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.

College of Design Architecture Students Tour UK CAER

clock February 17, 2014 17:31 by author Alice

Approximately 60 students from the UK College of Design's Structural and Materials Concepts in Architecture class (Professor Martin Summers) toured the various research areas at the CAER on February 13, 2014. The students reviewed various material's related stops as well as hearing about the UK CAER Laboratory #2 Energy Efficient research building.

The tour stops included:

  • Dr. John Anthony's solar labs which develop functional materials for electronic and optical applications in organic thin-film transistors (for flexible flat-panel displays), organic solar cells (for low-cost generation of electricity) and organic light-emitting diodes (for high-efficiency lighting);
  • UK CAER Biofuels research which strives to reduce environmental impacts of fuel use and to develop renewable fuel sources;
  • UK CAER ECT research, specially potential building materials created from coal combustion by-products;
  • UK CAER Carbon Materials research, another area of materials development from high value carbon from Kentucky's fossil resources (nanotubes, carbon fibers, etc);
  • Algae Greenhouse project which works to capture CO2 from a coal-fired plant by the cultivation of algae (which can be converted into fuel products).


UK College of Design Senior Project at UK CAER

clock February 17, 2014 17:25 by author Alice
UK CAER is working with a UK College of Design student to create educational stations for use at various research site locations through the CAER campus. Jessica Neiser, a UK CoD interiors student, will be conducting her senior thesis project by designing a "system" that can be followed to develop these potential educational materials or "stops" throughout the center.


UK CAER Begins Work on the Local Government Energy Retrofit Program

clock February 17, 2014 17:21 by author Alice

The UK CAER recently received a Local Government Energy Retrofit Program grant. The scope is to work with local governments around the state to help them through the process of contracting with Energy Service Contractors to improve the efficiency of their facilities. Greg Copley is the contact person for this service.



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.

 



Centre College Freshman Students Tour UK CAER

clock January 29, 2014 09:24 by author Alice

A group of Centre College freshman and their professor, Marie Nydam, recently toured the UK Center laboratories. Their course is on the effects of coal mining and the students are always interested in solutions to the environmental and economic problems they see as they tour Eastern Kentucky. Ms. Nydam felt that CAER would be a great place to visit to see research being completed so that it may become the basis of future solutions.

The students toured the coal combustion research lab; saw a briqetting demo; heard details about coal mine fires; talked with researchers about CO2 capture; learned a great deal about biofuels potential; heard a discussion about energy storage options and toured the CAER's energy efficient laboratory.



New Engineer Technician Position Available from UK CAER

clock January 24, 2014 11:06 by author Alice
The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research is seeking an individual for a full-time Engineer Technician Associate position. The candidate will be involved in various aspects of the Battery Center research including design, construction, assembly, installation, operation, calibration, testing, modification, and maintenance of equipment and analytical apparatus and staying up to date on appropriate use of tools, instruments, computer analytical apparatus, and other battery related technologies.

 



Tribute to Marybeth McAlister, Long-time CAER Employee

clock January 24, 2014 11:01 by author Alice
  Marybeth McAlister, longtime Communications Manager at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), died of complications of influenza and pneumonia on January 8, 2014, at the UK Medical Center. She was 53.

 

In December 2012, Marybeth had a cord blood stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to counter her chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Within six months she was cancer free.

 

Darrell Taulbee, Industrial Support Coordinator/Senior Scientist at CAER and one of Marybeth's close friends, said, "There are so many superlatives that describe Marybeth. If I were forced to choose just one ...Read the full Tribute


UK CAER Seed Grant Program is a Success

clock January 24, 2014 10:52 by author Alice
UK CAER staff gathered over coffee to review posters given by four young scientists that received new "seed" grant funding during 2013, the initial year that CAER began an internal seed grant program. This program was established to bridge the divide between internal creative ideas and large government grants and/or industrial funding, with the objective being to develop a process of converting new research concepts into competitive proposals.

 



CAER Scientists Judge Local School Science Fair

clock January 24, 2014 10:11 by author Alice
The Sixth Annual Liberty Elementary Science Fair was held on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. Several UK CAER scientists and engineers helped to judge the children's science experiments. This gives the students a real-world audience and adds a touch of interest to their projects.

 



Recent Certified Safety and Health Specialist Graduate

clock January 24, 2014 09:05 by author Alice
Congratulations to Ruthann Chaplin for her recent completion of EKU's Certified Safety and Health Specialist Certificate Program. Ruthann finished the certification program with 152 hours after completing OSHA 501, Trainer Course for General Industry, on December 6, 2013. More...


UK College of Design Tours the UK CAER Energy Center

clock January 13, 2014 17:12 by author Alice
Several of the University of Kentucky College of Design faculty members toured the UK CAER energy complex on January 10, 2014. The group toured the biofuels, electrochemical, minerals, carbon materials labs and the algae greenhouse.

 



EEC has Issued an Economic Challenges Facing Ky Electricity Generation Report

clock January 13, 2014 16:46 by author Alice

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has published a paper - Economic Challenges Facing Kentucky's Electricity Generation Under Greenhouse Gas Constraints. This paper presents the results of an electricity generation dispatch model that was added to EEC's existing energy forecasting tools. The study began prior to President Obama's June 2013 announcement of his Climate Action Plan.

This paper reinforces the position that Kentucky's manufacturing economy is particularly vulnerable to energy sector dynamics. The paper urged the EPA to consider for Kentucky and other manufacturing states the substantial impacts of rigid standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. You may read/down the article from this URL: https://stat.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/EEC_Model_Report.pdf.



Great Graphic Showing Forecasting of Natural Gas Prices

clock December 19, 2013 11:22 by author Marybeth McAlister

Forecasting #naturalgas prices has been notoriously difficult to do. @EIAgov #AEO2014 #natgas #energy #Kentucky pic.twitter.com/MQuPq1IMCA



New Job Annoucement from UK CAER Power Generation Research Group

clock December 17, 2013 15:39 by author Alice

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research seeks a Pilot-Scale CO2 Capture Process Operations Team Member. This position will include hands-on operation of a 0.1 MWth scale CO2 capture process located at UKy-CAER and will require lifting and climbing ladders. There may be opportunity for contribution to the preparation of scholarly reports, manuscripts, articles, and proposal submissions. For more information please visit the UK CAER website.



Visiting Scientist from China to Spend Year at CAER

clock December 6, 2013 11:08 by author Marybeth McAlister

 Please welcome Shuli Bai to Mark Crocker’s group. He is a visiting scientist in environmental engineering from Taizhou College in China, who received his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Science.



Congratulations to Liz Ware for Receiving Ph.D.

clock December 5, 2013 13:20 by author Marybeth McAlister

Liz Ware passed her doctoral defense on November 18th. Her dissertation is titled "Application of Pyrolysis-GC/MS to the Study of Biomass and Biomass Constituents." Her advisor is CAER Associate Director, Mark Crocker and co-advisor is Dr. John Selegue, UK Dept. of Chemistry. Liz began working at the CAER in Spring of 2009 and officially joined the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis group as a graduate student in Jan. 2010. She has been offered a post-doctoral position at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and will be moving to the Denver Area soon to start her new job, where she will be working on biomass cell wall analysis.



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. 



Algae for Carbon Dioxide Capture at Power Plants used by Duke Energy

clock November 19, 2013 11:09 by author Marybeth McAlister

Researchers from the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) are demonstrating a system that uses algae to absorb carbon dioxide emissions at Duke Energy's East Bend power station in Northern Kentucky. Go to: http://uknow.uky.edu/content/caer-scientists-duke-energy-demonstrate-algae-based-carbon-capture-system

(from left) Mark Crocker, Stephanie Graham, Mike Wilson, and Jack Groppo



Congratulations to Darrell Taulbee - IBA Incoming President

clock November 18, 2013 13:36 by author Marybeth McAlister

Longtime CAER researcher, Darrell Taulbee, was recently named the incoming President to the Institute for Briquetting and Agglomeration at the 33rd biennial conference in San Francisco, CA. He has been involved in the organization for the past decade, vice president and a member of the  board of directors. He also won the Neal Rice Award for Best paper. The IBA is a group of business and technical people interested and involved in the research, development, and production of briquettes, pellets, and other densified products, and the equipment used to produce them.For more information on IBA, go to: http://agglomeration.org/

 



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.