Physical Sciences

2009-2010 University Research Professors (Spring 2010)

Gang Cao: Spinning, But Keeping His Balance

Coal: Breaking Oil's Chokehold (Fall 07)

UK researchers are increasing the efficiency of Fischer-Tropsch, a World War II-era process for converting domestic sources like coal and natural gas to liquid transportation fuels, mapping underground geology for permanent storage of CO2, creating membranes to separate hydrogen from CO2, and producing catalysts to efficiently generate hydrogen for fuel cells.

Jonathan Phillips: Seeking Chaos in the Dirt (Winter 07)

His research, which proposes that there is no single, stable, “natural” landscape toward which nature is tending, may one day help humans plan for sudden changes in their environment.

Isaac Shlosman: Building Galaxies in His Basement (Fall 05)
Research Supercomputing (Summer 05)

Michael Cavagnero: Understanding Ultracold Atomic Collisions

Peter D. Hislop: Modeling Conductivity (Fall 2004)
Gary Ferland: Configuring Quasars (Spring 2003)
Breaking into the Earth's Water Vault (Spring 2001)

Robert Andrews and Jim Dinger are using remote-sensing devices and novel drilling techniques to find high-yield wells in Eastern Kentucky. Dennis Cumbie is looking at mines as new water sources.

At the Crossroads of Chemistry and Biology (Spring 2000)

A new biological chemistry program and four new faculty researchers are using molecular technology to improve our health and the environment.

"Holy Plutonium, Batman--It's Chemistry!" (Spring 1999)

The Comic Book Periodic Table Web site is the brainchild of two UK professors of chemistry, John Selegue and James Holler.

Sandstone Secrets (Spring 1998)

Quartz pebbles reveal an ancient river system in Appalachia.

photo of Kozo Saito

UK researchers are mapping underground geology for permanent storage of CO2.

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