June 4, 2014 13:37 by Alice
New staffers at DEDI (Department for Energy Development and Independence, part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet) toured various UK CAER science areas to better understand the various types of research activities that occur at the energy center. In addition to an introduction by Dr. Rodney Andrews, CAER Director, the renewables lab included the building's green characteristics as well as solar, elecrochemical power sources and biofuels research areas. Also included on the tour was the petrology lab, clean fuels and chemicals lab, power generation lab demo, briquetting, algae greenhouse, carbon materials and minerals research labs.
June 4, 2014 13:32 by Alice
Individuals from the Kentucky Manufacturing Association toured CAER labs recently to help develop potential partnerships between Kentucky's manufacturing industry and UK CAER.
June 4, 2014 13:25 by Alice
Milton Huffaker, a 1957 UK Physics alumni toured UK CAER during a visit to the University of Kentucky campus to view and discuss various entrepreneur projects, which is the focus of his company, Coherent Investments. Mr. Huffaker toured various research areas at CAER including carbon materials, F-T, minerals, biofuels, batteries and algae.
June 4, 2014 11:32 by Alice
Dr. Uschi Graham, UK CAER Research Scientist, has been asked to join the organizing committee of the 24th North American Catalysis Society. The 24th NAM conference will be held in Pittsburg, PA from June 14-19, 2015 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
June 4, 2014 11:01 by Alice
Dr. Burtron Davis, UK CAER Clean Fuels and Chemicals Associate Director, is the has received the 2014 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in Advancement of Catalysis.
The following is taken from the NACS Press Release (nacatsoc.org/category/news/): The Award is presented every two years to recognize an individual who has advanced catalytic chemistry or engineering through both significant service to the catalysis community and outstanding technical accomplishments. This award includes an honorarium ($5,000) and a plaque. It is awarded by the North American Catalysis Society and sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering and Clariant and will be presented during the 2015 NAM in Pittsburgh
Dr. Davis is being recognized in particular for his contribution to industrial research problems with a detailed understanding of catalytic transformations. His work in isotopic labeling studies has helped obtain in depth knowledge of reaction pathways of industrially relevant processes and probing catalytic mechanisms. Specifically, Dr. Davis has focused on Fischer-Tropsch reaction mechanisms and catalytic transformations using cobalt, iron and ruthenium-based catalysts researching fundamental questions with industry relevance. During his five decade career, Dr. Davis has co-authored more than 500 peer reviewed publications and organized numerous symposia in various areas of catalysis that honored renowned petroleum chemists including Paul H. Emmett, W. Keith Hall, Robert Eischens and John Sinfelt among many others.
In service to the catalysis community, Dr. Davis has served the North American Catalysis Society in various capacities including organizing the 12th NAM in Lexington and serving as the Honorary Chair of the 23rd NAM in Louisville. For the past three decades Dr. Davis has functioned as a historian of the NACS and the catalysis community. His foresight, dedication and efforts to archive and record the history of the society and catalytic science has led to an unprecedented NACS hosted collection of more than 1300 videos of conference presentations and one on one interviews. He has captured the voices, images and messages of many of the greats in catalysis including Professors Paul Emmett, Ed Teller, Geoff Wilkinson, Robert Burwell, Daniel Eley, Michel Boudart, Mark Dry, and Hermann Pines just to name but a few. This collection stands as a testament to the dedication of Burt Davis to the preservation of the history of catalysis for generations to come.
June 4, 2014 10:35 by Alice
CAER reseachers Andy Placido and Stephaine Kesner recently spent time at the Deep Springs Elementary school to bring one of the CAER 101 modules - Using Motors to Make Electricity - to the students during their review day prior to testing. Demonstration of mini-wind turbine was used to show when blades spin, an LED bulb is lit. Changing speeds of the fan at a set distance shows how this can change energy production.
May 12, 2014 16:06 by Alice
Ms. Tristana Duvallet, a recent UK CAER graduate student, earned her Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from the UK Engineering College. Her dissertation was "Influence of Ferrite Phase in Alite-Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cements".
Tristana is now a Post Doctoral Scholar at CAER and is continuing her work in sulfoaluminate cements in the Environmental and Coal Technologies research group.
Tristana is one of the CAER's former ESIREM Exchange Program students. In 2008, she finished her materials engineering degree by doing senior experimental work at UK CAER and then returned to France to present her work before faculty members.
The Center has hosted materials engineering students from the University of Burgundy's ESIREM program in Dijon, France since 1999. This is part of a larger university-wide partnering program with the French school that includes UK's Colleges of Agriculture and Business.
May 12, 2014 15:53 by Alice
Dr. Uschi Graham, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, recently attended the International Nanotechnology Congress, held April 23-36, 2014 in Antalya, Turkey. She presented one of the plenary lectures at the Congress that was entitled “In vivo processing of ceria nanoparticles: Impact on free radical scavenging activity and oxidative stress.” Ceria is an important industrial catalyst material used in fuel synthesis applications and is extensively studied in the Clean Fuels and Chemicals Group at the CAER.
The Nanotox2014 Congress continues the series of international conventions on nanotoxicology that so far has included meetings in Miami (2006), Zurich (2008), Edinburgh (2010) and Beijing (2012). The focus of these meetings is on outcomes of interactions between engineered nanomaterials and biological systems. The Congress in Antalya had participants from 42 countries representing Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa.
May 6, 2014 15:32 by Alice
EUOGS will address a broad range of upstream and downstream issues related to energy production from emerging resources. The Kentucky Geological Survey and Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky are joining together to initiate an annual Eastern Unconventional Oil & Gas Symposium to be held November 5-7, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. It will rely on expertise from a number of disciplines including horizontal drilling, fracture stimulation, regulations, water issues, pipelines, induced seismicity, geology, regulated utilities, natural gas vehicles, sustainability, environmental impacts, and other focus areas. Target audience includes the oil and gas producing areas of the states in the northeast comprising the Appalachian, Illinois, and Michigan Basins.
More information can be found on the EUOGS Website - www.euogs.org
May 6, 2014 15:11 by Alice
CAER in conjunction with the American Coal Ash Association, co-hosted and CAER organized the 2014 Coal Combustion Products Utilization and Management workshop held in Lexington, Kentucky on April 29-30, 2014. The workshop offered a comprehensive overview of the CCP industry from the point of generation to inclusion in buildings, agriculture, infrastructure, and environmental remediation projects. The workshop was attended by 60 individuals from across the US and the instructors hailed from both industry and academia.
May 6, 2014 15:05 by Alice
A student with the CAER Power Generation research group recently participated in the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) that took place on the UK campus during April 2014. Patrick Mansfield, UK Chemical Engineering undergraduate, presented a poster dealing with carbon fibers reinforced polymer composite multiwall carbon nanotubes studded carbon fibers. Nearly 4,000 students and mentors across the US presented their research and creative endeavors.
April 15, 2014 10:42 by Alice
Today's UKNOW reports on "UK, Energy Cabinet Forecast Kentucky's Energy Future" - A team of students and researchers from the University of Kentucky Department of Statistics and the UK Center for Applied Energy Research worked last summer with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to evaluate energy and environmental policy under a range of potential carbon dioxide regulatory scenarios. More...
The UK team included several students,Department of Statistics Professor Arne Bathke, and department Chair Arnold Stromberg. From CAER, Shiela Medina served in leadership role for the project team.
April 11, 2014 15:42 by Alice
CAER field representative Greg Copley visited the CEDAR coal fair and photographed the displays from the Science and Math categories. The 2014 Coal Education Development and Resource (CEDAR) Coal Fair was held April 8-11 at the University of Pikeville. Eastern Kentucky students (grades are K-4, 5-8, 9-12.) competed with posters and model displays of the coal industry to demonstrate how science and math are applied in real world situations which included:
- how coal is used to create electricity,
- how much coal a household uses,
- how mining provides economic opportunities
- how coal can clean water.
April 9, 2014 11:02 by Alice
Christine Brandewie, a high school senior from Dunbar, worked on her senior project with the UK CAER Power Generation research group and recently used that research in a science fair entry titled: Catalysts to Decrease the Cost of Carbon Capture
She recently placed second in the Chemistry division at the District Level on February 8th. She moves onto the next level, Regionals, this spring.
April 7, 2014 18:39 by Alice
The CAER 101 project is bringing together scientists and children in a classroom setting. The scientists create lessons for 4th and 5th graders which allows the students have fun while learning sound energy science concepts in hands-on demos and lessons.
Tammy Lane, web editor from the Fayette County Public School System, does a great job of explaining the concept in an article posted today, April 7, 2014 on the FCPS web site:
- CAER 101 pairs scientists, fourth-graders in mutual exchange
April 2, 2014 09:45 by Alice
UK CAER Staff "gave it a shot" during a fire extinguisher training set up by UK CAER Safety Officer, Ruthann Chaplin. The UK Fire Marshall gave a short presentation and then would set a controlled fire so that each CAER staff member had the opportunity to use an extinguisher to practice putting out the flames.
March 12, 2014 10:10 by Alice
A special issue of the journal, Topics in Catalysis, has been published by Springer publisher. The issue includes a collection of papers authored by many of the speakers who attended a three-day awards symposium to honor Burtron H. Davis at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring National Meeting in New Orleans on April 8-10, 2013. Additionally, other authors who were unable to attend, but wanted to make a contribution are included.
"The presentations reflected an array of catalytic reactions for a wide range of energy applications ranging from traditional reactions in petroleum refining to alternative fuels research (including Fischer–Tropsch synthesis, methanol synthesis, hydrogen production and storage, and the upgrading of chemicals derived from biorenewable resources) to catalytic applications in rocket propulsion. The scope of the presentations and discussions reflects the far-reaching impact that Burt Davis has had on the catalysis and fuels research community".
Guest editors, Uschi Graham and Gary Jacobs, two scientists that work with Dr. Davis from the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research Clean Fuels & Chemicals research group, wrote the foreword for this special issue
Dr. Davis, Associate Director of the CFC group at the UK CAER, is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 American Chemical Society’s Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry.
March 12, 2014 09:45 by Alice
A group from the LG&E/KU Consumer Advisory Panel toured UK CAER labs in order to view the work conducted that positively influences the future success of the electric utilities industry. Stops included CO2 Capture Process; Algae/biofuels CO2 capture project; battery storage/energy; solar research; carbon and coal combustion by-products materials research, as well as catalysis synthetic gas process research.
March 12, 2014 09:35 by Alice
The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) will host a workshop on coal ash utilization in Lexington, KY. The workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of coal combustion products (CCP) from the point of generation to inclusion in buildings, agriculture, infrastructure, and environmental remediation projects. The event is targeted at those who wish to increase their knowledge of the materials and the opportunities for recycling. Generators, marketers, consultants, public officials and students will find this workshop valuable in understanding the scope of CCP use and issues related recycling.
Date: April 29-30, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.
- Dry FGD Systems and Products - Anne Oberlink, UK CAER
- Wet FGD Systems – Gypsum Characteristics and Uses - Lamar Larrimore, Southern Company
- Recovered Ash - Tom Robl, UK CAER
- Geopolymers - Stephen Bryan, Ecocem Materials
- CCPs and Sustainability - LEED - Lionel Lemay, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
- Testing Methods - LEAF - John Daniels, UNC Charlotte
- Ash Regulations - Tom Adams, American Coal Ash Association
- CCP Recycling Challenges - Lisa Bradley, AECOM
- Fly Ash Basics - Bob Jewell, UK CAER
- Fly Ash Characterization and Mineralogy - Bob Rathbone, Boral
- Fly Ash Uses and Applications - Jack Groppo, UK CAER
- Ponds Management, Conversion and Abandonment - Gary Brendel, GAI Consultants
February 26, 2014 17:01 by Alice
CAER was one of many exhibitor participants at the 2014 University of Kentucky's Engineering Day event held on the UK Campus on February 22nd.
Jack Groppo, a long-time CAER engineer, interacted with a lot of youngsters, even high school students hailing all the way from Harlan, Kentucky. The CAER and the UK Energy Club teamed together to use a bicycle to demonstrate energy conservation. Each child could ride the bike and see how much work it took to light up different types of light bulbs.
The CAER supports STEM educational outreach in many ways, including the CAER101 project - a "scientists in the classroom" approach using hands-on demos that support 4th grade curriculum.