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PowerGen Staff

  • Kunlei Liu
    Associate Director for Research of the Center for Applied Energy Research
    Research Engineer
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests include fossil fuel combustion and pollutant (SOx, NOx and PM) control; mercury transformation and control; carbon management in power plants; metal corrosion in utility environmental; gasification high temperature flue gas cleanup

  • Saloni Bhatnagar
    Associate Research Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise includes analytical chemistry, HPLC, -MS, GC-MS, ion chromatograph. Research interests include method development for analysis of samples of solvent degradation products of CO2 capture experiments by HPLC MS, GCMS, and Ion Chromatography.

  • Liangyong Chen
    Post Doctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    A visiting scientist, has a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering and is from the Southeast University in China. He is working with the Power Generation Research Group (Jan 2012 - Jan 2013).

  • Megan Combs
    Research Scientist Associate - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise and Research Interests include Analytical chemistry using LC/MS, GC/MS, and IC; and Flue gas sampling, sample prep, and analysis.

  • Zhen Fan
    Research Engineer Principal - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise includes Thermodynamics and kinetics in chemical reaction; Fuel conversion including combustion, gasification and reforming; Emission control including CO2 removal; Process modeling in steady state, dynamic and control.

  • Rafael Franca
    Postdoctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise and research interests are: Membranes Science, Separation Processes, Coating techniques, Hydrogen production, Electrochemistry, Water Treatment, Renewable Energy, Materials development and Materials Characterization.

  • Reynolds Frimpong
    Associate Research Engineer - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research consists of catalysts development; synthesis and characterization of catalysts for enhanced CO2 capture; process optimization for enhanced CO2 capture.

  • Xin Gao
    Post Doctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests include electrochemical devices for energy storage and generation (e.g., batteries and fuel cells), characterizations of electrode and membrane materials (e.g., carbon and ion-exchange membranes), and modeling of electrochemical systems. Recent and current work is principally on characterizations of porous carbon electrodes for capacitive desalination (CDI) application.

  • Qinghua Guo
    Visiting Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Will be working on coal gasification to liquids. (March 2013 - March 2014).

  • Robert Hodgen
    Associate Research Engineer - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests include briquetting and agglomeration of waste materials, and binder formulations for coal and biomass.

  • Nick Holubowitch
    Post Doctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise is electrochemistry. Research interests include electrochemical energy storage and conversion, nanomaterials for advanced energy applications, electrodeposition energy harvesting.

  • Quanzhen Huang
    Associate Research Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research is in the area of simulating CO2 capture (with ammonia) process and locating the optimum conditions; also studying catalysts which could be used in CO2 capture process.

  • Brad Irvin
    Research Scientist Assistant - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise includes Mathematical modeling and data analysis/acquisition; Robotics precision calibration; Operations. Research interests are Nuclear physics, double beta decay; nEDM (neutron electric dipole moment); Process engineering.

  • James Landon
    Associate Research Engineer - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research expertise includes a broad background in electrochemistry including electrocatalyst design and operation for fuel cells, hydrogen production, and gas separations; currently work includes designing porous carbons for various deionization activities. Research interests include alkaline fuel cells, waste water remediation, and energy conversion technology.

  • Cameron Lippert
    Senior Research Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise in both inorganic and organic synthetic techniques, including characterization.

  • Fang Liu
    Postdoctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Kun Liu
    Research Engineer Associate - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise includes thermodynamics and kinetics in gas separation; environmental separation; and mathematical modeling.

  • Naser Matin
    Senior Research Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    A visiting scientist, will be working with the Power Generation Group (June 2011 - June 2012). He has a a Ph.D in Chemistry from the Tehran University.

  • Heather Nikolic
    Associate Research Engineer - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests include CO2 Capture; Plasma Polymerization; Thin Films; Adhesion.

  • Ayokunle Omosebi
    Post Doctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise includes fuel cells; renewable energy; water water remediation; micro/nano engineering for emerging energy technologies.

  • Jonathan Pelgen
    Engineer - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise includes carbon capture and pilot operations, flue gas generation, SO2 scrubbing.

  • Roger Perrone
    Associate Research Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Collection and processing of ash samples in support of research activities.

  • Andy Placido
    Associate Research Engineer - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests focus on the development of carbon capture technology using both biological (algae) and solvent based systems, as well as the implementation and operation of a pilot plant scale coal to liquids system. Control and Instrumentation systems for carbon capture processes have been developed and dynamic modeling of the processes are currently being attempted. Coal/biomass gasification technology is currently being installed and tested at the pilot plant scale with a system capable of producing 1 barrel of diesel fuel per day via the Fischer-Tropsch process. Expertise includes controls and instrumentation, carbon capture technologies (biological and chemical), coal gasification, and polymer synthesis and characterization.

  • Guojie Qi
    Post Doctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests include Gas-liquid reaction kinetics and thermodynamic; Rate-based modeling of CO2 capture by aqueous solvents; Process development and evaluation of CO2 capture by aqueous solvents.

  • Lisa Richburg
    Associate Research Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Assists the Power Generation research group and associate direction in creation of reports, computer training, work schedules, inter-group communication, tech transfer, data/information disseminiation within carbon management projects. Expertise includes science teaching certification.

  • Moushumi Sarma
    Post Doctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests include Synthesis; Catalysis; Kinetic studies and mechanistic investigations.

  • Steve Summers
    Engineer Tech Senior - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise is in welding, machining, and equipment fabrication. Steve has over 6 years experience in automotive technology and industrial maintenance.

  • Darrell Taulbee
    Research Program Manager/Industrial Support Coordinator, Analytical Services - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Serves as initial contact person for external technical assistance requests. Research interests include: briquetting and agglomeration of waste materials; binder formulations for coal and biomass; structural chemistry of fossil fuels; utilization of coal-combustion byproducts; and reduction of toxic emissions during the production of metal castings. Expertise is in instrumental analyses - capillary gas chromatography (GC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy; thermogravimetric analysis (TGA); SEM; BET; separation by density gradient centrifugation and briquetting.

  • Jesse Thompson
    Senior Research Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests include Analytical method development for energy research involving GC/MS, LC/MS and IC; Environmental sampling and analysis; Developing novel surface and headspace sampling techniques using SDC, DESI and SPME; Biofuel feedstock characterization for sustainable energy production.

  • Leland Widger
    Postdoctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise and research interests include Synthesis; Catalysis; and Small molecule activation.

  • Jianliang Xu
    Visiting Scientist - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    He will be working with gasification in the Power Generation group for one year. He earned a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the East China University of Science and Technology.

  • Liangfu Zheng
    Post Doctoral Scholar - Power Generation and Utility Fuels
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests include nano-materials including nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes and metal based nano-composites; corrosion resistant coatings such as aluminizing coatings and electrodeposited Ni-Al/Cr nanocomposite coatings; thermal stability, electrochemical corrosion and high temperature oxidation.

  • Gwen Pasley
    Administrative Assistant

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