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.

Kentucky's Special Energy Subcommittee Meets and Tours CAER

clock October 30, 2012 15:05 by author Marybeth McAlister

UK President Eli Capilouto welcomed the Kentucky Special Energy Subcommittee to the Center for Applied Energy Research. The subcommittee held one of its regular meetings at the Center's new energy-efficient lab building and then toured the facility.



Chemistry Gets Fun

clock October 30, 2012 11:39 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

CAER graduate students Liz Ware-Harman  and Justin Mobley demonstrated experiments at the UK Chemistry Dept. during National Chemistry Week. They performed chemical and safety demonstrations for a large group of students from local schools.



UK Energy Club 101 Seminar

clock October 25, 2012 10:45 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

The UK Energy Club will be hosting its third Energy 101 Seminar of the semester this Thursday October 25th at 7:00pm in the Marksbury Theater.  The seminar will be given by Chris Reeves of CMTA.and will be speaking about energy efficient building designs and net zero buildings.

The Marksbury Theater is located at 329 Rose St. between Avenue of Champions and Maxwell St.  It is directly behind Qdoba.



Video Released on John Anthony's Research

clock October 23, 2012 14:04 by author Marybeth McAlister

UK Chemistry Professor, and CAER faculty associate's solar energy work is highlighted in a recent video.



CAER Now Has Large-Capacity Briquetter and Sample Preparation Equipment

clock October 23, 2012 12:57 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

The capabilities of the Engineered Fuels Group have recently expanded with the receipt of Komarek B-220 briquetter and 9 ft3 ribbon-paddle blender manufactured by Scott equipment.  The briquetter and blender combination significantly increases the CAER’s ability to provide services for our industrial partners by producing briquetted fuels in quantities sufficient for combustion tests.  To learn more about these capabilities, contact Dr. Darrell Taulbee at 859-257-0238; darrell.taulbee@uky.edu

 



Battery Center Toured by International Journalists

clock October 23, 2012 11:27 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

The Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center was toured recently by journalists. The Kentucky FAMiliarization Tour is sponsored by the Cabinet of Economic Development.  It is made up of professional writers from around the world who are interested in the automotive industry and related manufacturing.  They visited Kentucky as guests of Governor Beshear and toured the highlights of the state such as Ford, Toyota, UPS, and the Battery Center. The goal is to give them story information for future publications. 



Energy Coordinators Exhibit at Ky Academy of Sciences

clock October 22, 2012 15:37 by author Marybeth McAlister

UKCAER Regional Energy Coordinators Sarah Mardon and Greg Copley exhibited at the recent Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting.



Andrews Named 'Friend of College' of Design

clock October 22, 2012 09:12 by author Marybeth McAlister

The UK College of Design recently named @UKCAER Director Rodney Andrews this year's "Friend of the College." The award is given to someone who has partnered with the College to bring recognition and success.

Through his work at CAER, he has been instrumental in reviewing and promoting projects like the Houseboat for Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER), The Rivers Cities Project, The Paducah Studio, and the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.



Successful Gaffin Lecture at CAER

clock October 19, 2012 11:26 by author Marybeth McAlister

CAER Assoc. Dir. for Carbon Materials, Matt Weisenberger (left), and American Carbon Society Gaffin Lecturer, Julian Norley.

Julian Norley Corporate Fellow, GrafTech International Holdings Inc., lectured on its 125 years as a carbon and graphite materials science company. The talk took his audience from the early days of gaslight assistance through today's use of the company's products in smart phones.



CAER's Recent Workshop on CCBs a Success

clock October 19, 2012 08:26 by author Marybeth McAlister

Experts from around the world (and here at CAER) taught a two day short course on ash use and management. The attendees learned the most up to date news on beneficiation, ccbs in the construction environment, current regulatory issues, and much more.



Graffin Lecture: 19 Oct. 2012, 10-11a.m.

clock October 17, 2012 09:33 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

 

Abstract

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.

 

The Speaker

Based at GrafTech's Parma, Ohio headquarters and R&D center, Dr. Norley directs the company's Advanced Energy group, which works on materials for electronic thermal management, LED lighting, fuel cells and energy storage applications. His work on the development of natural graphite heat spreaders led to a new market for GrafTech in consumer electronic applications, including plasma display panels, laptop computers and a new generation of handheld devices and smart phones. Sales of natural graphite materials for these applications represent one of the most rapid R&D-to-commercialization successes in GrafTech's history. Dr. Norley and his group have received five R&D 100 awards: in 2003 for heat sinks; 2004 for SPREADERSHIELD™ heat spreaders; 2007 for GRAFCELL® Flow Field Plates; 2009 for GRAFIHX® Flexible Heat Exchangers and in 2011 for the SS1500 family of ultrathin flexible graphite materials for smart phone applications. His group has also won and executed over $20 million in U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense and Ohio Third Frontier grants in the areas of electronic thermal management, fuel cells, nanocomposites, heat exchangers and lithium ion batteries. Dr. Norley has presented at numerous conferences and workshops and has been published extensively in his field. He has been awarded 20 US patents with one hundred and twenty three published worldwide patents and applications. In 2005, he was named Senior Corporate Fellow, GrafTech's highest scientific position.

Dr Norley achieved his B.S. degree in Metallurgy from Imperial College, London, in 1980, and his Ph.D. degree in Metallurgy from the same University in 1985.

More information can be found at: http://www.americancarbonsociety.org/education.html



Energeia Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 3 Now Published

clock October 16, 2012 14:45 by author Alice

New Volume 23, issues 3 (2012): Energeia Newsletter now published, including  

 

  • Fracture Stimulation of Shale Gas Wells - Is it Dangerous?
  • Revealing New Energy in a New CAER Building
  • Commentary - What does the public think about energy, or does it?
  • Burt Davis receives ACS Award
  • Carbon Capture 101 Workshop - February 2013


Distinguished Japanese Scientists Tour CAER

clock October 15, 2012 14:17 by author Marybeth McAlister

CAER was visited by international academics recently. Professors from Akita University and Kyoto University saw the breadth of our research and discussed coal liquefaction with the lab's experts.



Transy's Health, Wellness and Eco Fair

clock October 15, 2012 12:37 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

CAER staff members participated in Transylvania University's Health, Wellness and Eco Fair on October 10. They spoke to faculty, staff and students about current CAER projects and research along with the exciting announcements surrounding the opening of the new CAER lab.



Power UP Kentucky Web Site is on UKNOW News

clock October 8, 2012 16:27 by author Alice

"Power UP" Provides Resources to Kentucky Teachers and Students - from UKNOW: The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (Vis Center) have worked together to develop an iPad app and website dedicated to energy education called "Power UP." The app and website are specifically designed for high school teachers throughout the Commonwealth to use in their curriculum, as well as to serve as a resource for students who want to learn more about energy usage.

 



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

Abstract

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.