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.

UKNOW's CAER 101 Article and UK REVEAL Video

clock June 4, 2014 15:18 by author Alice
UK Scientists Energize Lessons for Local Fourth Graders - UKNow Campus Article - The "CAER 101" education program, which UK's Center for Applied Energy Research started 12 years ago in partnership with Russell Cave Elementary School, was expanded this year to include Liberty and Yates elementary schools as well. More ...

 

UK CAER Scientists making their contribution to the education mission of the University of Kentucky includes Jack Groppo, Ashley Morris, Mike Wilson, Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez, Robby Pace, Anne Oberlink, Bob Jewell, Lisa Richburg, and Andy Placido. They developed a dynamic education program for the 4th graders at three Lexington local elementary schools. The scientists along with Marybeth McAlister (and later Alice Marksberry) worked with the scientists and teachers in developing the education modules and spending time with those inquiring young minds.

 

Marybeth, the CAER communications manager, developed the initial educational outreach program efforts over 10 years ago at the Russell Cave School. In January 2014, she died unexpectedly and the CAER and FCPS teachers have continued with the project in part as a tribute to her.

 



CAER 101 Project Brings Scientists into the Classroom

clock April 7, 2014 18:39 by author 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


25 Elementary School Science Teachers Learn from CAER Science Lab Tour

clock November 17, 2013 20:16 by author Marybeth McAlister

For several years CAER havs been part of KYNEED's bigger area tour for science teachers. The two day travels include power plants, mines, Locust Trace Elementary, etc.  The group gets a close up view and explanation of carbon dioxide capture, biofuel energy, and how coal ash can be recycled into useable products instead of land filled at CAER. 



Girls Learn from Female Mentors

clock June 12, 2013 11:06 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

CAER researchers Anne Oberlink and Liz Harman-Ware reached out to high school girls at the EKU Girls’ STEM Day recently. The scientists were accompanied by two high girls who recently toured CAER. STEM practitioners and educators led girls through activities that mirror real-world STEM tasks and highlight creative and innovative problem solving.  Anne and Liz exhibited and served as mentors.

Anne (left) and Liz



CAER Renewable Energy Building Contractor Receives Award

clock April 8, 2013 11:36 by author Marybeth McAlister

 Turner Construction Company, a general contractor firm based in Lexington, was recognized for its construction manager involvement with the UK Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) Renwable Energy Research Lab. The construction of the new 43,000 square foot, high-performance laboratory will lower operation costs of CAER, while increasing education about the numerous energy technologies implemented in the building.



High School Students' CAER-mentored Projects Win at Recent Science Fairs

clock April 8, 2013 11:11 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

Four local high school students who were mentored by University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research scientists have proved experience gain by working in laboratories with mentors is invaluable.

Valerie Sarge, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, placed first in the Energy and Transportation category at the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair, going on to win first place in the same category at the state competition. This qualifies her to go on to Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held in Phoenix. Valerie was mentored by Chemistry Professor/CAER Faculty Associate, John Anthony. In her work with the solar energy group she is using organic compounds called furan-based materials. These can be derived from agricultural waste products to create new semiconductors for use in low-cost solar cells. She is has been working on synthesis, but may soon move toward creating solar cells.

Will Kimmerer, a ninth grader at Sayre School, won top awards at the regional and state fairs in the Environmental Science category, including second in the Physical Sciences category. Kimmerer is interested in water purification and obtained carbon material samples for use in his project from CAER working closely with Director Rodney Andrews during the project. He was selected for the I-SWEEP 2013 conference (International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project) in Houston, where he will present his work. Additionally, he was selected for the Stockholm Junior Water Award.

Additionally, two Dunbar CAER interns placed well at the regional level and went on to compete at the state competition. Rohin Lohe placed first in the "Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering" category, and went on to place third at the state competition. Lohe will compete at the Kentucky Junior Academy of Sciences on April 27th. John Luan also won in the “Energy and Transportation” category at regionals.

Matt Weisenberger, Associate Director for Carbon Materials, is mentoring Lohe with a project titled "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." Lohe has been conducting his research at the UK CAER laboratory facilities and working directly with the Carbon Materials Research staff in completing the tests.

Finally, Lohe’s project included part of the expertise gained while working with CAER’s Electrochemical Power Sources group under the direction of Associate Director Steve Lipka.  John is working on a project entitled “Carbon-based Capacitive Thin Films for AC Line Filtering” in which the goal is to demonstrate whether carbon-based supercapacitors can be used as a lower-cost, more-dependable replacement for traditional electrolytic capacitors in electronic devices.  



UK CAER Assists Local High School Student Win Top Awards at Science Fair

clock March 11, 2013 10:13 by author 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.



Science Fair Results - CAER High School Intern Places First in Regional Science Fair

clock March 10, 2013 18:50 by author 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.



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.



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



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



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.



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).