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September-October, 2003 - VOLUME 2, NUMBER 5

CAER Organizes Meetings, Old and New

2003 International Ash Utililization Logo

Every other fall since 1995 Lexington, Kentucky has seen the coming together of scientists working in the field of coal combustion byproduct research to participate in a CAER-organized international symposium. In addition, this year some CAER staff joined with the University of Louisville to organize a meeting on nanotechnology with a business-oriented leaning. The stories of these meetings are below.

CAER hosted another very successful International Coal Ash Utilization Symposium in Lexington in October. There were about 300 attendees, 43 of whom were from 16 foreign countries. This remains a premier conference on this topic. Coal ash is getting increasing attention as appreciation is gained that there are business opportunities available in dealing with ash in a more progressive way. The next event in 2005 will be a joint conference with the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA). Planning is currently underway for this meeting.


This fall's keynote addresses were delivered by Dr. M. R. Jones, Head of the Division of Civil Engineering and Reader in Concrete Technology at the University of Dundee (, Scotland; and Kenneth E. Markel, Deputy Center Director of the Office of Major Demonstration Projects at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory ( Welcoming Remarks were made by Dr. Ari Geertsema, Director, University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research; Dr. Lee Todd, President, University of Kentucky; and Teresa Isaac, Mayor of Lexington.

Lee Todd and Theresa Isaac

Dr. Thomas L. Robl explained the history of the Barton A. Thomas Memorial Award, which honors Mr. Thomas, a leader in the field who passed away in 1995. The award, sponsored by Virginia Thomas, the widow of Bart Thomas, is given to the technical presentation judged to be of the highest quality.

Government Panel

A highlight of the meeting was the Government Panel that included 10 presentations and ensuing discussion. Additionally, 87 technical oral presentations and 10 technical poster presentations were made. There were more exhibits (27) than any of the previous ash meetings and eight sponsoring organizations.

On the day preceding the Symposium, a new short course entitled "The Science of Ash Utilization," was presented by seven instructors to 30 attendees. The purpose of this short course was to give those in the field a primer, which doesn't exist anywhere else, on coal combustion byproduct science.

KY NanoMat Logo




The Kentucky Nanomaterials Workshop ( was held in Louisville in September with 140 participants and speakers. The workshop also included about 50 scientific posters. Burt Davis and Uschi Graham participated in the organization of the workshop. U of L President, Jim Ramsey and UK President, Lee Todd provided the opening remarks for this workshop and each president focused on the importance of university- industry partnerships to further strengthen the development of nanotechnology for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The purpose of the conference was to address the issues of how to commercialize nanotechnology in Kentucky and how to move nanotechnology from being a scientific curiosity to something that furthers Kentucky businesses. This workshop will be followed up with an international meeting on nanowires in June of 2004, and will be held at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington, KY.