March-April, 2003 - VOLUME 2, NUMBER 2
General CAER News
The commissioning of the new continuous carbon nano-tube production unit went as planned and the optimization of the production parameters is now being done. A decision on dealing with surplus material will be taken in the near future.
Meetings & Special Presentations
The CAER exhibited at this year's Coal Prep Meeting at Lexington Center's Heritage Hall. Exhibiting at this meeting enables those in the coal industry to familiarize themselves with current research taking place at CAER.
Ari Geertsema attended a meeting of the Advisory Board of the Pittsburgh Coal Conference, where the planning for the upcoming conference in September was finalized.
Outside Organization Interactions
Meetings were held with representatives of Toyota (in collaboration with Dr Saito) and with the University of Louisville in view of future joint project proposals. This was related to work done in the catalysis group regarding the so-called nano-wire materials, for which patenting is under consideration.
Mark Dry of the University of Capetown, South Africa, joined the group as a visiting scientist to work with the catalysis group.
Mr. John Tuck, together with Mr. Jim Duff of Baker Donelson http://www.bakerdonelson.com/ spent a morning at CAER familiarizing themselves with our fields of research. This will assist them in their lobbying efforts on behalf of UK in Washington DC.
The UK Board of Trustees accepted a new Vision, Mission and Values statement for UK at its meeting of April 1 (See http://www.uky.edu/Home/2003-06StrategicPlan/vision.html). The document that was crafted at CAER in 2001 http://www.caer.uky.edu/about/caerplan.htm is in good alignment with this new statement. In the latest draft document for UK's strategy which was also released during April, there is now an acceptance that "Energy and the Environment" is one of the 11 priority areas identified for future development. This strategy will still be expanded in greater detail and the Task Force report on Energy and the Environment which was completed earlier this year, will be used as an input into this process.