July 29, 2013 09:01 by Alice
Trent Garrison has been busy this summer!
He was recently named the 2013 recipient of The Society for Organic Petrology's Spackman Research Grant. Trent will officially receive the $1000 award at the time of TSOP's annual meeting in Sosnowiec, Poland. This award will be used for his field expenses while doing his research on coal mine fires in eastern Kentucky. Trent is a PhD student in the University of Kentucky's Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, working under the direction of Jim Hower of the CAER.
July 25, 2013 14:58 by Alice
Trent Garrison, a PhD student in the University of Kentucky Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES) under the direction of Jim Hower, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Bernadine Meyer Memorial Scholarship from the Kentucky Society of Natural History. This will help to support his research on emissions from coal fires.
As a requirement of the scholarship, Trent will make a presentation at a meeting of the society. Trent has been a part-time employee in the Applied Petrology Laboratory since January 2012 and also has been teaching introductory geology classes at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and at Eastern Kentucky University. In the 2013-2014 academic year, he will be a teaching assistant in EES.
July 25, 2013 11:18 by Alice
Real Time is now available!
May-June 2013 Newsletter from the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Feature: Record Breaking North American Catalysis Society Conference co-organized by UK CAER Researchers. Burt Davis receives a NACS award.
Highlights: CAER's renewable energy laboratory building has saved approximately $147,000 per year in utility savings; CRN and CEATI have annual meeting at UK CAER; Russell Cave students enjoy tour at UK CAER; Researches reach out during recent STEM Girl's day at EKU; Steven Lipka is early grantee of announced UK-GE master agreement; UK CAER presents award to John Moffett for CAER Distinguished Service Award; and much more!
July 17, 2013 16:12 by Alice
Energeia 2013 Issue 24-2 includes:
- The Founders and Innovators of Catalysis Science - Paul Emmett, Edward Teller, Geoffrey Wilkinson, Edith Marie Flanigen, Gabor Somorjai, Gehard Ertl, Keith Hall, Robert Grubbs by Burt Davis
- WOCA 2013
- CAER Expands Briquetting and Binder Development
- Commentary - Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky Requires Integration of Energy Resources by Roger Ford
- CAER Spring Filled with Student Tours
May 21, 2013 13:33 by Alice
UKNOW Story on Fourth-Graders Get hands-on Science at CAER.
This is the 10th year of the partnership between Russell Cave Elementary School and the UK CAER.
March 18, 2013 17:14 by Alice
New Position for a Post Doc Scientist now advertised from the Power Generation Research Group at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.
March 11, 2013 10:13 by Alice
Will Kimmerer, a Lexington high school student, won top awards at a recent regional science fair held in Lexington, Kentucky. Will secured carbon material samples for use in his project from University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research and worked closely with CAER Director, Dr. Rodney Andrews, during the project's progression.
At the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair held March 2, 2013, Will was awarded the top prize in the high school Environmental Science category. He was selected for the I-SWEEP 2013 conference (International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project). He will present his work in Houston in May 2013.
Additionally Will was selected for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. He will compete at the state science fair against seven other Stockholm winners for a chance to present at a conference in Chicago in June 2013. And finally, he will advance to compete at the State Science and Engineering Fair.
March 10, 2013 19:09 by Alice
UK NOW recent story indicates that twenty recent college graduates from across the globe currently are taking part in the inaugural Alltech Graduate Academy, and four of the participants are Kentuckians, including two who are alumni of the University of Kentucky.
One of the recent UK college graduates that was chosen as part of an elite class of emerging leaders in global agribusiness is Daniel Grubb. Daniel, a chemistry major and physics minor at Georgetown College, worked at UK's Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) for three years, helping to devise ways to convert algae into biodiesel using various metal-supported catalysts.
Grubb said, "I learned to manage multiple projects at the same time while at Georgetown, then the opportunity to work alongside people from all over the world at CAER was a tremendous experience."
Read the entire story at UK Now Site: UK, Kentucky Connections Abound in Alltech Program
March 10, 2013 19:02 by Alice
UK Now Story about training the next generation of highly skilled professors and industrial scientists include UK Chemistry Professor John Anthony in the story. He joined other academics across the country who made videos for Science Works for U.S., a website of the Association of American Universities, the Science Coalition and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
More about the story can be found at UK Now Site - UK Researchers Speak Out: Sequester Will Squelch Scientists-in-Training
Dr. Anthony's solar group laboratories are housed in the UK CAER Lab 2 Renewables Building.
March 10, 2013 18:50 by Alice
Rohin Lohe, a high school student from Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky recently competed and placed 1st out of six different projects in the "Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering" category at the Central Regional Science Fair on March 2, 2013. The top two projects qualify for state, so Rohin will be competing again on March 30th. The top 3 overall projects at state will get an all-expense paid trip to the Intel-ISEF science fair.
UK CAER Associate Director in Carbon Materials, Dr. Matt Weisenberger, is mentoring Rohin with a project entitled "Finite Element Analysis of Heat Conduction through Interfaces: Modeling and Experimental Verification with Stainless Steel, Copper, and Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Arrays as Thermal Interface Materials".
Rohin has been conducting his research at the UK CAER laboratory facilities and working directly with the Carbon Materials Research staff in completing the tests. Dr. Weisenberger and the CAER research staff send congratulations to Rohin. We are happy that such mentoring programs help young students be prepared for a potential career path in the science, materials and engineering fields.
March 1, 2013 16:11 by Alice
The 2013 BAE Mid-West Regional Rally - attended by various BAE student branches from such states as Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and others - toured the UK CAER facilities and met with research scientists on March 1, 2013. They spoke with Rodney Andrews, UK CAER Director and then toured the new CAER Lab #2 Renewables Building. They spoke with scientists from the Biofuels research area as well as a tour of the CAER Greenhouse. They also toured the Minerals Processing and Carbon SpinLine Buildings and finished with a tour of the Power Generation lab.
The Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Mid-West Rally is held each year in a different state to promote networking by holding meetings and tours to allow the students to learn about various engineering-related activities in the host state. UK BAE Professor, Dr. Czarena Crofcheck, organized the tour.
February 19, 2013 14:11 by Alice
Dr. Jennifer O’Keefe of Morehead State University was just awarded an NSF EPSCoR Regional Research Enhancement Grant (R-REG). Dr. O'Keefe is a collaborating researcher with Dr. James Hower, in the UK CAER Petrology Laboratory.
The grant will provide summer support for EES grad student Michelle Johnston, who also works at the UK CAER Petrology Lab. In addition to Dr. O'Keefe mentoring Michelle; Michelle will, in turn, be helping to mentor two of Jennifer’s female undergrad students.
The project will study the development of ancient organic sediments through palynology/mycology, organic petrography, geochemistry, and stratigraphic relationships, allowing them to explore past climate systems and predict future events. Beyond characterizing past and predicting future climate systems, they will explore small-scale (and sometimes large scale) perturbations of the carbon cycle through the interactions of plants with their decomposers.
February 19, 2013 14:06 by Alice
Three-dimensional models created at the University of Kentucky showing groundwater cleanup progress at a Department of Energy (DOE) Paducah site, home to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, are on display at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.
The exhibit of models and informational posters is designed to help people understand the difficulty and complexity of groundwater cleanup, said Steve Hampson, associate director of the Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and Environment at the UK Center for Applied Energy Research. His group has done extensive work to support expeditious, cost-efficient, technically effective cleanup of the Paducah site in west McCracken County.
February 19, 2013 14:02 by Alice
John Luan, a Dunbar High School student, who is interning with the Electrochemical and Power Systems UK CAER Research group, recently won at a local science fair in the Energy and Transportation category. He will advance to the next level of competition. John's project included part of his expertise earned while working in the Electochemistry research group.
February 19, 2013 13:56 by Alice
A group of about dozen college students interested in algae and biofuels research toured the UK CAER Lab 2 Renewables Building and the CAER Greenhouse that houses the center's CO2 algae project. The students, from Lindsy Wilson College, interacted with energy researchers as well as touring the University's newest renewables research laboratory that features state-of-the-art energy saving techniques and processes.
February 8, 2013 09:39 by Alice
The workshop offered informative technical presentations that provided an overview of carbon capture technologies and recent research progress allowing attendees to become more informed in carbon management issues and recent technical advances. The speakers included:
- Abhoyjit Bhown from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
- Gary Rochelle from University of Texas
- Stan Lam from Koch Modular Process Systems
- Jim Neathery from UK CAER
- Kunlei Liu from UK CAER
- Joe Remias from UK CAER
February 7, 2013 17:37 by Alice
Members from the University of Kentucky College of Design Studio toured the UK Center for Applied Energy Research facilities (February 2, 2013). The group toured CAER Lab #2 Renewable Building as well as visiting the Algae Greenhouse and Minerals Processing Laboratory. CAER researchers spoke to the group at each stop, giving them a brief overview and primer of the energy research that is currently being done in that specific location.
February 4, 2013 15:30 by Alice
Three University of Kentucky faculty members will present at the first-ever Southeastern Conference Symposium which will be held in Atlanta February 10-14, 2013.
John Anthony, UK's Gill Professor of Chemistry will present at a session about advanced materials for energy applications Dr. Anthony's laboratories are housed at the UK Center for Applied Energy Research Lab #2 Renewable Energy building.
Mark Crocker, associate director of UK CAER's Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis research group and Dr. Burt Davis, associate director of UK CAER's Clean Fuels and Chemicals research group will also present at the SEC Conference.Dr. Crocker will speak in a session about technologies for producing biopower, biofuels and biomaterials. Dr. Davis will present in an energy advances in transportation sector session.
More information can be found in UK's UK NOW news article.
February 1, 2013 15:52 by Alice
The city of Somerset has recently installed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling capabilities. Currently CNG prices range from $1.50 to $2.00 gasoline gallon equivalent. This will result in considerable cost savings for the city. The facility is located at the city’s refueling station on Chapel Dairy Road. The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research's Eastern Kentucky regional representative, Greg Copley, was on hand to observe a CNG powered Freightliner dump truck being refueled.
The dedicated fuel truck was in route from South Carolina to a truck show in Peoria, Illinois when the driver determined he needed to fuel up before making it to Louisville. He contacted the Somerset facility manager who agreed to sell enough CNG for the truck to get to Louisville.
One noticeable attribute of this type of vehicle is the lack of noise from the engine as it started and drove down the road. According to the driver, the truck has an automatic transmission and the truck seemed to handle hills well. Since this was the driver’s first experience driving this vehicle, its performance is still unknown at this point. There are four CNG tanks that can be operated separately or together to run the vehicle.
January 17, 2013 16:39 by Alice
Several students from the Montessori Middle School of Kentucky toured the UK CAER Greenhouse Laboratory. This Montessori School is currently studying energy conservation and biofuels, specifically in the area of CO2 mitigation and control.
The UK CAER greenhouse lab houses research concerning the utilization of waste CO2 and heat from a coal-fired power plant to cultivate algae, which could then be processed into fuel and other products. One of the major focuses of this research is to determine the most economically-favorable strategy regarding the production of biofuels or bioproducts from algae. Additionally lowering CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants is also a top priority.