March-April, 2004 - VOLUME 3, NUMBER 2
General CAER News
The CAER Advisory Board decided at its meeting in the fall of 2003 to change from an annual meeting to meeting twice a year. The meeting which was held in April was directed at discussing strategic matters regarding CAER. It was attended by 15 of the 18 board members; indicating the high level of commitment from board members. It was a very productive meeting, also attended by the UK Executive Vice President for Research, Dr. Wendy Baldwin. CAER will start to prepare for the Unit Assessment in the fall of 2004 and at the next board meeting the draft of the self-assessment document will be presented.
Proposals and Awards
CAER is succeeding in awarded proposals and in April we were informed that we were selected for three projects funded by the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF). The total value of the projects is about $430,000 of which CAER will cost-share about 51%. The projects are respectively on NOx control catalysis, super pozzolan concrete and acid mine drainage reduction.
Meetings and Special Presentations
Ari participated in various Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC) meetings, including one with Department of Energy (DOE) representatives to discuss the alignment of the coal road-maps. He was also invited to participate in the Wye River workshop with senior DOE staff on energy and energy security matters.
CAER was well-represented at The 30th International Technical Conference on Coal Utilization & Fuel Systems (The Clearwater Conference) through papers presented by staff and by exhibiting.
Rodney Andrews attended the Workshop on Needs in Nanotube Composite Materials, March 22-24, in Tallahassee, FL.
B.K. Parekh chaired a session, Novel Dewatering Approaches, at the 9th World Filtration Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 19-23. He also presented a paper entitled "Paste Thickening - An Alternative to Impounding."
Outside Organization Interactions
On April 14th a US Congressional delegation of staffers visited the Center. These staffers represented several of Kentucky's U.S. legislators and were here to learn more about what is going on at UK and its environmental and coal concerns.
Rodney Andrews and David Jacques met with researchers from the Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research Centre, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland on April 27th. Rodney gave a presentation entitled "Carbon Materials Research at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research." They also met with Prof. Robert Bradley, Director of the Center.
CAER hosted three speakers from overseas during March and April. These scientists were all in the U.S. for other reasons, but agreed to participate in the CAER Seminar series. The speakers were:
Jim Hower and Tom Robl presented testimony at a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Indiana and Pennsylvania, respectively, on coal ash. Their testimonies concerned beneficial re-use of coal combustion by-products (CCB's). Overall, the sessions concerned mines and other disposal sites of CCB's.
Dave Goss and Mike McDonald of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) attended a two-day World of Coal Ash (WOCA) planning meeting at CAER.
Kentucky's EPSCoR Program hosted a meeting between representatives from the DOE's Argonne National Laboratory and key program managers at UK working in the field of Nanotechnology. John Stencel, Director of KY DOE EPSCoR, opened the Study Group Meeting which was held on March 22, 2004 at the Boone Faculty Center and was organized by Uschi Graham of the CAER. Presentations were given by representatives of departments of Chemistry, Mechanical, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Pharmacy, and the Center for Applied Energy Research. The CAER representatives were Ari Geertsema, Burt Davis, Uschi Graham, Rodney Andrews and Steve Lipka.
Keith Elkins, UK College of Engineering's (COE) Director of Communications, toured the lab to learn about CAER's research thrust and how our work intermingles with faculty members at the COE. This will help in promoting CAER's work to the public through the COE's media output.
Patrick Miller, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, joined our staff temporarily while participating in the Fayette County School system's EBCE Program (Experience-Based Career Education program). EBCE is an academic internship program that uses the classroom and the community to provide hands-on career exploration. He performed research with the carbon group.
BK Parekh has received an award from the American Filtration and Separations Society. It is the Frank Tiller Technical Award and is given to a society member for 'enhancing knowledge and applications of solid-liquid separations.'
On April 5, Jack Groppo submitted an Intellectual Property disclosure, entitled "Modification of Gasification Char for Mercury and NOx Removal from Gas Streams," on behalf of Aurora Rubel, Rodney Andrews, Tom Robl, and himself. On April 27, the UK Intellectual Properties Committee decided to pursue the patent application.
Burt Davis and S. J. Miller have a patent pending entitled "Process for the production of highly branched Fischer-Tropsch products and potassium promoted iron catalyst."
A patent was recently granted on research that was developed at the CAER. It is entitled "Carbon fiber filters for air filtration," by M. Jagtoyen.; R.A.A Derbyshire; and F.J. Derbyshire, US 6,702,875.
Ben Phillips and Chris Sandlin attended the Ohio Valley Regional Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers on April 1-2. It was a student conference that included: the annual meeting, the concrete canoe race, and steel bridge and survey competition. Ben Phillips competed in the concrete canoe contest with a canoe in which fly ash from the ECT group was used. Chris Sandlin was one of the captains and fabricators in the steel bridge contest.