New Director Takes the Helm at CAER
Dr. Rodney Andrews, serving as the Acting Director of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research since 2006, became Director of the Center effective August 15, 2007, by approval of UK Board of Trustees.
Dr. Andrews received his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky and his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University. He joined the research staff at the Center in 1999. He began leading the Carbons Materials Group in 2001. His research interests include production of pitches and heavy aromatics from coal and other fossil resources, thermochemical conversion processes for coal and biomass, carbon fiber and composites, activated carbon materials, pitch chemistry and characterization, synthesis and application of carbon nanomaterials. Since 2003 he has been an Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky.
Dr. Andrews has directed major multi-university and industry-academic collaborative projects. He has published more than 40 peer reviewed journal articles and 3 book chapters. He has been granted four patents.
In addition to his UK achievements, he is on the Advisory Board of the American Carbon Society and the Executive Council of the Consortium for Premium Carbon Products from Coal (CPCPC). He is on the Honorary Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Carbon, and has organized several very successful workshops on adsorbent carbons.
Rodney has been extremely effective as Acting Director. The University is very pleased to appoint such a fine researcher and administrator to this important position. The CAER staff enthusiastically support this decision.