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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Dr. Burt Davis recently celebrated his 700th publication in a long and prestigious 48+ year career. Dr. Davis's first publication, co-authored with Wallace S. Brey, was in 1964 in the Journal of Catalysis, while he was a graduate student at the University of Florida.

He had already established himself as a prolific author before he came to the University of Kentucky having published 30 refereed publications from various organizations: St. Joseph's University (PA), University of Florida, John's Hopkins University, Potomac State and Mobil.

As Associate Director of the Clean Fuels and Chemical Research Group at the UK Center for Applied Energy Research, Dr. Davis has authored an additional 410 refereed papers before reaching the 700th publications mark.

His 700th publication was in Catalysis Letters, 142 (2012) 190-194 with M.K. Gnanamani and W.D. Shafer titled: "Deuterium exchange study for hydrogenation of D5-1-pentene (4,4,5,5,5) over conventional cobalt Fischer-Tropsch catalyst". This paper has produced a 63% refereed publication statistic.

Dr. Davis's research expertise includes direct and indirect liquefaction, catalysis in coal conversion, analysis of synfuels products and the relationship between coal structure and liquefaction behavior.

Dr. Davis is active in many societies and was the Recipient of the American Chemical Society's 2002 Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Chemistry and was made an American Chemical Society Fellow in 2011.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

UK NOW Campus News highlights the tour that students from Western Kentucky took of the UK CAER research laboratories recently...

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 24, 2012) — The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and Plugged In: The Northwest Kentucky Energy Initiative recently sponsored an energy research tour in Lexington for high school students from western Kentucky.

A group of 13 students from Henderson County High School and Union County High School visited the CAER labs where they met with researchers and learned about their projects. They also toured Fayette County Public School's Locust Trace AgriScience Farm.


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Travis Cone, one of Congressman Hal Rogers staff members, toured the UK CAER facilities. He first toured the new CAER Lab #2, a newly built high-performance renewables laboratory. Additionally he met with several researchers in such diverse areas as electrochemical battery research, coal and environmental technologies, synfuels, biofuels (algae and briquetting), carbon materials, and power generation technologies.

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The Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship (CRERES) toured the new University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research’s CAER Lab #2, which is the center’s newly-built high-performance laboratory which allows significant expansion of our renewable and energy storage research capabilities.

The new facility includes labs for process development, prototype manufacturing and testing as well as applied research on batteries, capacitors, solar energy materials and biofuels.

The Kentucky Biofuels Laboratory, an analytical laboratory managed as an open access user facility, will be located within the building as well a new solar lab which will be made available to local industry, to assist in establishing a PV manufacturing infrastructure in central Kentucky.

Additionally a portion of the new facility will be equipped specifically for capacitor and battery manufacturing research in which the UK CAER Electrochemical Power Sources Research Group will be involved with the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center through the development of new cell fabrication and manufacturing processes for advanced lithium-ion batteries used for portable and bulk storage, as well as for the transportation sector.

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UK CAER participated in the 2012 National Technology Summit – “Promoting America’s Energy Security” - held May 23-24, 2012, at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky. The summit is part of the Tennessee Valley Corridor initiative which strives to build a strong alliance of community, business, education and government leaders through a series of regular regional economic summits throughout the corridor’s geographical reach … Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto will leave for China on Monday with six high-level administrators as part of an effort to develop new student pipelines and programs.

Rodney Andrews, Director of the UK CAER and Kunlei Liu, Associate Director at UK CAER, will focus much of the trip on visiting programs that support research into coal and clean coal technology. Per Andrews, as federal funding into fossil fuel technology has fallen, China's investments have ramped up.

"China is really making the most investments right now, particularly with respect to coal use and also in the scale in which they're doing it," Andrews said. "They're willing to do and pay for large scale tests that aren't going on anywhere else."

Andrews and his colleague, Liu, will visit the Shenhua chemical company in Beijing to discuss its coal-to-liquid technology. They also will go to the joint U.S.-Chinese Clean Energy Research Center at Tsinghua University, with plans for Capilouto to sign a memorandum of understanding regarding a project on carbon capture.

In Shanghai, the group will meet with East China University of Science and Technology.

"This is the best program in the world on coal and biomass gasification," Andrews said. "We're partnering with them where they will provide us with some of that technology."

Read more from the Lexington Herald.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

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Saturday, April 28th the University of Kentucky’s College of Design presented its plans for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant located near Paducah, KY. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Kentucky Research Consortium on Energy and Environment (KRCEE) and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), the College of Design unveiled a developed model regarding the future of the plant in regards to its closure, clean-up and potential uses. “The Paducah Project” led by Gary Rohrbacher and Ann Filson, displays the sites geographical features, subsurface conditions, and groundwater contaminant plumes. This display will be used to provoke conversation and debate among the public and academic institutions with the hope of removing and abating the groundwater contamination and its sources, enabling a regeneration of the site and region.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Six students and instructor Dr. Czarena Crofcheck from University of Kentucky Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering’s Thermochemical Processing of Biomass class toured the UK CAER on April 26, 2012. The tour included combustion, pyrolysis and gasification capabilities including carbon management, CO2 absorption processes and biomass combustion/gasification facilities including a briquetting demonstration.

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A group of researchers (above photo) from the Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and the Kentucky-Argonne Manufacturing Research and Development Center met together in Lexington, Kentucky to discuss current funding opportunities and collaborative proposal development possibilities in the area of battery research and to be used in creating a roadmap for future technology and applications.

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