08/10/2005 Archived Entry: "Two CAER Researchers Receive Grants from Department of Homeland Security"

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Drs. Rodney Andrews and Darrell Taulbee recently received grants for Homeland Security Research and Development Projects. The announcement was made on August 8th by United States Congressman, Hal Rogers (R-5th District) at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky. The projects both strive to diminish problems related to explosions. Andrews' $1M project is entitled, “Carbon Materials for Blast-mitigating Wall Treatments” and concerns the development of effective, low cost, modular wall panels to provide blast protection, electromagnetic shielding, radiological protection and chemical agent removal. The other project, "Reduction of the Explosion Potential of Ammonium Nitrate by Coating with Low-Cost, Coal Combustion By-Products" will use an ash-like, coal-combustion by-product to desensitize agricultural-grade ammonium nitrate with respect to detonation. It is funded for $124K.

The University of Kentucky is part of the The Kentucky Homeland Security University Consortium, which conducts research and development on ideas that might some day prove useful to the Department of Homeland Security. Eight universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System make up the consortium. Morehead State University and Alice Lloyd College will contribute to work on Dr. Andrews' project. Other collaborators are Drs. Mark Meier, John Selegue, and John Anthony, from UK's Department of Chemistry, and Mr. Bob Wombles, Vice President of Technology, Koppers Industries.

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