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EKU Energy Club Next Meeting

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Keith Building, Room number: 134 at 5:00pm.

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Eastern Kentucky Univeristy Energy Club

Changing the World with Chemistry

By: Mike Mazzotta & Dr. Darrin Smith

From Beakers to Barrels: The Algae Bioreactor

In order to lessen the risk in developing industrial technologies for biofuel production, the project management team at Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT) has adopted an incremental scale-up approach to commercialization. 

EKU Student's Biofuel Proposal: "Ethanol of Appalachia"


 RICHMOND, Ky. – An Eastern Kentucky University student earned second place in the eighth annual Appalachian Ideas Network Showcase.

Student Spotlight: Joseph Baker

Graduate student, Joseph Baker, performed research at Eastern Kentucky University under the supervision of CRAFT chemistry faculty. He worked on a  synthetic project designed to make catalysts (metallic porphyrins) for the degradation of lignin. Lignin is a constituent of the cell walls of almost all dry land plant cell walls.

EKU Senior Chemistry Major Wins First Place

This past spring, former EKU senior chemistry major Mr. Michael Mazzotta won first place at the 2012 Regional Undergraduate Chemistry Poster Session hosted by the Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky.

Innovative Implementation: Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

In February 2012, the Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT) team obtained a lab instrument that will provide new and exciting research capabilities for its Cellulosic-Derived Biofuels Initiative.

Faculty Spotlight: Frank O'Connor

Dr. Frank O’Connor is professor of Economics at Eastern Kentucky University and has been doing economic analyses for CRAFT since its initiation in 2009. His primary role in CRAFT is to answer various economic questions related to the feasibility of the biodiesel industry in central Kentucky.

Student Spotlight: Luiz Reis

Luiz Reis, 23, is a senior undergraduate student doing research at the Center for Renewable & Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT) at Eastern Kentucky University.  He attends the University of Engineering and Architecture’s Foundation in Brazil and became involved with CRAFT through an internship program offered through his university.

Switchgrass Establishment Research Project

In late Spring of 2010, CRAFT Program Director, Dr. Bruce Pratt and CRAFT researcher, Gary Selby, began a research project on Switchgrass Establishment. The project entailed two main focuses:

1.  Cultivation and establishment methods for plowed vs. non-tilled ground

2.  Variety differences between two types of switchgrass: Kanlow and Alamo

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