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The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy's Research has a long tradition of fossil fuel research. While respecting that history, we recognize today's constantly changing energy field. In order to respond to today and tomorrow's needs, we strive to solve existing problems, while identifying potential future technologies. The research projects described here reflect those goals.

Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis

Carbon Materials GroupCarbon Materials Group

  • Activated Carbons
  • Adsorbents
  • Environmental
  • Hydrogen
  • Materials Characterization
  • Nanotube Synthesis and Applications
  • Pitch Production and Uses

Clean Fuels and Chemicals GroupClean Fuels and Chemicals Group

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental
  • Fischer-Tropsch
  • Fuels
  • Gas Separation
  • Hydrogen
  • Petroleum Processing
  • Syngas

Electrochemical Power Sources GroupElectrochemical Power Sources Group

  • Capacitors
  • Energy Storage
  • Environmental
  • Hydrogen
  • Portable Electronics
  • Renewable Energy

Environmental and Coal Technologies GroupEnvironmental and Coal Technologies Group

Environmental Remediation and RestorationEnvironmental Remediation and Restoration Group

Restoration of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion through:

  • Scrap metal removal and remediation of underlying surface soils
  • Surface water remediation and release control including sediment control and Total Maximum Daily Load issues
  • Groundwater remediation including groundwater modeling, proposed remediation technologies, and Alternate Concentration Limits
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Waste Disposal
  • Waste Burial including necessity and feasibility of remedial actions
  • Site-wide soils and drainage ditches utilizing real-time characterization and remediation
  • Disposition of volumetrically contaminated metals
  • Seismic issues
  • Risk assessment issues

Power Generation and Utility FuelsPower Generation and
Utility Fuels

  • Carbon Management
  • Biomass Gasification/Pyrolysis/Liquefaction
  • Emissions Control in Utilities
  • Plant Optimization
  • Binder and Briquetting/Agglomeration