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Associate Director

    • Tom Robl
      Associate Director - Environmental and Coal Technologies
      Scientist IV/Engineer
      Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
      Research interests include: beneficiation of ponded coal combustion waste at power plants; development of recovery techniques resulting in materials appropriate for use as fillers, pozzolans, and lightweight aggregates, as well as carbon suitable for reburning; beneficiation of IGCC slag; investigation into the presence of mercury, arsenic, and other trace elements in coal combustion by-products, and their quantitative relationship to combustion processes and the source coal itself; use of ammoniated fly ash in concrete products. Expertise in management and utilization of coal combustion products; ss development for waste material beneficiation; environmental geochemistry and analysis of water, waste water and waste leachates; environmental assessment of waste disposal methodology; development of, and participation in, multidisciplinary research and education programs.

     

    Scientists

    • Jack Groppo
      Principal Research Engineer - Environmental and Coal Technologies
      Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
      Research Interests focus on mineral and combustion ash beneficiation processing concepts centered on increasing by-product utilization. Specialization is in lab and pilot-scale process development and evaluation, and commercial-scale plant design and start-up.

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      Post Doctoral Scholar - Environmental and Coal Technologies
      Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
      Areas of cementitious materials; particularly the formulation, synthesis, production, characterization of low energy, low CO2-emitting cements; and the hydration and mechanical properties of subsequent mortar and concrete.
    • Kevin Henke
      Senior Research Scientist - Environmental and Coal Technologies
      Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
      Areas of research include: mercury chemistry, heavy metal removal from waste waters, metamorphic petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, and science-education issues.

    • Jim Hower
      Principal Research Scientist - Applied Petrology - Environmental and Coal Technologies
      Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
      Research focuses on coal and fly ash petrology; characterization of by-products from coal combustion; and assessment of coal-combustion by-product production in Kentucky. General expertise is in coal geology and coal petrology.

    • Bob Jewell
      Associate Research Scientist - Environmental and Coal Technologies
      Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
      Research focuses on vibracoring ground-penetrating radar; geographical information systems; sampling and analysis of ash ponds with interest in sedimentary geology.

    • Anne Oberlink
      Associate Research Scientist - Environmental and Coal Technologies
      Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
      Research includes work with industrial slags with applications in cement, mortar and concretes; formulation work with materials involving chemical compositions; physical property measurements based on standard testing methodologies including both strength testing (e.g. compressive and tensile) and durability testing

    • John Wiseman
      Engineer Tech Associate - Environmental and Coal Technologies
      Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky Assists with fabrication and operation of experimental equipment. Provide analytical results from research testing. Travels to several locations to conduct field testing.

    • Teresa Epperson
      Administrative Assistant

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