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Sabbaticals

The Center supports and fosters international collaborations. Visiting scientists who have participated in sabbaticals at CAER include:

2013

  • Jianliang Xu, a visiting scientist, will be working with gasification in the Power Generation group for one year. He earned a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the East China University of Science and Technology. (March 2014 - March 2015).
  • Shuli Bai, a visiting scientist in environmental engineering, if from Taizhou College in China, and received his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Science. He will be working in the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis group this year. (December 2013 - November 2014).
  • Debanjan Chakrabarti is a visiting scientist and will be working with the Clean Fuels and Chemicals research group. He is earning a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. (September 2013 - February 2014).
  • Qinghua Guo, a visiting scientist, will be working in the Power Generation and Utility Fuels group this year on coal gasification to liquids. (March 2013 - March 2014).
  • Qiang Liu, a visiting scientist, will be working in the Power Generation and Utility Fuels group this year. He has a M.S. degree in Thermal Engineering from the North China Electric Power University. (January 2013 - December 2013).
  • Jia Yang was a visiting scientist and worked with the Clean Fuels and Chemicals research group. She earned a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering.(January 2013 - June 2013).
  • Hee-Yong Shin, a visiting scientist, has a Ph.D degree from the Hanyang University in Korea. He is working with the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group (January 2013 - December 2013).

2012

  • Li Tian, a visiting scientist, has a M.S. degree in chemistry from the Dalian University of Technology in China. She worked with the Power Generation Research Group (July 2012 - December 2012).
  • Veronica Rico-Perez, a visiting scientist, has a M.S. degree in materials science and is currently earning her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Alicante in Spain. She worked with the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group. (July 2012 - November 2012).
  • Chunhua Wu, a visiting scientist, has a Ph.D from the Nanjing Forestry University of China. She is currently a materials engineering faculty member at the Southwest Forestry University of China. She worked in the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis group. (February 2012 - February 2013).
  • Liangyong Chen, a visiting scientist, has a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering and is from the Southeast University in China. He worked with the Power Generation Research Group (Jan 2012 - Jan 2013).
  • Ginghua Guo, a visiting scientist, has a Doctoral in Chemical Technology and is from East China University of Science and Technology. He worked with the Power Generation Research Group (Jan 2012 - Jan 2013).
  • Ilker Acar, is a Ph.D Mining Engineering candidate at the Middle East Technical University. He worked with the Environmental and Coal Technologies Group.(Dec 2011 - August 2012)

2011

  • Mayte Gil Agusti, a visiting scientist, is from the Energy Technology Institute (ITE) at the University of Jaure I Castellon, in Valencia, Spain. She worked with the Electrochemistry Group for one week in October 2011.
  • Peigang He, a visiting scientist, is at the CAER for a one year sabbatical (September 2011 - September 2012). He earned a Ph.D in Materials Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology. He is worked with the Power Generation Research Group.
  • Nicola Jane Wagner, a visiting scientist, was at the CAER for a six month sabbatical (July - December 2011). She was working with Jim Hower in the petrology lab. She earned a B.S. in Geology and Biology from the University of London, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
  • Gang Yu, a visiting scientist, worked with the Power Generation Group (June 2011 - June 2012). He has a a Ph.D in Thermal Energy Engineering from Southeast University in China.
  • Naser Seyedmatin, a visiting scientist, worked with the Power Generation Group (June 2011 - June 2012). He has a a Ph.D in Chemistry from the Tehran University.
  • Ye Zhou, a visiting scientist, worked with the Power Generation Group (March 2011 - February 2012). He has a Masters degree in Envirnoment Engineering from the Wulton University in China and is working at the China Datong Cooperation.
  • Zheng Jiang, a visiting scientist, worked with the Biofuels Research Group (Jan-Feb 2011). He has a Ph.D in Envirnoment Science and Engineering from the Research Center for the Eco-Environment Sciences from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has a MS degree in Physical Chemistry and a BS degree in Chemistry Eduation - both from Shandong University.
  • Denghui Wang was a visiting Scientist that worked with the Power Generation and Utility Fuels Research Group (November 2010 to October 2011). He is earning a Ph.D degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Southeast University in China.
  • Yongbao Feng was a visiting Scientist worked with the Power Generation and Utility Fuels Research Group (October 2010 to August 2011). He is a Ph.D in Materials Science from the College of Materials Science and Engineering from the Nanjing University of Technology which is located in Nanjing, China.

2010

  • George Kaufman was working with the Electrochemical Power Sources research group this past summer as a visiting scientist (June to August 2010) and (June to August 2011). He is an assistant professor from Transylvania University. He earned several degrees from both Brown University and Harvard University including a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.
  • Paul Yeary is a Chemistry Professor at Alice Lloyd College located in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. He was back again this past summer (June-August 2010) and (June-August 2011) working with the Carbon Materials Group.
  • Anthoula Ouzounidou was a visiting scientist from the University of Dundee in Scotland, United Kingdom. She is in the Department of Civil Engineering's Concrete Technology Unit. While at the CAER, she worked on a National Institute of Homeland Security project, "Rapidly Deployable System for the Structural Stabilization of Shock Damaged Structures." She worked with the Environmental and Coal Technologies Group until August 2010.
  • Chuan Shi was a visiting scientist that worked with the Biofuels Research Group until July 2010. She earned a Ph.D from Dalian University of Technology in China.
  • Zhisheng Chen was a visiting scientist who worked with the Power Generation Research Group (December 2009 to December 2010). He earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The Tsinghua University (China) and most recently had worked at the China Datang Technologies and Engineering Co. Ltd.

2009

  • Yongmin Zhou was a visiting scientist from the College of Materials Science and Engineering at the Nanjing University of Technology. He worked with the Environmental and Coal Technologies Group during the year (March 2009-March 2010).
  • Wang Jin earned his Ph.D at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He joins the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Research Group for approximately one year (November 2008 to November 2009).

2008

  • June Zhang is a visiting scientist from China's Southeast University. He teaches thermal engineering in the Department of Energy and Environment at his home university. He will join researchers in the Power Generation and Utility Fuels Group for approximately one year (September 2008 to September 2009).
  • Paul Yeary is a Chemistry Professor at Alice Lloyd College located in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. He was back again this past summer (June-August 2008) working with the Carbon Materials Group to generate ceramic materials for flame-resistant roofing tiles.
  • Mauro Ribeiro, who is working towards his Ph.D. in chemistry, will be at the CAER for the next several months (January-December 2008). He is from Sao Paulo University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He will be doing research on a project in the catalysis group.
  • Dr. Samuel Morton, is a visiting scientist at the CAER for one year (January-December 2008). He is from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. While here, he will be working in the Biofuels Group. His research area of interest is in 'green separations,' while reducing energy demands.

2007

  • Dr. Irena Jordanova Kostova, from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" (Bulgaria), was on sabbatical at the CAER for five months (September 2007 - January 2008) as a visiting scientist in the Coal Petrology Laboratory. She was here as a Fulbright Scholar, the first geologist from Bulgaria, and has a Ph.D. in Mineralogy and Geology, from the Institute of Applied Mineralogy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • Dr. Jacek Jagiello was a visiting scientist at the CAER (April-December 2007). He has spent most of his professional life working on adsorption phenomena and studying adsorption properties of non-porous and porous materials - with special interest in understanding and characterization of activated carbons. He received his Doctorate in Chemistry at M. Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland in 1984. He worked at CNRS, Syracuse University and at Westvaco Corporation. His last position was at Quantachrome. Dr. Jagiello has authored and co-authored more than 80 scientific publications including two book chapters, more than 20 presentations at international conferences and four U.S. patents.
  • Dr. Rui Xiao, a visiting scientist from China, completed research at the CAER for one year (March 2007-March 2008). He is a professor at the South East University in China, where he is a chemical engineer. He worked in the Power Generation and Utility Fuels Group.

2006

  • Dr. Mark Meier, University of Kentucky Professor of Chemistry, was a visiting scientist at the lab for one year (July 2006-July 2007). Mark worked closely with our Carbon Materials Group for several years and this on-site sabbatical provided a greater opportunity to collaborate on a daily basis. His main research interests are in the chemistry of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. He has been a member of the university's faculty since 1990. Previous to that, Mark received a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, which was followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Dr. Linda Jewell, was at the CAER for six months (July-November, 2006). She was here on a Carnegie "Time-off" Grant. The purpose of this sabbatical was to take previous research on adsorption and kinetics further that she started in 2004 with Associate Director, Burt Davis. She was first here from July 1996 to August 1997 and again for about 10 weeks in 2004. In South Africa she is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
  • Dr. Arumugam Pandurangan, an Assistant Professor in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at the Anna University in India, was with the CAER as a one-year visiting scientist (Spring 2006 - Spring 2007). His area of research was nanotechnology and catalysis. While at CAER, he worked with Dr. Mark Crocker on environmental catalysis projects and nanotube research.

2005

  • Dr. Ignacio Martin-Gullon worked in the Carbon Materials Group during four months of the summer (June 2005). Dr. Martin-Gullon was part of the CAER staff from 1996-1997, when he was a postdoctoral researcher. His home university is at Spain's Universidad de Alicante, where he is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
  • Dr. Isabel Suarez-Ruiz, a petrologist, worked with Jim Hower for four months (June 2005). Her home research center is at Spain's National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), an organization with over 100 fields of research. Her research is in the area of energy, and is similar to CAER's.

2004

  • Dr. Linda Jewell, who previously worked at the CAER in the 1990's, was on sabbatical from Wits for three months at the CAER (Summer 2004) while she worked on the Selective Hydrogenation of Acetylene. She recently became a Senior Lecturer in the School of Process and Materials Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. There she is involved in contract research and income generation, which included setting up and running training programs for industry which ranged from the flocculation of paint waste water to reactor design and scale-up.
  • Dr. Ajay Dalai was a visiting scientist from 2003-2004. He has returned to the University of Saskatchewan, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. While here, he worked in the Clean Fuels and Chemicals Group. Dr. Dalai received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990.

2003

  • Dr. Mark Dry of the University of Capetown, South Africa and formerly of SASOL has had three sabbaticals at CAER (most recently in 2003). Each time he worked within the Clean Fuels and Chemicals Group.
  • Dr. David Devillers is from Sasol Technology http://www.sasol.com/ in South Africa and joined the Catalysis Group, in Fall 2003, for three months to study kinetic isotopes.
  • Dr. Matthys Janse van Vuuren, Sasol Technology http://www.sasol.com/ (Sasolburg, South Africa), was at the CAER for three months in 2003, working on Fischer-Tropsch Catalysis.

2002

  • Mr. Hans Slaghuis is the Coal Products Research Manager at Sasol Technology http://www.sasol.com/ (Sasolburg, South Africa). He was a visiting researcher in the Carbon Materials Group from August 26th - Sept 6th, 2002. The purpose of the visit was to learn about CAER's research capabilities, and to begin developing research topics for future collaborations.
  • Dr. Michael McCarthy was at the CAER for three weeks during June, 2002 as a visiting scientist from the University of Dundee http://www.dundee.ac.uk/ Concrete Technology Unit within the Dept. of Civil Engineering. His expertise in concrete was a significant asset for the ECT Group.
  • Dr. Robert Bradley and Dr. Brian McEnaney - The CAER hosted two distinguished researchers from the United Kingdom in 2002. Bob Bradley (Robert Gordon University http://www.rgu.ac.uk/, Aberdeen, Scotland) and Brian McEnaney University of Bath http://www.bath.ac.uk/, Bath, England) assisted CAER with strategy planning in the area of carbon materials.

2000

  • Mr. Tsevi Minster joined the CAER as a Visiting Scientist for four months in 2000. Minster was from the Geological Survey of Israel in Jerusalem, Israel. This was his second time as a visiting scientist at the CAER.


  • Sabbaticals:
    The CAER offers sabbaticals to visiting scientists and professors. The duration of appointments varies, depending upon the circumstances, but have ranged from short appointments of a few weeks, to an extended period of a year. For more information on collaborations, contact Don Challman.