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General CAER News

  • See this issue's Feature Story for news on the recently-held Kentucky Energy Summit.

Meetings and Special Presentations

  • Rodney Andrews gave a presentation at the Lexington Coal Exchange on the 7th of September.
  • Rodney represented UK at the planning meeting for the Center for Renewable Energy and Environmental Stewardship in Louisville on September 17th.

UK Interactions

  • As a member of the Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board, Rodney Andrews attended their annual meeting on 9-27-07.

Outside Interactions

  • Rodney Andrews met with members of the ARO (Office of the Army Research Organization) program in Arlington, VA on September 4th to discuss research on New Materials for Chemical/Biological Defense.
  • Rodney attended a Carbon Dioxide Technologies Report Work Group meeting (HB1) at the Public Service Commission Offices in Frankfort.
  • Don Challman attended the Pike Co. Energy Board's meeting on behalf of Rodney Andrews. Pike County, under the leadership of Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford, has outlined an aggressive plan for reinvigorating the mining, oil and gas, and other energy industries in Pike County. Ken Nemeth of the Southern States Energy Board was the invited guest speaker. He spoke about SEEB's recent study on American Energy Security. Among the other items discussed were: Judge Rutherford's recent trip to the North Dakota Coal Gasification plant; the status of site plans for Pike County's proposed energy park; the status of a small hydroelectric project at Fish Trap Lake; and an evaluation of the potential for wind energy in the county.

Staff/Student Accolades

Burt Davis and Gary Jacobs - from the Fall 2007 UK Odyssey Magazine

  • The collaborative research between CAER researchers (Gary Jacobs and Burtron H. Davis) with Honda Research, Inc. regarding low temperature water-gas shift catalysts was highlighted in the Fall 2007 25th Anniversary issue of Odyssey in an article entitled "Hydrogen Nation" by Alicia Gregory. This was included as part of the feature article on coal utilization entitled "Coal: Breaking Oil's Chokehold." In addition, articles also appeared on CAER's 30th Anniversary, and projects by Rodney Andrews, Darrell Taulbee, and BK Parekh.
  • Upon completing his internship, Harold Evin successfully defended his work from CAER and received his bachelor's degree at ESIREM, Dijon, France for his project entitled 'Low temperature water-gas shift / methanol steam reforming: alkali doping to facilitate the scission of formate and methoxy C-H bonds over Pt/ceria catalysts.' His advisors included G. Jacobs (CAER), B.H. Davis (CAER), and O. Politano (ESIREM). This was a separate project from his Master's work, also conducted in part at CAER, which he successfully defended in June 2007.
  • Dr. Irena Jordanova Kostova, from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" (Bulgaria), is on sabbatical at the CAER for five months (September 2007 - January 2008) as a visiting scientist in the Applied Petrology Laboratory. She is here as a Fulbright Scholar, the first geologist from Bulgaria to attain this honor, and has a Ph.D. in Mineralogy and Geology, from the Institute of Applied Mineralogy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Eduardo Jimenez

  • Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez, a student working with CAER's Mark Crocker (Biofuels Group) has been awarded a Dissertation Enhancement Award by the Graduate School. This will enable him to spend 3-4 months at the University of Alicante, Spain (Carbon Materials & Environment Group), where he'll conduct research in support of his Ph.D. thesis (concerning the development of NOx reduction catalysts based on carbon nanotubes).

Proposals and Awards

  • The Governor's Office of Energy Policy (GOEP) proposal entitled "Alkali Promoters for CO2 Reduction" was funded. This is a joint research project between CAER researchers (Gary Jacobs and Burtron H. Davis) and Argonne National Laboratory and utilizes a novel method for investigating of iron based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalysts.
  • Burt Davis was awarded a proposal entitled "Catalysts studies in support of commercial CTL projects in Kentucky for $328,200.00 by the Governor's Office of Energy Policy.

Educational Outreach

  • CAER Program Manager, Kunlei Liu, organized a short course on Pollution Control that was held October 24th in Frankfort, Kentucky. The course was attended by about 30 professionals from industry, government, and universities. The day's instructors were Bill Downs (Babcock and Wilcox), Jim Neathery (CAER), and Scott Rutherford (Cormetech).
  • Rodney Andrews presented a seminar at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Department of Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering in September. It was entitled "Thermo-mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotube Composite Materials."