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General CAER News

Odyssey Magazine Cover

  • The Winter 2007 issue of Odyssey Magazine is devoted to articles on green energy research at the university. It features three stories on CAER's work. The first story on "Biomass to Bio-Oil" describes the collaborations of Mark Crocker* and UK Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering Professor Czarena Crofcheck. An article entitled, "Packaging Green Energy: the Fine Coal/Sawdust Briquette," features the work of Darrell Taulbee* and BK Parekh*, along with Rick Honaker of UK's Department of Mining Engineering. Lastly, "Solar Cells on the Cheap," highlights Acting Director Rodney Andrews* and John Anthony of the Department of Chemistry, and their joint work on creating plastic solar cells with nanotubes.

*CAER Staff Members

Staff Accolades

  • Dr. Burt Davis is the editor of a prestigious new book entitled, "Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, Catalysts and Catalysis." His co-editor is M.L. Occelli, of MLO Consultants Atlanta, GA. This book is part of publisher, Elsevier's Studies in Surface Sciences and Catalysis series. Dr. Davis is also the author of three chapters in the book.
  • Dr. B.K.Parekh, Senior Research Engineer, has assumed the Editor-in-Chief position for the Coal Preparation journal starting January 2007. For the last four years, Professor Gerald Luttrrell of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The journal is published quarterly and deals with articles related to the basic science, industrial applications and review articles in the coal preparation area. B.K.'s main objective is to maintain the established reputation of the journal and increase its circulation, especially in foreign countries. China and Australia, despite being major producers and users of coal, have only one subscription each.
  • For the second time in four months, Dr. Davis was featured in one of the state's television newscasts. The feature was on coal-to-liquids technology and its impact on Kentucky. The story was broadcast by WKYT on February 16th.
  • A patent was issued to David Jacques and Rodney Andrews. It is entitled "Process for the Continuous Production of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes." It pertains to novel methods and equipment for continuous production of aligned carbon nanotubes.

Outside Interactions

  • On February 6th, several CAER logistics team members met with members of the American Coal Ash Association at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center to discuss details of the upcoming World of Coal Ash Conference, which is being jointly organized by CAER and ACAA and will take place in Covington, Kentucky May 7-10th.

Educational Outreach

  • During February two researchers performed scientific demonstrations at Russell Cave Elementary. Dennis Sparks and the students built battery cells. Two weeks later Jim Neathery and the same students created motors. This is part of an ongoing program with the school.

Dr. Jim Neathery with Russel Cave Students
Dr. Jim Neathery with Russel Cave Students

  • Carrying on a nine-year tradition, two French students from the engineering school -- ESIREM -- in Dijon, France will be working at the CAER in 2007. These materials engineering students will be working in the Carbon Materials and Clean Fuels and Chemicals Groups for the next five months as part of their senior practicum. They are: Harold Evin and Remi Borron.

2007 ESIREM Exchange Program Students
2007 ESIREM Exchange Program students

Meetings and Special Presentations

  • Rodney Andrews made a presentation on UK's energy research portfolio to the Southeast Universities Research Association (SURA) meeting in Washington DC, during February. SURA is a consortium of over 60 universities across the US. SURA operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) on behalf of the US Department of Energy and promotes initiatives in nuclear physics, information technologies, and coastal research.
  • On the 19th of February representatives from Toyota, including Vice President Krinock and Senior Vice President Somiya, visited UK to review relevant Toyota Prpojects. Uschi Graham's work on advanced catalysts for membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) is sponsored by Toyota's Fuel Cell Research Initiative and was part of the campus demonstrations, which were attended by President Todd. The Toyota executive visit is part of UK Mechanical Engineering Professor, Kozo Saito's overall Toyota Research Initiative at UK. Rodney Andrews provided an overview on the CAER's research focus and capabilities during the visit.

Awards

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  • The CAER web site has been selected for inclusion in the Thomson Scientific Current Web Contents™, a selection of over 5,500 scholarly web sites complementing the journal coverage in various ISI Web of Knowledge™ applications. The CAER web site was selected based upon its level of authority, currency, accuracy, applicable topics, quality and scope of research efforts. The ISI Web Content Editors visited the site, reviewed it, developed a standardized descriptive record, wrote an abstract and created a link from this prestigious ISI Web of Knowledge™ database.