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Crystal Kinetics Laboratory
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Mineralogy - Geochemistry - Dynamics
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@ WKU The primary goal of the group's research is to quantify the mobility and behavior of molecular species in, on, and around natural and engineered crystalline materials as they pertain to the problems and issues in society.
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ATTN: CK Lab Western Kentucky Univeristy Geography and Geology 1906 College Heights Blvd Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Dr. Celestian's GitHub repository updated, well, it's really just being started. It now includes a script to compile all your time-resolved Raman or XRD into Pandas for plotting.  Using a second script (plot_data.py), you can make 3D line plots, 3D surface plots with or without contour map, or just a contour map.  It works pretty well at making some high resolution images.  All the source code is free, and there are some instructions to get you started.  This is just a starting point.  Future updates will likely include some basic statistics and ways of compare both XRD and Raman data under the exact same experimental conditions.
3D-plotting-Raman-XRD-series - take times series data, e.g. Raman or XRD, and plots in 3D and contour
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A nice explanation of Fourier transforms with animations!

http://betterexplained.com/articles/an-interactive-guide-to-the-fourier-transform/

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An interesting and easy to read primer in crystallography and inorganic chemistry.  Could be a useful reference while studying!
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Today's Google Doodle (May 12, 2014) is the structure of penicillin in honor of Dorothy Hodgkin's Birthday! 
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The American Climber Science Program at Everest Base Camp.  There are some very bad things happening there: largest avalanche ever killing dozens and outbreaks of violence.  Read more and stay up to date.  The ACSP researchers are detoured off the mountain for their (and their guides) safety.
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Michael Powers (WKU alumnus of the CK group) has just been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Congratulations Michael!

Michael is currently working toward his PhD at Oklahoma State University. This is the second year in a row that a CK lab member has been awarded an #NSFGRF .  Shelby Rader was awarded a NSF-GRF in 2013.    

Powers is a doctoral candidate in the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, and earned a Geology B.S. in May 2013.  While at WKU, Powers studied ion exchange and synthesis of microporous materials under the supervision of Prof. Aaron Celestian.  As an undergraduate student, Powers conducted research at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory and won an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Fellowship to study at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  Powers presented his work at numerous local and international conferences.

Powers join fellow WKU Geology alum Shelby Rader as Graduate Research Fellows.  Rader was awarded the fellowship in 2013 for her doctoral research in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona.  Rader first came to WKU as a Gatton Academy student and continued her undergraduate studies in the Honors College.  She graduated from WKU with B.S. degrees in Geology and Chemistry in May 2012. Rader also worked with Prof. Celestian, and the research of Powers, Rader, and Celestian was published in the journal American Mineralogist in July of 2013.
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Journalysis is a free service for academic authors run by academic authors for reviewing experiences with academic journals. We're incredibly excited to have only just had our soft launch, so the site will be undergoing some minor changes in aesthetics over the coming weeks.
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The lab has a new instagram page.  Check it out.  
http://instagram.com/crystal_kinetics_lab/

We will be posting pictures of minerals and lab related events often.
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Dr. Celestian's research is highlighted in the American Chemical Society Annual Report!  Check it out!
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New paper showing preliminary results on black carbon and dust on alpine glaciers by the American Climber Science Program (includes Dr. Celestian). More dust data to come!
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Justin Cave (2014 WKU new graduate student #WKUGRF  ) working with Dr. Celestian wins a Graduate Research Fellowship!  Congratulations Justin!

The main goal of his project is to develop and characterize new materials at WKU for advanced oil separation/refinement, which will ultimately lead to better usage of Kentucky’s natural energy resources.

Nanoporous materials have a long and important history in petroleum sciences, and shockingly, much of the material used in crude oil refinement has not changed appreciably (incremental advancements aside) in the last 40 years. The increasing costs of producing refinement materials and the processing of non-conventional resources (natural tar and other high viscosity petroleum) choke the refinement process, which leads to inefficiency, decreased recovery, and increased expenses by volume.

Much of Kentucky’s non-conventional crude is locked in near-surface tar sandstones. Besides being difficult to separate the tar from the sand, these tar sands are also a significant source of groundwater pollution in Kentucky. Currently these natural deposits have been treated as environmental contaminants. There is good reason for this – much of the oil reservoir contains toxic aromatic compounds and heavy metals (such as vanadium and nickel, both have long lists of adverse health effects), and these toxins are easily leached by ground water flow.

The M.S. research of Mr. Cave will therefore have two linked parts. The first will be to develop an inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient material to transform Kentucky’s heavy crude into a more unusable and valuable commodity. The second will be to apply these same, or related, materials to environmental remediation of regions where tar sands are present.
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