- Thompson Professor of Chemical Metallurgy, Department
of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University
Member of National
Academy of Engineering
West 120th St., #918 Mudd, Columbia University, New
York City, N.Y. 10027
Tel: (212) 854-2138; Fax: (212)
Themelis is a graduate of McGill University in chemical and metallurgical
engineering. In the first part of his career, he directed the
R&D of a multi-billion U.S. corporation (Kennecott Corp.).
He joined Columbia in 1980 and is past chair of the Henry Krumb
School of Mines and also of the Department of Earth and Environmental
Engineering, and founder and current director of Columbia’s
Earth Engineering Center (www.columbia.edu/cu/earth).
addition to his teaching at Columbia (transport and chemical rate
phenomena, reactor design, industrial ecology), Dr. Themelis has
been consultant to industry, government and NGOs in the areas
of process design and management of technical resources. He is
member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, of the New
York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and
Materials Society, Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada
and member of ISWA, SWANA, ASME International, Air and Waste Management
Association, AEESP and other organizations.
Themelis is Chair and co-founder, with Maria Zannes of IWSA, of
the Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (www.columbia.edu/cu/wtert),
an international consortium of universities, companies and other
organizations concerned with materials and energy recovery from
solid wastes. He is the recipient of several professional awards,
author of 180 technical papers and books and inventor of about
twenty patents related to high temperature processing. Current
research work is on integrated waste management and the design
of processes for material and energy recovery from used products.
AWARDS AND TEACHING
Distinguished Service Award of
the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum
Engineers (AIME) (March 2004).
(1997) for outstanding contributions to the mineral
and metallurgical industries.
||Best paper award (Journal
of Thermal Spray Technology, 2002), International Thermal
||Two gold medals of the
Metallurgical Society of the AIME for best papers published
(1968, 1973); ERCO award of the Canadian Society of Chemical
||Best Paper award of the
Canadian Metallurgical Society (1993).
||Extractive Metallurgy Lecturer
of AIME (1972),
Award of the AIME (1984)
||Columbia University 1987
Kohnstamm Prize for Industrial Chemistry
||1987 Lecturer of the British
Institution of Mining and Metallurgy.
||1993 Best Paper Award,
Metallurgical Society of Canadian Institute of Mining and
recent years, Prof. Themelis has directed his research and educational
efforts towards the subject of industrial ecology as it applies
to the intereffects between the provision of essential materials
to humanity (minerals, fuels, water) and environmental quality.
At Columbia, he led the transformation of the historic School
of Mines to the new engineering discipline of Earth and Environmental
PUBLICATIONS (since 1999)
N.J., An Overview of the global waste-to-energy industry,
Waste Management World, July-Aug.
2003, p. 40-47.
N.J. and Shefali Verma, Anaerobic
Digestion of Organic Waste in MSW, Waste Management World,
Jan.-Feb 2004, p. 20-24.
M, Zhang, H, Millrath, K., and Themelis, N.J., Modeling of
Waste-to Energy Combustion with Continuous Variation of the Solid
Waste Fuel, Proceedings, ASME International Congress, Washington,
D.C. (November 2003).
K., and N.J. Themelis, Current Trends in the Waste to Energy
Industry, Proc. ASME International Congress, Washington, D.C.
N.J. and C. Todd, Recycling in a Megacity, J. Air and Waste
Manage. Assoc. , p. 389-395, April
S.M., N. Goldstein, K. Millrath, and N.J. Themelis, The State
of Garbage in America, BioCycle, January 2004, p. 31-41.
N.J. and S.M. Kaufman, State of Garbage in America-Data and
Methodology Assessment, BioCycle, April 2004, p. 22-26.
D. O. and Themelis, N. J. Emissions from Waste-to-Energy: A
Comparison with Coal-fired Power Plants. 2003 ASME International
Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition 2003; (IMECE2003-55295).
A. and Themelis, N. J., Energy Recovery from Municipal Solid
Gasification, NAWTEC 11 Proceedings, ASME International, Tampa
FL (April 2003
A., Zhang, H., and N.J. Themelis, Analysis of a Waste-To-Energy
Power Plant with CO2 Sequestration, NAWTEC11 Proceedings,
ASME International, Tampa FL (April 2003),
K. and N.J. Themelis, Waste as a Renewable Source of Energy,
2003 ASME International Congress (IMECE2003-55258).
M., Zhang, H., Millrath, K., and N.J. Themelis, Modeling of
Waste-to-Energy Combustion with Continuous Variation of the Solid
Waste Fuel, 2003 ASME International Congress 2003; (IMECE2003-55342).
N.J., Steven Cohen, and Greg Frankel, Life After Fresh Kills:
Moving Beyond New York City’s Current Waste Management Plan,
Engineering and Public Affairs Joint report to Mayor M. Bloomberg,
December 2001, 66 pages.
Kim,Y.H., and Brady,M.H., Energy recovery from New York City
municipal solid wastes, Waste Management & Research 20,
no. 3 (2002): 223-233.
Integrated Management of Solid Wastes for New York City,
North American Waste to Energy Conference (NAWTEC 10) Proceedings,
ASME International, Philadelphia, (April 2002) (2002).
The environmental impacts: Assessing
waste-to-energy and landfilling in the US, Waste Management
World (2002): 35-41.
and Young Hwan Kim,. Material and Energy Balances in a Large-scale
Anaerobic Bioconversion Cell, Waste Management and Research
Analyzing data in State of Garbage in America, EPA reports,
BioCycle 44, no. 1 (2003): 22-25.
A New Resource: The Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology
Council, North American Waste to Energy Conference (NAWTEC
11) Proceedings, ASME International, Tampa FL (April 2003) (2003):
and P.Deriziotis, Substance and perceptions of environmental
impacts of dioxin emissions, North American Waste to Energy
Conference (NAWTEC 11) Proceedings, ASME International, Tampa
FL (April 2003) (2003): 225-230.
An overview of the global waste-to-energy industry, Waste
Management World (2003): 40-47.
Zhang H., Themelis N.J: Analysis of a Waste-To-Energy Power
Plant with CO2 Sequestration, North
American Waste to Energy Conference (NAWTEC 11) Proceedings, ASME
International, Tampa FL, 263-270 (April 2003).
Themelis N.J: Energy Recovery from
Municipal Solid Wastes by Gasification,
North American Waste to Energy Conference (NAWTEC 11) Proceedings,
ASME International, Tampa FL, p.241-252 (April 2003).
N.J. and Gregory, A., Mercury Emissions from High Temperature
Sources in Hudson Basin, Proceedings NAWTEC 10, Solid Wastes
Processing Division, ASME International, p. 205-215 (May 2002).
N.J. Themelis and
A.F. Gregory, Sources and Material Balance of Mercury in the
NY-NJ Harbor, New York Academy of Sciences, Nov. 2001.
T. H. Wakeman,
N.J. Themelis, A basin-wide approach to dredged material management
in New York/New Jersey Harbor, J. Hazardous Materials, 85,
pp 1-13, 2001.
A Vardelle, G.
Mariaux, N.J. Themelis, Modeling
of plasma spraying of two powders, J.of Thermal Spray Technology,
March 2001, 10, No.1, pp.105-110.
Vardelle, A.Vardelle, P.Fauchais,
K-I. Li, N.J. Themelis, Controlling
particle injection in plasma spraying, Journal of Thermal
Spray Technology, June 2001, 10, no 2, pp 267-286. (002 Best Paper
Award of International Thermal Spray Society).
Vardelle, H. Zhang, N.J. Themelis, Modeling of in-flight oxidation
and evaporation of plasma-sprayed iron articles,
Proceedings,15th International Symposium on
Plasma Chemistry, 9-13 July 2001, Orléans, France, vol 2, pp 311-318.
Themelis and Y.H. Kim, Energy Recovery:
An essential tool of integrated waste management, Proc. 33rd
Mid-Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Wastes Conference, Manhattan
College, 2001, p.89-103.
Themelis and H.Y. Kim, A re-usable landfill: The Aerobic bioconversion
cell, Proc. 33rd Mid-Atlantic Ind. and Hazardous
Wastes Conference, Manhattan College, 2001,
Themelis, Industrial Ecology and Metal Production, keynote
paper, Proceedings MINPREX, 2000, AusIMM, p. 17-24, 2000.
Amari, N.J. Themelis and I. Wernick, Resource recovery from
used rubber tires, Resources Policy 25 179-188, 1999.
Zhang, G. Espie, N.J.Themelis, A.M.Vardelle, Oxidation and
evaporation of iron droplets in a plasma jet, Proceedings,
4th International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry, 2-6
August 1999, Prague, pp 2775-2285