General CAER News
Progress is being made at laboratory scale with a project to produce coal-derived coke for use in the carbide industry. Preliminary results are encouraging and work is continuing to have large enough batches of the material made for industrial testing.
Discussions were held with Dr. Tom Sparrow, Director of the Center for Coal Technology Research at Purdue University. Purdue is considering establishing a R&D program in Indiana and the possibilities for collaboration were explored.
Meetings and Special Presentations
CAER Director Ari Geertsema made several presentations during November and December. Descriptions are listed below:
On December 28, a kick-off meeting for a Kentucky FutureGen initiative was held under the leadership of Secretaries Host and Wilcher. For the immediate future, the focus will be on gathering data related to potential sites and the geological sequestration potential of sites will be a key factor. A task force has been assembled and Ari will be part of the team which will include representatives from the KGS.
Proposals and Awards
Jack Groppo has received a contract from the U.S. Dept. of Energy for a project titled, "Environmentally Safe, Large Volume Utilization Applications for Coal Gasification By-products" (value $342,000).
The Fayette County School Board recognized an educational outreach program between the CAER and Russell Cave Elementary School at the Board's November 23rd meeting. The program, which began in 2002, brings CAER scientists into the 4th-grade classroom for demonstrations and hands-on experiments by the students.
Rodney Andrews was featured in the most recent edition of The Lane Report, as an expert in the field of nanotechnology.
David Graham passed his Master's defense in Chemical and Materials Engineering.