eng. Ed.

2010                     ACS Environmental Division Best Paper Presentation

2009                     National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2009                     International Precious Metal Institute Student Advisor Award

2005                     ASME, Gas Turbine Award

2004                     ASME, Best Applications Paper Award

2002                     Manhattan College, Top 10 Engineering Professors

1992                     UCLA Center for Clean Technology, Arco Fellowship

1991-1992            American Cyanamid Scholarship



Ph.D.Chemical Engineering, 1997, University of California, Los Angeles; Advisor: Selim M. Senkan

M.S.Chemical Engineering, 1994, University of California, Los Angeles; Advisor: Selim M. Senkan

B.S.Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, 1992, Manhattan College

Research Interests

Combustion, Gasification, and Catalytic Reaction Engineering. Waste to Energy.