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.

Governor Conference Attendees Tour UK CAER

clock October 16, 2014 09:55 by author Alice
The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research recently offered a tour to attendees from the 2014 Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment. CAER investigates energy technologies to improve the environment. Researchers contribute to technically sound policies related to fossil and renewable energy.

Tour participants learned about coal beneficiation, utilization and conversion process technologies; fuel use; coal combustion by-products; engineered fuels; derivation of high added-value materials and chemicals; and renewable energy such as biofuels and bioenergy, electrochemistry, solar energy and environmental remediation.



Members of Utilities Services Tour UK CAER

clock August 5, 2014 18:00 by author Alice


The East Kentucky Power Cooperative DSM steering committee met recently on the UK CAER energy campus and afterwards took a tour around the CAER energy labs including stops in the renewables building including the solar and biofuels research groups. Additionally they reviewed carbon materials lab; minerals/environmental lab; greenhouse; and the power generation unit . The DSM members include members in the distribution co-ops that deal directly with electric consumers.


KY Organic Electronic Materials Symposium is a Success!

clock July 11, 2014 16:01 by author Alice
The Kentucky Organic Electronic Materials Symposium - An Introduction to Materials and Applications was organized by Dr. John Anthony, long-time CAER faculty associate, and hosted at the UK CAER Spindletop facility, and was a definite hit among the symposium's 40+ attendees. The KY NSF-EPSCoR provided funding for the majority of the symposium costs and provided travel funds for attendees from EPSCoR states which helps to build future EPSCoR research collaborations.

Symposium Summary: Progress in the development of new functional organic materials has accelerated in recent years, leading to a host of design rules for a variety of applications that are not necessarily enumerated in current chemical literature. This Symposium is designed to introduce researchers from EPSCoR states to the latest in organic electronics materials design and characterization, as well as present the current state-of-the-art in the performance of polymeric, blended, and pure small-molecule semiconductors in applications such as photovoltaics, thin-film transistors, sensors and other applications. A corresponding poster session and ample discussion opportunities will help build links between EPSCoR researchers with complementary research interests.

More Symposium Information.


Editors of Nature Ask John Anthony to Highlight Progress in Organic Electronics

clock July 11, 2014 15:53 by author Alice
Nature, the prestigious international weekly journal of science, recently asked Dr. John Anthony, UK Professor with solar lab facilities located at the CAER, to "highlight" progress in organic electronics within a set of papers given at a recent Materials Research Society session. The article's title is "Organic electronics: Addressing challenges". A short blurb from the Nature website:

Although promising, the use of organic semiconductors has not yet revolutionized consumer electronics. Synthesis of high-performance materials, enhanced control of morphology and smart exploitation of unique photophysical phenomena are the way forward to overcome the technological hurdles of this field.

It is now available online.



John Anthony's Organic Letters Paper is an ACS Editors' Choice Selection

clock June 30, 2014 14:18 by author Alice
UK Professor John Anthony, a longtime CAER collaborator whose labs are located at the Center, has been selected to be featured in ACS Editors' Choice, in addition to be published in Organic Letters journal. The American Chemical Society's ACS Editors' Choice is a new initiative wherein, based on recommendations from Editors, one article from across the portfolio is selected each day of the year and upon publication is made immediately available as open access sponsored by ACS Publications. ACS Editors' Choice articles aim to exemplify the Society's commitment to improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

Dr. Anthony's manuscript is titled, "Synthesis and Optical Properties of Dioxolane-Functionalized Hexacenes and Heptacenes". Less than 1% of articles published in an ACS journal are selected for the ACS Editor's Choice.


UK Professor John Anthony Mentors Ky Senior to Intel Science Talent Search

clock January 30, 2014 13:25 by author Alice
From the Lexington-Herald Leader: Valerie Sarge, a senior at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, has been named one of the 300 semi-finalists in this year's Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. She was the only student chosen from Kentucky.

 

Valerie, whose topic was Synthesis of Benzodifuran Derivatives for Solar Cells, will receive a $1,000 award for her research. Dunbar also will receive $1,000 to further her education in science, math and engineering.

 

Forty finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for monetary awards.

 

John Anthony, University of Kentucky Hubbard Professor of Chemistry, Organic Synthesis and Materials Chemistry has been Valerie's mentor during her science project. Additionally Dr. Anthony was able to provide financial assistance for equipment and supplies to support Valerie's research from an Office of Naval Research grant.

 



UK Chemistry Professor John Anthony Hosts Meeting

clock November 22, 2013 13:44 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

CAER held the annual program review for the Office of Naval Research, Basic Research Challenge: Carbon Molecular Electronics project.  John Anthony, a longtime CAER collaborator whose labs are located at the Center, hosted and presented. The theme was the development of routes to well-defined and tunable graphene nanoriibbons for high-speed computing applications.  This basic research challenge offers no specific application, but a goal of determining if these ribbons can be made, and if so, what their properties are. 

Other speakers included Mike Crommie, Alex Zettl, Jeff Bokor and Felix Fischer (all faculty at U. C. Berkeley), Vincent Meunier from RPI, Roman Fasel from EMPA in Zürich, Hermann Sachdev from the Max Planck Instutute in Mainz, Selvam Subramaniyan (representing Prof. Sam Jenekhe) and Francois Baynex from U. Washington, Alon Gorodetsky from U.C. Irvine, Paul Sheehan from Naval Research Laboratories, and Chagaan Baatar and Paul Armistead from the Office of Naval Research. 



John Anthony is Featured in Videos for Science Works for U.S.

clock March 10, 2013 19:02 by author 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 -

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Dr. Anthony's solar group laboratories are housed in the UK CAER Lab 2 Renewables Building.



UK CAER Scientists Present at First-Ever SEC Symposium

clock February 4, 2013 15:30 by author 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.



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.