Marco J. Castaldi

Assistant Professor, Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
S.W. Mudd, Room 926 500 W 120th Street New York, N.Y. 10027
mc2352@columbia.edu
tel: 212.854.6390
fax: 212.854.7081

Research Interests

Reaction engineering for use of biomass and carbon dioxide to produce high value products; Catalytic reaction engineering to upgrade low energy fuels for low carbon energy production; flame chemistry for novel applications of CO2 usage; non-equilibrium catalytic reactions applied to highly selective processes, such as oxidative coupling; coal-biomass reactions; use of CO2 as a diluent in combustion systems.

Education

Ph. D.

Chemical Engineering,

University of California, Los Angeles

M.S.

Chemical Engineering,

University of California, Los Angeles

B.S.

Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude,

Manhattan College


Resume

2001 - 2003

Manager, Fuel Processor Comp. Dev

Precision Combustion Inc.

 

1997 - 2001

Research and Development Engineer

Precision Combustion Inc.

 

1995

Research Assistant

Sandia National Laboratory

 


Courses

E6208 Combustion Chemistry and Processes
- Combustion processes
- Engineering thermodynamics
- Pollution prevention
- Trasport phenomena

Honors and Awards

USDOEd Fellowship, Pollution Prevention Committee

UCLA Center for Clean Technology, Arco Fellowship

American Cyanamid Scholarship

Amalgamated Lithographers Scholarship

Professional Society Membership

American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Officer Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, New York Xi Chapter

Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Sociery

Epsilon Sigma Pi College Honor Society

Publications

Castaldi, M.J. and Senkan, S.M., (1996). "Chemical Structures of Fuel-Rich Flames of trans-C2H2Cl2/CH4/Ar/O2 ", Combust. Flame, 104,pp 41-50.

Gargurevich, I.A., Castaldi, M.J. and Senkan, S.M., (1995). "Structures of Fuel-Rich, Premixed, Laminar Flames of 1,1-C2H2Cl2/CH4/O2/Ar", Combust. Sci. and Tech., 106, pp 69-82.

Castaldi, M.J., Vincitore, A.M., and Senkan, S.M., (1995). "Micro-Structures of Premixed Hydrocarbon Flames: Methane", Combust. Sci. and Tech.,107,pp 1-19.

Castaldi, M.J., and Senkan, S.M., (1996). "Micro-Structures of Premixed Hydrocarbon Flames: Ethane ", Combust. Sci. and Tech., 116-117, pp 167-181.

Marinov, N.M, Castaldi, M.J., Melius, C.F., Tsang, W. (1997) “Aromatic and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Formation in a Premixed Propane Flame”, Combust. Sci. and  Tech., 128, pp. 295-342.

Marinov, N.M, Pitz, W.J., Westbrook, C.K, Vincitore, A.M., Castaldi, M.J., Senkan, S.M., and Melius, C.F., (1998) “Aromatic and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Formation in a Laminar Premixed n-Butane Flame”, Combust. Flame, 114, pp. 192-213.

Castaldi, M.J., and Senkan, S.M., (1996). "Formation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) in Hydrocarbon Combustion: Comparative New Results from Premixed Flames", Combust. Sci. and Tech., 107, pp 141-150.

Marinov, N.M., Pitz, W.J., Westbrook, C.K., Castaldi, M.J., and Senkan, S.M., (1996). "Modeling of Aromatic and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Formation in Premixed Methane and Ethane Flames", Combust. Sci. and Tech., 116-117, pp 211-287.

Castaldi, M.J., Marinov, N.M., Melius, C.F., Huang, J., Pitz, W.J., Westbrook, C.K., and Senkan, S.M., (1996). "Experimental and Modeling Investigation of Aromatic and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Formation in a Premixed Ethylene Flame", Twenty-Sixth Symposium (International) on Combustion. The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, pp 693-702.

Castaldi, M.J., and Senkan, S.M., (1998) "Real-Time Ultrasenative Monitoring of Air Toxics by Laser Photoionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry", Journal of Air and Waste Mangement, 48, 77-81.

Gittins, G.M., Castaldi, M.J., Senkan, S.M., and Rohlfing, E.A., (1997). "Real-Time Quantitative Analysis of Trace Combustion Byproducts by Resonance Enhanced Multiphoton Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry", Analytical Chemistry, 69, 286-293

Carter, R.N., Smith, L.L., Karim, H., Castaldi, M.J., Etemad, S., Muench, G., Boorse, R.S., Menacherry, P., and Pfefferle, W.C., (1999)  “Catalytic Combustion Technology Development for Gas Turbine Engine Applications”, Material Research Science, 549, pp 93-103

Smith, L.L., Karim, H., Castaldi, M.J., Etemad, S., and Pfefferle, W.C.,  “ Recent Advances in Catalytic Combustion for Ground Power Gas Turbine Engines”  1999, ASME paper 99-750

Stokes, M.O., Castaldi, M.J. Smith, L.L., Karim, H., Etemad, S., and Pfefferle, W.C. (2001), “Catalytic Combustion As A Pollution Prevention Technology To Achieve Ultra-Low Emissions In Power Generating Ground-Based Gas Turbine Engines”, Proceedings of the 33rd Mid-Atlantic Industrial Waste Conference, pp 222-232.

Castaldi, M.J., "Pollution Prevention: Reaction Network Synthesis", Chapter in Pollution Prevention Book Organized by the UCLA Department of Chemical Engineering, Book in preparation

Castaldi, M.J., Boorse, R.Samuel., Roychoudhury, S., Menacherry, P., and Pfefferle, W.C., (2001)  “Lightweight Compact, Ultra-fast Short Contact Time Preferential Oxidation Reactor for Automotive PEM Fuel Cell Applications” Submitted

Castaldi, M.J., with Senkan, S.M., (2002) “Combustion”, Ullman’s Encyclopedia, 6th Ed. (2002).

Castaldi, M.J., Assaf-Anid, N., Dorazio, L.,(2002) “Relating Abstract Concepts of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics to Current, Real World Problems”, submitted for Chemical Engineering Education.

Patents

United States Patent, US6174159 B1, issued January 2001, “Method and Apparatus for a Catalytic Firebox Reactor”, with Smith, L.L, Etemad, S., Karim, H., and Pfefferle, W.C.

United States Patent, US6394791, issued May 2002, “Method and apparatus for a fuel‑rich catalytic reactor”, with Smith, L.L, Etemad, S., Karim, H., and Pfefferle, W.C.

Patent Application 20030175198, “Method for improved selectivity for the water-gas-shift reaction”, Castaldi, M.J.