UK CAER Current News

The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is one of the University of Kentucky's multidisciplinary research centers. Its energy research provides a focal point for environmental, renewable and fossil fuels research in Kentucky.

Story on CAER Appears in Trends Journal

clock October 8, 2012 14:03 by author Alice

"HOME GROWN OIL" is an article about "drop-in" replacements for transportation fuels that are made from organic trash or excreted by algae.  The article, appearing in the Spring 2012 The Trends Journal issue, features the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research's project concerned with the utilization of waste CO2 and heat from a coal-fired power plant to cultivate algae.  The algae could then be processed into fuel and other products while lowering CO2 emissions at the plant.


Dr. Julian Norley Gives Graffin Lecture at UK CAER

clock October 5, 2012 17:38 by author Alice

Dr. Julian Norley, Corporate Fellow at GrafTech International Holdings Inc. located in Parma, Ohio will give a Graffin Lecture at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (Lexington, KY) on October 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Norley is the 2012 George D. Graffin Lecturer in Carbon Science and Engineering which is hosted by the American Carbon Society. This lecture series is supported by grants from the Asbury Graphite Mills, Inc., and sponsors this lecture series in North American Universities in honor of George D. Graffin, a pioneer in the natural graphite industry. Each year the Society selects a lecturer who has made distinguished contributions to carbon science and engineering. The lecture is available to North American universities, by arrangement with the lecturer.

Title of the Talk: GrafTech International - 125 Years of Carbon and Graphite Materials Science - from Arc Carbons to Smart Phones

Real Time July/August 2012 Edition

clock October 5, 2012 15:27 by author Alice

Real Time July-August 2012 newsletter is now available.  Some of the stories include ...

  • UK CAER Dedicates an Energy Efficient Laboratory
  • The new PowerUp Kentucky web site brings together videos that show students the challenges and opportunties of energy and its sources
  • Burt Davis has been selected for the 2013 ACS Energy and Fuels Division Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry
  • UK Chemistry Professor John Anthony's paper is on of Applied Physics Letters most downloaded articles of the last 5 years and one of the most highly cited articles in that journal

Graffin Lecture Oct. 19 at CAER

clock October 5, 2012 09:30 by author Marybeth McAlister


Graffin Lecture: 19 Oct. 2012, 10-11a.m. UKY CAER Bandy Room 2540 Research Park Dr., Lexington, KY

Dr. Julian Norley Senior Corporate Fellow, GrafTech International Holdings Inc., Parma, Ohio, USA

GrafTech International - 125 Years of Carbon and Graphite Materials Science - from Arc Carbons to Smart Phones


GrafTech International was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1886 as the National Carbon Company and in 2011 celebrates 125 years as a carbon and graphite materials science company, with annual sales in excess of $1 billion and sixteen manufacturing plants located worldwide. GrafTech today manufactures a wide variety of carbon and graphite raw materials and finished products and services a broad variety of markets including steel making, solar, semiconductor, consumer electronics, oil and exploration, fuel cells and batteries.


The lecture will discuss highlights of GrafTech's 125 year history of invention and commercialization of carbon and graphite materials, covering the topics of arc carbons, brushes, dry cell batteries, electrodes for electric steel making, nuclear graphite, carbon fibers, alkaline batteries, fuel cells, graphite for the solar industry and heat spreaders for Smart Phones.

The American Carbon Society, supported by grants from the Asbury Graphite Mills, Inc., sponsors this lecture series in North American Universities. The lecture series is in honor of George D. Graffin, who was a pioneer in the natural graphite industry. Each year the Society selects a lecturer who has made distinguished contributions to carbon science and engineering. The lecture is available to North American universities, by arrangement with the lecturer.

New Patent for CAER Researchers

clock October 4, 2012 15:38 by author Marybeth McAlister

Congratulations to Uschi Graham, (former CAER researcher) Rajesh Khatri, and Burt Davis. They recently authored the patent In-situ nanoparticle formation in polymer clearcoats. Toyota sponsored the R&D phase of the project that led to the invention. The University of Kentucky is the Assignee and Toyota will receive one complementary license.

Invention summary:

Methods and compositions for forming a transparent clear coat characterized by a desired property, such as a color effect, resistance to UV light-induced degradation and/or scratch resistance, on a substrate are detailed according to embodiments of the invention. Particular compositions and methods for producing a transparent clear coat layer include nanoparticles formed in-situ during curing of a transparent clear coat.



UK's SEAM Students Learn about CAER

clock September 27, 2012 11:33 by author Marybeth McAlister

The SEAM program brings together undergraduate business and engineering students to participate in an integrated program in which students learn from both disciplines. These scholars are eligible to enroll in specially-designed courses that expand their professional horizons by working in cross-functional teams with other high achievement-oriented students. A group of these students met with Director Rodney Andrews, learned about algae use for CO2 reduction, and toured the new renewable fuel and energy storage building yesterday.

Crocker Is Keynote Speaker

clock September 25, 2012 11:31 by author Marybeth McAlister

#UKCAER Biofuels & Environmental Catalysis Associate Director Mark Crocker gave a keynote talk entitled "Synergy of LNT and Cu-chabazite SCR Catalysts in Coupled LNT-SCR Systems?" for CLEERS (Cross-Cut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reduction Simulations) lean NOx trap working group (a group of about 50 people from companies and universities in the US and Europe).

UK CAER Hosts Coal Combustion Products Utilization and Management Workshop

clock September 20, 2012 17:18 by author Alice

Coal Combustion Products (CCP) are beneficially used for a wide variety of applications.  Understanding how there materials are generated and managed can help maximize their value while improving the environment. 

This new workshop, co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Research and the American Coal Ash Association, will provide a comprehensive overview for people seeking to expand their understanding of CCP and the markets for these materials.

For more information, including a newly updated agenda, or to register for the workshop, visit the workshop website.

New Carbon Capture PostDoc Position Open at UK CAER

clock September 20, 2012 10:54 by author Alice

The University of Kentucky, Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) anticipates adding a post-doctoral engineering/scientist position in the carbon capture/sequestration and energy areas.  The new position will be involved in studies related to electrochemical applications for the treatment of displaced brine originating from CO2 sequestration sites.

Newest Issue of Real TIme is Now Online

clock September 19, 2012 16:07 by author Marybeth McAlister

What's CAER's newest commercialized technology? See the latest online issue of Real Time.

UK CAER Lands in Applied Physics Letters Most Cited Category

clock September 19, 2012 11:34 by author Alice

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research Carbon Material's research group has made the top 50 most cited papers in Applied Physics Letters

As stated by the journal web site, "This collection represents the most highly cited papers ever published in Applied Physics Letters. These articles stand as a testament to the hard work and outstanding contributions of the authors to the applied physics field and to the scientific community at large."

Lead author Dali Qian along with other UK CAER scientists Rodney Andrews and Terry Rantell and former University of Kentucky scientist, now at NCSU (North Carolina State University) Elizabeth Dickey are pleased and delighted with the recognition.

The published paper is Load transfer and deformation mechanisms in carbon nanotube-polystyrene composites by D. Qian, E. C. Dickey, R. Andrews, and T. Rantell in Appl. Phys. Lett. 76, 2868 (2000).

DOE ARPA-E Program Director tours the UK CAER Labs

clock September 19, 2012 11:29 by author Alice

Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Associate Director (Mark Crocker, right) received a visit from DOE ARPA-E program director J. Burbaum (left). He toured the labs to learn more about CAER’s biofuels activities.

UK CAER Catalysis Publications in "Most Cited" Category

clock September 19, 2012 10:20 by author Alice

The Clean Fuels and Chemical Research Group at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research can lay claim to not one but two "most cited" papers in the area of applied catalysis research.

One of the most downloaded articles on the Applied Catalysis A web site is ... Fischer–Tropsch synthesis: Effect of Pd, Pt, Re, and Ru noble metal promoters on the activity and selectivity of a 25%Co/Al2O3 catalyst, by Wenping Ma, Gary Jacobs, Robert A. Keogh, Dragomir B. Bukur, and Burtron H. Davis. 

 An older publication from the Clean Fuels research group continues to be one of the most cited papers for the same journal ... Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: Temperature programmed EXAFS/XANES investigation of the influence of support type, cobalt loading, and noble metal promoter addition to the reduction behavior of cobalt oxide particles, vol 333, Issue 2, December 2007, Pages 177-191 by Jacobs, G., Ji, Y., Davis, B.H.,  Cronauer, D., Kropf, A.J., Marshall, C.L.