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Summer Intern 2014, Maryam Shojaee from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden at LSU

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2014 Shell Energy Venture Camp at the LSU Chemical Engineering Department

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Award: Best Research Paper 2013 in Applied Petrochemical Research Journal

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Summer Energy Camp at Baton Rouge Community College & Louisiana State University

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Petra de Jongh appointed as Chair of Inorganic Nanomaterials

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EFRC investigators at EuropaCat 2013

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Summer Intern 2013, Ted Johansson from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden at LSU

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European Research Council grant of 2.5 million euros to Prof. Krijn de Jong for research on nanoparticles and catalysis

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Congratulations to Gareth Parkinson

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2013 Shell Energy Venture Camp at the LSU Chemical Engineering Department

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Opening for a post-doctoral researcher in the area of computational catalysis

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Wittgenstein-Preis award for 2013 by the Austrian Science Fund goes to physicist Ulrike Diebold

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Dr. Krijn de Jong received the Award for Excellence in Natural Gas Conversion

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NWO-VICI grant awarded to Dr. Petra E. de Jongh

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CALC-D postdoctoral researcher Dr. Gonzalo Prieto to Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau

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Congratulations to Dr. David S. Sholl, for being appointed as the new School Chair in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Summer Energy Camp at Baton Rouge Community College & Louisiana State University


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LSU graduate student received the Best Poster Award in the Energy category at Natural Gas Conversion Symposium in Doha, Qatar

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Dr. James J. Spivey at U. Utrecht (Netherlands)


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SLAC/Stanford Summer School 2013: Heterogenous Catalysis for Energy Transformations DATES: August 24-31, 2013 LOCATION: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park

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CECAM/Psi-k International Summer School on Basic Concepts and First-Principles Computations for Surface Science: Applications in Chemical Energy Conversion and Storage to take place in Norderney, Germany, July 21-26, 2013

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Congratulations to Ellen Stevens, Business Manager of CALCD

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Professor Ulrike Diebold (Tech. Univ. Vienna) will be awarded the Adamson award in April 2013

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Dr. Gonzalo Prieto at Synfuels Symposium 2012

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Dr. Gonzalo Prieto invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the nationwide EFRC Newsletter

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Participants in the 2012 REHAMS toured Dr. Spivey's labs

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Dr. Susan Sinnott (U. Florida) has co-authored two articles in the latest issue of MRS Bulletin

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Dr. Challa Kumar awarded funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents to build a "Millifluidic Catalyst Test Kit"

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CALCD mourns loss of distinguished chemist Dr. Wayne Goodman

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Dr. Susan Sinnott has been elected as 2012 Fellow of the Materials Research Society

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LSU Welcomes CALC-D researchers to the Center's Annual Technical Conference

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Dr. Ulrike Diebold at ECOSS-28

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Congratulations to Ellen Stevens, Business Manager for LSU’s Center for Atomic-level Catalyst Design

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CALCD team members Dr. Sanchita Biswas and Dr.Gareth Parkinson selected to serve on the editorial board of the nationwide EFRC Newsletter

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Summer Intern 2011, Sandra Johansson from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden at LSU

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Dr. James Spivey delivered a series of invited lectures at East China University

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Dr. Challa Kumar to present at the 6th Workshop of "Chemical and Biological Micro Laboratory Technology", on March 20-22, 2012 in Ilmenau/Elgersburg

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Dr.Flake visited Baton Rouge High School

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Theory day concluded on Feb 18,2011 at Georgia Tech

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Prof. Jerry Spivey featured in the “Flagship Faculty" section of LSU Today for January 28, 2011

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2010 Technical Conference: Center for Atomic-level Catalyst Design Nov. 1-3, 2010

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EFRC Brings 21 Investigators from US and Netherlands to LSU

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Jerry Spivey (ChE) and Challa Kumar (CAMD) speak to juniors at Baton Rouge High School concerning LSU’s new EFRC

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EXAFS analysis workshop Part-2 at CAMD on July 27,2010

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Dr. Spivey to visit Technical University of Munich and TU Vienna

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Dr. Challa Kumar(CAMD) to deliver talk at Technical Univesity of Ilmenau,Germany on July 6,2010

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Dr. Ulrike Diebold from TU Vienna,Institute of Applied Physics to visit LSU on July 15,2010

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Dr. Spivey's research group attended the 2010 IIT XAFS Summer School at Chicago, Illinois

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Postdoctoral positions available at Georgia Tech

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Dr. Challa Kumar(CAMD) to present his work in 2010 ALS User Meeting Workshop at LBNL on Oct. 14,2010

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Daniel Stellwagen from University of Utrecht to present his work in 2010 MRS Fall Meeting during Nov.29-Dec 3,2010

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Summer Intern 2014, Maryam Shojaee from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden at LSU

August 08, 2014

Maryam Shojaee is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. She is working on her summer research (2014) with mentor Dr. Nitin Kumar in Prof. J.J. Spivey's lab at LSU. Her work is focused on the bi-reforming reaction over pyrochlore catalysts synthesized by National Energy Technology Laboratory (Department of Energy), Morgantown, WV. The bi-reforming reaction converts the greenhouse gases, such as CO2 and methane, into syngas in the presence of water. Syngas is a mixture of CO and H2, and can be used to synthesize several high value products such as methanol and liquid fuels as sustainable and green fuel alternatives. This project is a research collaboration between Louisiana State University and University of California, Riverside, and supported by the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), Canada.

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2014 Shell Energy Venture Camp at the LSU Chemical Engineering Department

July 30, 2014
On July 30th, thirty-five Baton Rouge area high school students participated in the 2014 Shell Energy Venture Camp held at LSU's Chemical Engineering Department. Supervised by departmental graduate students including Zi Wang, one of LSU's EFRC-supported students, these students experienced hands-on laboratory experiments in the junior lab, including the scientific concepts of CO2 asorption, the heat exchanger, the refrigeration cycle, the tray dryer and the frost boss cooler. They also visited the cogeneration facility in LSU campus. On August 1st, these students presented their summaries of the training to the representatives from Shell in the final assessment.

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Award: Best Research Paper 2013 in Applied Petrochemical Research Journal

July 14, 2014
The Editorial Board of Applied Petrochemical Research Journal and the committee at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology has identified one of EFRC sponsored work "Characterization and activity study of the Rh-substituted pyrochlores for CO2 (dry) reforming of CH4," Pakhare, D., Wu, H., Narendra, S., Abdelsayed, V., Haynes, D., Shekhawat, D., Berry, D. and Spivey, J.J, Volume 3, Issue 3-4, pp 117-129, 2013 as the best published paper for year 2013 in the journal. The team will be awarded a prize $5000 and medals along with KACST's Certificates.This prize funded annually by KACST to encourage authors to submit their high quality of research work to be published in the journal.

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Summer Energy Camp at Baton Rouge Community College & Louisiana State University

April 17, 2014
Energy Venture Camp is designed for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students to learn about careers in energy while having fun.

Experiences will include the following opportunities:

  • Perform many hands-on experiments to explore the entire process of energy development; from how oil and natural gas are formed to the ways various types of energy are used.
  • Build a generator, a motor, a car, a windmill, a solar house and a robot!!
  • Learn how to do basic programming and simulations.
  • Perform simple labs to learn about photosynthesis, distillation, catalysts, pressure, temperature, density, fracking, combustion, how an engine works, and super conductors.
  • Talk to experts about emerging technologies.
  • Learn how energy shapes our world and talk to professionals about careers in energy.
  • Have a unique hands-on experience at the LSU Petroleum and Chemical Engineering labs, the LSU CCT, and the BRCC PTEC lab.
  • Field trips, prizes and more!

Activities will be held at Baton Rouge Community College & Louisiana State University on the following dates:

Monday - Thursday, July 28-29th at BRCC
Friday, July 30- Aug 1st at LSU

Snacks, Drinks, and Lunch will be provided. Camp space is limited, offered free of charge, and teachers and parents are welcome. Summary of last year's camp Click here.

Detailed scheduled will be announced soon. For more information please contact: E-mail: jeannettepthompson@gmail.com

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Petra de Jongh appointed as Chair of Inorganic Nanomaterials

Feb 17, 2014
Dr. Petra de Jongh, University of Utrecht, was appointed as Chair of Inorganic Nanomaterials at the Department of Chemistry and the Debye Institute of Nanomaterials Science on 1 February. De Jongh is an expert in catalysts and related materials that are key for the transition towards sustainably produced fuels and chemical building blocks. Her appointment strengthens Utrecht University's focal area 'Energy and Resources', which focuses on fundamental breakthroughs in the field of sustainability. Read More
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EFRC investigators at EuropaCat 2013

October 07, 2013
EFRC investigators Dr. Ye Xu (LSU), Dr. James Spivey (LSU) and Dr. Gonzalo Prieto (U. Utrecht) presented papers at the recent European Catalysis Society conference in Lyon France. LSU graduate student Devendra Pakhare presented a poster at the conference.

Talks:

1. Locations of metal ions in Mo-V-(Te)-(Ta, Nb)-O M1 phases and their roles in propane ammoxidation to acrylonitrile Ye XU (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, United States), Vadim GULIANTS, Jungwon WOO, Albina BORISEVICH

2. CuCoMoOx catalysts from ammonium molybdate complexes for selective synthesis of higher alcohols from syngas: structure- performance relationships Gonzalo PRIETO, Miranda SMITH, Steven BEIJER, James J SPIVEY(Louisiana State University, United States), Krijn P DE JONG, Petra E DE JONGH

3. Control over metal particle spacing at the nanoscale: a strategy towards more stable supported catalysts, Gonzalo PRIETO(Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis Utrecht University, Netherlands), Jovana ZECEVIC, Heiner FRIEDRICH, Krijn P DE JONG, Petra E DE JONGH

Poster:

1. Dry reforming of CH4 over Rh pyrochlores; studying catalytic active sites by (a) CH4/CD4 isotope effect and (b) transient pulsing. Devendra PAKHARE, Viviane SCHWARTZ, Daniel HAYNES, Victor ABDELSAYED, Dushyant SHEKHAWAT, James SPIVEY (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, United States)

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Dr. Ye Xu at EuropaCat 2013

Dr. Gonzalo Prieto (In picture third from left) at EuropaCat 2013

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Summer Intern 2013, Ted Johansson from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden at LSU

August 09, 2013
Ted Johansson, a Masters degree student from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, spent the summer of 2013 in Dr. Spivey's lab working on methane reforming. The focus of this study of this study was to characterize the perovskite catalyst, analyze its structure and relate it to its activity towards dry reforming of methane. This work is being done to complement similar fuel reforming work done on pyrochlores by Dr. Spivey's group and researchers at National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV and computational modeling work at Clemson, under Dave Bruce. A paper documenting this work has been submitted to Chemical Papers (Springer).
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European Research Council grant of 2.5 million euros to Prof. Krijn de Jong for research on nanoparticles and catalysis

July 31, 2013
CALC-D's PI Prof. Dr. Krijn de Jong, Department of Chemistry, Group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, University of Utrecht has received a grant of 2.5 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). His research will include synthesis and the use of nanoparticles as catalysts, which directly complements work in CALC-D on these materials. The specific particles to be examined are 1 to 10 nanometers in size and are based on metals such as cobalt, copper or platinum. This prestigious grant is awarded to experienced scientists to carry out what is described as innovative scientific research. Read More

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Congratulations to Gareth Parkinson

July 27, 2013
Congratulations to Gareth Parkinson for selection as a Post-doc winner at the EFRC conference on July 18-19, 2013. He was one of three post-docs selected from all post-doc presentations at this conference. His presentation was entitled "Adsorbate induced adatom mobility in a model catalyst: Pd/Fe3O4", and was the subject of a recent publication (Nat. Mater. 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nmat3667).




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Congratulations to Gareth Parkinson for selection as a Post-doc winner at the EFRC conference on July 18-19, 2013

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2013 Shell Energy Venture Camp at the LSU Chemical Engineering Department

July 25, 2013
On July 24, thirty area high school students participated in the 2013 Shell Energy Venture Camp held at LSU's Chemical Engineering Department. Supervised by departmental graduate students including Zi Wang, one of LSU's EFRC-supported students, these 9th, 10th, and 11th graders experienced hands-on laboratory experiments, including the scientific concepts of vapor liquid equilibrium, CO2 absorption, viscosity, the heat exchanger, the refrigeration cycle and the tray dryer. Their training included instruction on how to record, plot and summarize their observations, and culminated in the presentation of their findings to other camp participants.

2013 Shell Energy Venture Camp at the LSU Chemical Engineering Department

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Opening for a post-doctoral researcher in the area of computational catalysis

July 23, 2013
The Chemical Engineering Department at Louisiana State University is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to conduct computational catalysis research. This position is part of the Center for Atomic-Level Catalyst Design, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center led by LSU. As part of the Center's objectives, the candidate will work closely with Prof. Ye Xu and in collaboration with various experimental PI's at LSU, to investigate the catalytic properties of nano-structures on complex catalyst supports. It is expected that this research will lead to the development of novel cluster-based materials for important catalytic studies. LSU offers a collaborative research environment and features a number of state-of-the-art research facilities including the Center for Computation & Technology and the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices.

Qualifications
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, or material science and must have substantial experience with basic atomistic and molecular simulation techniques. Proven background in using first-principles methods to probe molecular transformations and programming experience are desirable. Strong communication skills, including demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with experimentalists, and good judgment and accountability are also required. Applicants must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Technical Questions
To apply please follow the link: http://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56350 For more information about this position please contact Prof. Ye Xu (yexu@lsu.edu). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Wittgenstein-Preis award for 2013 by the Austrian Science Fund goes to physicist Ulrike Diebold

June 25, 2013
CALCD's PI Dr. Ulrike Diebold awarded the Wittgenstein-Preis by the Austrian Science Fund. The Wittgenstein Award is Austria's largest and most prestigious research prize, and it has been awarded by the FWF since 1996. The recipient is provided with a budget of up to EUR 1.5 million for research activities over a period of five years. The Wittgenstein is what is known as a "dry prize," meaning that the funds are only available for the scholar's intended research. Dr. Diebold is the fourth woman to receive the Wittgenstein Award. Read More

Wittgenstein-Preis award for 2013 by the Austrian Science Fund goes to physicist Ulrike Diebold

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Dr. Krijn de Jong received the Award for Excellence in Natural Gas Conversion

May 16, 2013
Professor Krijn de Jong, University of Utrecht, was presented with the Award for Excellence in Natural Gas Conversion in 2013 at the 10th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium in Doha, Qatar. Professor de Jong is recognized for consistently making noteworthy contributions to the field of natural gas conversion and the development of technologies that are likely to play an important role in meeting the world's chemical and fuel requirements in the years ahead. These contributions are based on a powerful combination of scientific excellence, originality and societal relevance. Read more
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NWO-VICI grant awarded to Dr. Petra E. de Jongh

May 16, 2013
Dr. Petra de Jongh, University of Utrecht, received a NWO-VICI grant for her proposal "Stability of Supported Nanoparticles for Sustainable Catalysis". The growth of nanoparticles into larger crystallites is a major cause for the deactivation of functional materials operating under dynamic conditions. This project will explore the mechanism of particle growth and the factors that govern it. Understanding and controlling particle growth is an important step towards realizing the potential of support nanoparticles for sustainable catalysis.
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CALC-D postdoctoral researcher Dr. Gonzalo Prieto to Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau

May 16, 2013
Dr. Gonzalo Prieto, postdoctoral fellow at Department of Chemistry, Group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, University of Utrecht has been selected to participate in the upcoming 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Dr. Prieto was at LSU during Spring 2013 semester with Dr. James J. Spivey's research group, and carried out research with then-graduate student Miranda Smith as part of LSU's Center for Atomic-level Catalyst Design. This meeting will be held from 30 June to 5 July 2013,in Lindau (Germany). Only the most qualified young researchers worldwide can be given the opportunity to enrich and share the unique atmosphere of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Others in the picture are Evelien van Schrojenstein Lantman, PhD student and Javier Ruiz Martinez, postdoctoral fellow and VENI laureate are also selected. They are all with the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group.

CALC-D postdoctoral researcher Dr. Gonzalo Prieto at Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau

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Congratulations to Dr. David S. Sholl, for being appointed as the new School Chair in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

May 15, 2013
CALC-D Professor Dr. David S. Sholl has been has been appointed as the new School Chair in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, College of Engineering, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Sholl is currently the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair and the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability. Read more
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Summer Energy Camp at Baton Rouge Community College & Louisiana State University

May 06, 2013
Energy Venture Camp is designed for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students to learn about careers in energy while having fun.

Experiences will include the following opportunities:

  • Perform many hands-on experiments to explore the entire process of energy development; from how oil and natural gas are formed to the ways various types of energy are used.
  • Build a generator, a motor, a car, a windmill, a solar house and a robot!!
  • Learn how to do basic programming and simulations.
  • Perform simple labs to learn about photosynthesis, distillation, catalysts, pressure, temperature, density, fracking, combustion, how an engine works, and super conductors.
  • Talk to experts about emerging technologies.
  • Learn how energy shapes our world and talk to professionals about careers in energy.
  • Have a unique hands-on experience at the LSU Petroleum and Chemical Engineering labs, the LSU CCT, and the BRCC PTEC lab.
  • Field trips, prizes and more!

Activities will be held at Baton Rouge Community College & Louisiana State University on the following dates:

Monday - Thursday, July 22-25th 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, July 26th 8:00am - 3:00pm
Friday, July 26th Student Presentations 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Snacks, Drinks, and Lunch will be provided. Camp space is limited, offered free of charge, and teachers and parents are welcome. To download the application form Click here.

For more information please contact: E-mail: Jeannette.thompson@dunhamschool.org

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LSU graduate student received the Best Poster Award in the Energy category at Natural Gas Conversion Symposium in Doha, Qatar

March 19, 2013
LSU graduate student Devendra Pakhare received the Best Poster Award in the Energy category at the recent Natural Gas Conversion Symposium in Doha, Qatar, which drew over 350 international delegates. His poster, "Natural Gas to Syngas: Novel and thermally stable Rh substituted pyrochlore (La2Zr2O7) catalysts" was co-authored by Dr. Victor Abdelsayed (NETL), Daniel Haynes (NETL), Dr. Dushyant Shekhawat (NETL), and Dr. James Spivey (LSU) and was one of 5 selected from over 100 presented at this conference.The work is supported by the Dept. of Energy/BES through LSU's Energy Frontier Research Center. Devendra is pictured here with the Conference Organizer, Dragomir Bukur (Texas A&M), and Scientific Committee Chair Alex Bell (UC-Berkeley). He received a certificate, and a cash award.
LSU graduate student Devendra Pakhare received the Best Poster Award in the Energy category at the recent Natural Gas Conversion Symposium in Doha, Qatar

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Dr. James J. Spivey at U. Utrecht (Netherlands)

March 13, 2013
Dr. James J. Spivey met with Center researchers at U. Utrecht ( Netherlands) on Feb. 28 in their new lab building. Pictured here are Gonzalo Prieto, Jerry Spivey, Petra de Jongh, and Nazila Masoud. Research at Utrecht has focused on their electron tomography for catalyst characterization, and novel synthesis methods to create uniform nanoclusters of metals.
Dr. James J. Spivey at U. Utrecht (Netherlands)

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SLAC/Stanford Summer School 2013: Heterogenous Catalysis for Energy Transformations DATES: August 24-31, 2013 LOCATION: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park

January 14, 2013
SUNCAT will hold a Summer School on Catalysis for Energy Transformations from August 24-31, 2013 at SLAC/Stanford University. The school aims to give the participants a thorough introduction to the fundamental concepts underlying heterogeneous catalytic reactions with a special focus on energy transformations. The theoretical and experimental tools for establishing an atomic-level understanding of surface structure, and surface chemical, electrochemical, and photo-electrochemical processes will be discussed in detail in lectures and the participants will be carrying out exercises on the topics covered. The school is aimed at graduate students as well as early career researchers in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, or materials science, with an interest in experimental or theoretical studies of surface chemical processes and their applications in energy transformations, environmental and general chemical processes.

Registration (Who can apply and how to apply): The summer school is for young researchers. Registration fee is set at $300, which covers lectures, course material, social events, welcome reception and summer school dinner. Students are expected to pay for their own housing, lunch and dinner on evenings with no events.

Application deadline: We accept applications before April 1st 2013, but do encourage everybody to apply as soon as possible, since there are a limited number of spots available.

Further information and the detailed program can be found on the web site: Click here

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CECAM/Psi-k International Summer School on Basic Concepts and First-Principles Computations for Surface Science: Applications in Chemical Energy Conversion and Storage to take place in Norderney, Germany, July 21-26, 2013

January 13, 2013
The objective of this CECAM/Psi-k Summer School is to introduce young researchers (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) to the use of first-principles calculations in surface catalysis and basic energy research, providing an overview over state-of-the-art concepts and a perspective on current frontiers and future development. For this leading experts and practitioners from various fields will present overview tutorials, as well "latest news" talks in which they highlight most recent work to illustrate how the fundamental concepts are put into practice in cutting edge applications. Confirmed invited speakers comprise C. Friend, A. Groβ, M. Koper, A. Luntz, N. Marzari, R. Nieminen, J.K. Norskov, A. Rubio, J. Tully, M. Weinelt, Ch. Woell.

Further information and the detailed program can be found on the conference web site: Click here

Norderney is a lovely East Frisian island off the North Sea coast of Germany, about 300km west of Hamburg. Its picturesque setting in the Wattenmeer National Park, a world heritage, will certainly contribute to making this school a premier event, most stimulating to students and lecturers.

The application and poster-abstract submission interfaces for the school are now open. For space reasons, the number of participants will be limited to approx. 100. Deadline for registration and abstract submission is April 1st, 2013.

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Congratulations to Ellen Stevens, Business Manager of CALCD

October 16,2012
Ellen Stevens, Business Manager of CALCD, was recently honored by LSU's Office of Human Resource Management as one of the first graduates of a new Business Manager and Human Resource Certification Program. The program's goal of providing business managers with core knowledge and skills to perform their job at the highest level included 21 continuing education credit hours. This training along with her over 15 years of service at LSU earned her the Master designation.
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Professor Ulrike Diebold (Tech. Univ. Vienna) will be awarded the Adamson award in April 2013

August 27,2012
CALC-D Professor Ulrike Diebold (Tech. Univ. Vienna) will be awarded the Adamson Award in April 2013 at the ACS meeting in New Orleans. The Adamson Award was announced at recently concluded American Chemical Society National Meeting (Philadelphia, PA).

This award recognizes her, "For significantly advancing the fundamental understanding of the surface chemistry of metal oxides, in particular TiO2, through excellent research, writing,and lecturing."

Prof. Diebold leads one of six research projects in the Center, focusing on the specific types of surface science which this award recognizes. Read more
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Dr. Gonzalo Prieto at Synfuels Symposium 2012


July 16,2012
 
In June Dr. Gonzalo Prieto presented the plenary lecture entitled "Strategies towards enhanced sintering resistance of supported Cu catalysts: control over collective nanoparticle properties" at Synfuels Symposium 2012 held in Munich, Germany. His presentation highlighted a large portion of his CALCD research.

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Dr. Gonzalo Prieto invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the nationwide EFRC Newsletter

July 16,2012
Congratulations to Dr. Gonzalo Prieto who has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the nationwide DOE EFRC Newsletter. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis collaborating with Dr. Petra de Jongh at Utrecht University's Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science. Dr. Prieto joins Dr. Sanchita Biswas (LSU CAMD) and Dr. Gareth Parkinson (Institute of Applied Physics, Vienna University of Technology) who have also served on this Board. To view his featured article follow link: http://www.energyfrontier.us/newsletter/201206/thin-oxides-thick-prospects
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Participants in the 2012 REHAMS toured Dr. Spivey's labs

June 19,2012
 
Participants in the 2012 Recruitment into Engineering of High Ability Multicultural Students (REHAMS) toured Dr. Spivey's labs on June 19. These 10th- and 11th-grade students learned how catalysts are made and tested. They also learned about graduate studies in general and chemical engineering as a discipline.

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Dr. Susan Sinnott (U. Florida) has co-authored two articles in the latest issue of MRS Bulletin


June 06,2012
In the latest issue of the MRS Bulletin (MRS BULLETIN - VOLUME 37 - MAY 2012 - www.mrs.org/bulletin), CALC-D PI Susan Sinnott (U. Florida) has co-authored two articles in which she provides perspective on the development of many-body potentials that were introduced in the 1980s. These articles discuss the impact that these potentials have had on materials research and suggest where the field is headed in the future.
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Dr. Challa Kumar awarded funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents to build a "Millifluidic Catalyst Test Kit"


May 25,2012
Dr. Challa Kumar has been awarded funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents to build a "Millifluidic Catalyst Test Kit".  The test kit can be used for testing a number of important reactions catalyzed by metal and metal oxides coated within the channels. This builds on research begun with EFRC support, and exemplifies the importance of developing new ideas based on EFRC funding. 
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CALCD mourns loss of distinguished chemist Dr. Wayne Goodman

March 05,2012
Dr. D. Wayne Goodman, an internationally recognized Texas A&M University chemist whose many pioneering career achievements helped revolutionize physical chemistry, died Monday (Feb. 27) after a long and difficult battle with cancer. He was 66.

The esteemed researcher and teacher, who came to Texas A&M in 1988 as a full professor in the Department of Chemistry. He was named a distinguished professor of chemistry in 2000 and had held the Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair since 1998 after previously serving as a Welch Professor from 1994-98.
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During his nearly 25-year career at Texas A&M, Goodman made countless contributions to teaching and research across many areas of chemistry -- primarily, fundamental issues related to chemisorption and reaction at catalytic surfaces using the full array of modern surface science techniques.

Goodman's record of professional service and related recognition was nothing short of impeccable, as evidenced by one organization in particular: the American Chemical Society (ACS). In addition to selecting Goodman to its inaugural class of fellows named in 2009, the ACS has honored him with its Ipatieff Award (1983), Colloid and Surface Chemistry Award (1993), Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry (2002), Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis (2005) and Southwest Regional Science Award (2010). Read more

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2012 Fellow of the Materials Research Society

Thursday, March 01,2012
Dr. Susan Sinnott, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida has been elected as 2012 Fellow of the Materials Research Society. Dr. Susan Sinnott's citation reads: "For significant contributions and advances in using atomistic computational methods to investigate mechanical behavior and chemical modification of nanomaterials and ion-beam modification of polymer surfaces."

Dr. Sinnott is also a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, The American Vacuum Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. MRS Fellowship is a high honor, with the the number of new Fellows each year capped at 0.2% of the total membership.
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LSU Welcomes CALC-D researchers to the Center's Annual Technical Conference

Friday, October 21,2011
On Oct. 25-27, LSU will host the 3 rd Annual Technical Conference for the Center for Atomic-level Catalyst Design. Over 50 investigators from the US and Europe, along with students and post-docs, will exchange information over the 3 days of the conference. The conference will feature technical presentations, tours of LSU's synchrotron facility , and five short courses on computation and spectroscopy designed to introduce students to the principles and application of various advanced techniques, such as X-ray absorption and density functional theory.

For more information on meeting agenda Click here.

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Dr. Ulrike Diebold at ECOSS-28

Thursday, September 01,2011
 
Dr. Ulrike Diebold gave a plenary lecture at ECOSS-28, the major conference on Surface Science in Europe. The talk was delivered in an unusual location - on stage at the opera house of Wroclaw, Poland. CALC-D members Gareth Parkinson and Zbynek Novotny presented their recent work on Fe3O4 surfaces in contributed talks at the same conference.

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Congratulations to Ellen Stevens, Business Manager for LSU’s Center for Atomic-level Catalyst Design


Tuesday, July 12,2011
Ellen Stevens, Business Manager for LSU’s Center for Atomic-level Catalyst Design received the College of Engineering’s Education Award, which consists of $400 and a certificate recognizing her continuing education. The award is based on recommendations by her supervisors.
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CALCD team members Dr. Sanchita Biswas and Dr. Gareth Parkinson selected to serve on the editorial board of the nationwide EFRC Newsletter



Friday, July 01,2011
Congratulations to CALCD team members Drs. Sanchita Biswas and Gareth Parkinson on being selected to serve on the editorial board of the nationwide EFRC newsletter. Sanchita, a post doc working with Dr. Challa Kumar at LSU’s CAMD since October, is involved with wet-chemical synthesis of controlled ultra-small nanoclusters using microreactors. She is looking forward to this opportunity to exchange and discuss cutting edge ideas. Gareth has been working with CALCD since its inception in August 2009 as a post doc with Dr. Ulrike Diebold at the Institute of Applied Physics, Vienna University of Technology. His research focuses  on the catalytic properties of iron oxide surfaces. Serving on the editorial board will provide him with an opportunity to “present our work (EFRC’S) in a manner that the non-specialist, and even more crucially, the non-scientist, can appreciate.” Please contact Sanchita sbiswas@lsu.edu or Gareth gareth.parkinson@tuwien.ac.at to discuss any potential newsletter items.

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Summer Intern 2011, Sandra Johansson from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden at LSU

Friday, July 01,2011
Sandra Johansson, currently pursuing her master's degree at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, is spending the summer working on research with mentor Sarthak Gaur in Dr. Spivey’s labs at LSU. The focus of her research is characterization of atomically-precise Au clusters supported on titania and demonstrating their catalytic activity. This work is being done in collaboration with computational scientist, Dr. David Bruce at Clemson as part of an on-going project involving correlation of LSU’s experimental results with the computational results developed at Clemson.
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Dr. James Spivey delivered a series of invited lectures at East China University

EFRC Director James Spivey delivered a series of invited lectures to graduate students and Post-docs at the East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai, China) between  June 20-24. He was a guest of Prof. Yifan Han in the Chemical Engineering Dept. East China University is one of the largest scientific institutions in China, with more than 25,000 students in various areas of science, including over 6,800 post-graduates.
Prof. Spivey’s lectures included results of research on the synthesis/characterization/computational analysis of supported Au clusters---work supported by LSU’s Center for Atomic-level Catalyst Design (one of the Dept. of Energy’s EFRCs).  The research is carried out by  Research Professor Challa Kumar and graduate student Sarthak Gaur at LSU, along with Prof. David Bruce at Clemson University. In addition, LSU is hosting student Sandra Johansson from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) over the summer as part of the research team on this project.

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Dr. Challa Kumar to present at the 6th Workshop of "Chemical and Biological Micro Laboratory Technology", on March 20-22, 2012 in Ilmenau/Elgersburg


Dr. Challa Kumar will be giving a keynote presentation at the 6th Workshop "Chemical and Biological Micro Laboratory Technology", to be conducted on March 20-22, 2012 in Ilmenau/Elgersburg is jointly organized by the TU Ilmenau, the Institute of Photonic Technology Jena, as well as the Institute for Bioprocessing, Analytical Measurement Techniques Heiligenstadt and LEG Thüringen and supported by BioMST e.V. The workshop is one of the important gatherings of international experts in the field of micro reaction technologies dealing with topics ranging from new strategies in micro reaction technology for synthesis and characterization to applications in catalysis, analytical chemistry, diagnostics and single molecule analysis. space control

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