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September-October, 2002


General News

A UK Task Force was put together by Dr. Nietzel, UK Provost, to advise on how UK can make 'Energy and Environment' an area of priority and commitment by providing guidance and analysis. CAER is very involved in this Task Force with Ari Geertsema being asked to lead the 16 member team. The group includes faculty members as well as industrial representatives. The Task Force was asked to report by mid-January 2003.

Proposals and Awards

EPSCoR Logo  The carbon group was the recipient of the first official award of this fiscal year, receiving a grant from the US DoE through its EPSCoR program for $32,000.

Meetings & Special Presentations

Director Ari Geertsema attended a DoE/Industry Workshop in Ohio to consider research issues and priorities for coal combustion. The conclusions reached are used to plan further DoE solicitations and also confirmed the strategic approach of CAER in this field.

CAER was well represented at the annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference during the last week of September. CAER staff members chaired sessions, presented a number of papers, exhibited, and Ari was a plenary speaker on the topic "Coal: Experience, Lessons and Opportunities."

Jim Hower represented The Society for Organic Petrology at the American Geological Institute meeting at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 28th.

On October 18th, B. K. Parekh presented a prospectus on "Elimination of Slurry Ponds in the Coal Preparation Industry" at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Central Appalachian Section meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

On October 11 Ari gave an invited talk entitled "The Global Energy Perspective" to the Community Transportation Innovation Academy of the UK Transportation Center.

At the annual Gasification Technologies 2002 conference of the Gasification Technology Council (of which CAER is a member) Ari presented a paper "Demonstration of a Beneficiation Technology for Texaco Gasifier Slag." The paper is based on work which CAER did in collaboration with Charah Environmental and was well received. The audience is predominantly industrial and includes those who are involved in gasification developments and commercialization and was therefore a good opportunity for CAER to make a presentation at this significant forum.

Matt Weisenburger  Personnel Accolades

Matt Weisenberger passed his Master Defense on September 4th. His thesis is entitled "Synthesis and Characterization of Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotube/Polyacrylonitrile Composite Fibers and Resulting Carbon Fibers."

The CAER welcomed two new students this month. Ben Phillips began October 3 and Amanda Napier began October 31. Ben is a graduate student in engineering and Amanda is a senior in Lafayette High School's SCAPA program. She is here as part of Fayette County's EBCE (Experience-Based Career Education) program.


Jim Hower presented a seminar at Southern Illinois University on Oct. 17 entitled "Mercury Capture by Fly Ash."

On October 28th, B. K. Parekh attended a Mining Industry of the Future project kickoff meeting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the project "Developing Energy Saving Technologies for Electro-winning of Aluminum."

ESIREM Logo  Scientist, Gary Jacobs traveled to University of Dijon, France to listen to student presentations Presented the CAER to prospective exchange students at ESIREM at l'universite de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. He met with the Director and faculty, listened to student presentations, and toured the engineering laboratories.

Outside Organization Interactions

Hans Slaghuis, Coal Products Research Manager, Sasol Technology (Sasolburg, South Africa) 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.