1. UK's John Anthony Talks Organic Solar Cells and Transistors


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    John Anthony, the John C. Hubbard Professor of Chemistry, is a pioneer in organic materials—things that are made from carbon instead of silicon. With grants from the U.S. Navy, NSF, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, as well a number of industrial sponsors, Anthony’s research focuses on organic solar cells (for low-cost generation of electricity), organic thin-film transistors (for flexible flat-panel displays), and organic light-emitting diodes (for high-efficiency lighting). Co-founded by Anthony and CEO John Beran in 2005 and based in Louisville, Anthony’s company Outrider Technologies develops organic semiconductors for the electronics industry. The company has licenses with global technology giant 3M, and Outrider has paid UK nearly $850,000 in royalties since 2007 from license agreements for compounds developed by Anthony. He explains, "We’ve been able to put transistors, integrated circuits, on saran wrap. We actually just submitted this for publication to one of the Nature journals. So we know we can do the basic circuitry and that it’s stable, it doesn’t die when you crumple it up and fold it up and stuff it in your pocket. The next question is, can we get the performance out of it? That is where a good-sized effort of my research group is now turning its attention." This video appears courtesy of Reveal: University of Kentucky Research Media http://www.research.uky.edu/reveal/

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    • UK Researchers Get $3 Million to Develop Carbon-capture Technology


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      The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research received funding for the three-year, $3 million project on the heels of regulations proposed by the EPA to sharply reduce carbon emissions from new power plants. The coal industry currently lacks cost-effective technology that would enable it to comply with the proposed lower limits. This project will advance the DOE's goal of having technology available by 2020 that can achieve a 90-percent carbon dioxide capture rate, at a cost of $40 per metric ton of carbon dioxide captured. A major cost associated with commercial carbon dioxide capture is the size of the "scrubber" needed to handle the volume of flue gas produced by a power plant. CAER has developed a catalyst to speed up the absorption rate of the solvent used, so the scrubber can be much smaller. The CAER technology could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture by 56 percent.

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      • CAER 101: UK Scientists Energize Lessons for Local Fourth-Graders


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        The CAER 101 Education Project grew out of a 12-year-old outreach partnership with Russell Cave Elementary, where center scientists brought hands-on experiments to fourth grade students. Jack Groppo, who has been part this project since the beginning, says CAER 101 has three goals: get scientists into classrooms, provide experiments that teachers can easily duplicate, and challenge other groups to do the same kind of outreach. Produced by Research Communications at the University of Kentucky.

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        • UK Opens Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Research Building


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          The $20.8 million new laboratory at the Center for Applied Energy Research uses 54% less energy than similar facilities, and is in the process of becoming LEED Gold certified. It will allow the University of Kentucky to expand research devoted to Kentucky's growing renewable energy industries, including biomass and biofuels, electrochemical power sources (like capacitors and batteries), and distributed solar energy technologies. The facility was funded by a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (ARRA) NIST Construction Grant Program. The award consisted of $11.8 million in federal funds, with matching resources of $3.5 million provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and $1.9 million from UK. An additional award of $3.5 million in state ARRA funds was provided by the Department of Energy Development and Independence to achieve LEED certification and ensure that this new laboratory is a model for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Produced by Research Communications at the University of Kentucky.

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