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General CAER News

University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research Lab #2 - Renewables Building - Solar, Biofuels, Batteries.

  • On August 2nd representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), which provided the majority of funding for CAER's new laboratory, performed a final inspection of the building and released it for use. See feature story on grand opening.

UK Interactions

Hands holding a globe - sustainability.

  • CAER engineer Courtney Fisk met with UK President Capilouto, VP Facilities Bob Wiseman, Ag Extension faculty member Lee Meyer, and Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder to discuss the President's Sustainability Advisory Committee.
  • UK's research communication group (Media Producer Alicia P. Gregory, and Videographer/Director Chad Rumford) created a video on the new CAER renewable fuels and energy storage lab building. It highlights some of its most interesting features and research being carried out.
  • Regional Coordinator Sarah Mardon, along with UK's Corporate Partnerships Director Kim Kluemper, met with economic development officers in Marshall and McCracken Counties to discuss how UK, and specifically CAER, could work with businesses in the areas.

Meetings and Special Presentations

UK CAER Biofuels Researcher Mark Crocker.

  • Biofuels & Environmental Catalysis Associate Director Mark Crocker gave a keynote address entitled "Synergy of LNT and Cu-chabazite SCR Catalysts in Coupled LNT-SCR Systems?" for CLEERS (Cross-Cut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reduction Simulations) lean NOx trap working group (a group of about 50 people from companies and universities in the US and Europe).
  • Regional Coordinator Greg Copley spoke to the Lawrence Co. Ruritan Club about the CAER.

Dundee Logo.

  • Several CAER staff co-organized and attended the 8th Intl. Dundee, Scotland conference on Concrete in the Low Carbon Era. Director Rodney Andrews was a session chair.
  • Rodney and Assoc. Director for Research, Kunlei Liu attended a meeting at the state's Energy and Environment Department in Frankfort on carbon capture and storage.

Outside Interactions

  • Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group researchers met with representatives from Sapphire Energy to discuss joint research.
  • Assoc. Director for Clean Fuels and Chemicals Burt Davis presented research results at the Subsonic Fixed Wing Year 1 Review at NASA in Washington DC.
  • Sarah Mardon hosted Phil Osborne and Sarah Parker of Preston-Osborne to speak on behalf of FACES of Coal at the Owensboro Kiwanis Club. She held discussions with UK Henderson Agriculture Extension Agent Jeff Porter and State Director for the Division of Biofuels Tim Hughes to discuss western Kentucky's drought and potential help from CAER. She also attended a lock and dam tour of the Ohio River sponsored by the state Dept. for Energy Development and Independence, where they learned about commodities transported along the river with an Agricultural focus.


  • An American Association for the Advancement of Science panel visited CAER and reviewed the state NSF EPSCoR proposal. Rodney Andrews, Courtney Fisk, Jeff Mossey, and Katrisha Waldridge participated. Also, in the EPSCoR realm, Rodney attended and presented the statewide committee meeting. Finally, Rodney and Jeff Mossey met with Dr. Rick Kurzynske, statewide EPSCoR Director on a state EPSCoR funding match.
  • Rodney spoke on research needs in Kentucky before members of the Brookings Institute.
  • Greg Copley held discussions with Kelly Ward of the Boyd County Area Development District. They discussed potential funding opportunities. He also met with Roger Thomas (Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy), Rep Rocky Adkins; and Sen. Robyn Webb to discuss agribusiness opportunities. He also met with Kelli Hall of Big Sandy CTC in Floyd County on the status of collaborations with Big Sandy Community and Tech. College and attended the Big Sandy Industrial Development Authority meeting.
  • Rodney Andrews, Shiela Medina, and Greg Copley, met with J. Marshall, and Jonathan Gay of the Morehead State Innovation Center to discuss opportunities for regional coordinators to assist with energy planning in eastern Kentucky
  • Burt Davis attended a technical advisory board meeting for the U of L Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. In another U of L connection, Rodney discussed EPSCoR participation with Dr. Tom Starr of U of L's Dept. of Chemical Engineering.
  • Rodney attended and presented at the Mississippi State Biofuels Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Shiela Medina, Sarah Mardon, and Bree McCarney met with Sen. Jerry Rhoads (Hopkins/ Muhlenberg/Ohio Cos.), Rep. Jim Gooch (Daviess, Hopkins, McLean, Webster Cos.), and Judge Executives Donnie Carroll, and Rick Newman to discuss regional work in WKY and energy clubs.


PowerUpKy Logo.

  • An energy educational outreach web site and videos were launched in July 2012. Power Up Kentucky. Seven modules bring together the key areas of energy through short videos, teaching points and additional resources. By providing these teaching resources to high school student's we hope to see our students learning about the challenges and opportunities of energy and its sources. Funded by the Kentucky Cabinet for Energy Environment, Power UP Kentucky was produced by UK CAER and the UK Center for Visualization (Vis Center).
  • Mardon met with Darrel Pfingston of Henderson County Schools about Energy. She also talked with the Morganfield Chamber of Commerce about CAER and our outreach in Union County. She also met with Nyra Syers-Ford and Connie Brewer of the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy in Union County to discuss energy clubs and their interest in working with us to start a club.
  • Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez and Mark Crocker visited ESIREM (the materials engineering college) in France to discuss ways in which we can strengthen our student exchange program.
  • Rodney Andrews and Czarena Crofcheck attended the Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) final project presentations showcase.

Fusion 2012.

  • CAER staff members Katrisha Waldridge (site advisor, far left), Bree McCarney and Glenn Hutcheson (far right) joined a team of incoming UK students for a day of cleaning, scrubbing and painting at the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky located in the heart of downtown Lexington. The UK FUSION (For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhood) project is a one-day service event during KWeek festivities in August of each year. It is an opportunity for new students to meet returning students as well as UK faculty and staff all while giving back to the Lexington community.

Teaching and Instruction

  • Sarah Mardon taught a geology camp on July 11th. Fourteen children aged 9-12 attended the camp. She presented information about minerals, rocks and fossils. Activities included making crystals, making volcano models, and having them 'dig' for fossils.
  • Jack Groppo, Bob Jewell, and Rodney Andrews are teaching Power Generation Technologies Class EGR542 in UK's College of Engineering this semester.
  • Shiela Media met with Eileen Hardy (EEC) to discuss the Future of Energy Managers in Schools. She and Greg Copley also met with Bill Hannah (Ashland Economic Development) about how CAER and the regional coordinators can help in Ashland.

Staff and Student Accolades

UK CAER Researcher Burt Davis

  • CAER longtime Associate Director of the Clean Fuels and Chemical Group, Burt Davis was selected for the 2013 American Chemical Society's Energy & Fuels Division Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry. Dr. Davis is also a former ACS Storch Award recipient from 2002.
  • UK Chemistry Professor John Anthony's paper, "High Mobility Solution Processed TIPS-Pentacene Organic Thin Film Transistors" is one of Applied Physics Letters' most downloaded articles of the last five years, helping to make it the most highly cited journal in Applied Physics [2011 Journal Citation Reports Thomson Reuters, 2012)].
  • Three CAER researchers from the Clean Fuels and Chemicals Group (Graham, Jacobs and Davis) collaborated with Nanostellar and the University of Texas at Dallas and with their work highlighted in a Science Article published on August 17, 2012. Article Title: Mixed-Phase Oxide Catalyst Based on Mn-Mullite (Sm, Gd)Mn2O5 for NO Oxidation in Diesel Exhaust.


  • Steve Lipka's battery and capacitor researchers will be taking part in a US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) grant. Two articles appeared recently in Solar Novus Today and ITN Energy Systems, Inc. describing the project.

Media Interactions

UK CAER Engineer Courtney Fisk

  • The UK College of Engineering published an article discussing CAER engineer Courtney Fisk's role and responsibilities for the new UK CAER Lab #2 Renewable Energy Laboratory, which was dedicated on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.