Rodney Andrews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research

Research Areas: Activated carbon materials, Agriculture, Biotechnology, carbon fiber formation, Carbon materials, Energy, Environment, Nanotube synthesis, Nanotube-polymer and nanotube-carbon composite materials, Pitch chemistry and characterization

University of Kentucky, College of Engineering
Center for Applied Energy Research - CAER
2540 Research Park Dr
Lexington, KY 40511-8410
Phone: 859-257-0200

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. – Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1999

B.S. – Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1994


2009-Present        Interim Director, Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing R&D Center

2007-Present        Director, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky.

2006-2007            Acting Director, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky.

2003-2006            Associate Director and Engineer Associate Program Manager II Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky

2003-2007            Assistant Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky.

2001-2003            Assoc.Engineer III, Center for Applied Energy Research, UKy

1999-2001            Associate Engineer II- Research, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky.

Jan. 1997    & Dec. 1995          Visiting Researcher, Institute for Advanced Materials Studies, Kyushu University, Kyushu, Japan.

Selected Publications

  • Bradley, R.H., Cassity, K., Andrews, R., Meier, M., Osbeck, S., Andreu, A., Johnston, C.,
    Crossley, A. Surface studies of hydroxylated multi-wall carbon nanotubes (2012) Applied Surface
    Science, 258 (11), pp. 4835-4843.
  • Bradley, R.H., Andreu, A., Cassity, K., Osbeck, S., Andrews, R., Meier, M., Johnston, C.
    Dependence of water vapour adsorption on the polarity of the graphene surfaces of multi-wall
    carbon nanotubes (2010) Adsorption Science and Technology, 28 (10), pp. 903-912.
  • Mangu, R., Rajaputra, S., Clore, P., Qian, D., Andrews, R., Singh, V.P. Ammonia sensing
    properties of multiwalled carbon nanotubes embedded in porous alumina templates (2010)
    Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology, 174 (1-3),
    pp. 2-8.
  • Satarkar, N.S., Johnson, D., Marrs, B., Andrews, R., Poh, C., Gharaibeh, B., Saito, K., Anderson,
    K.W., Hilt, J.Z. Hydrogel-MWCNT nanocomposites: Synthesis, characterization, and heating with
    radiofrequency fields (2010) Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 117 (3), pp. 1813-1819.
  • Han, S.G., Andrews, R., Gairola, C.G. Acute pulmonary response of mice to multi-wall carbon
    nanotubes (2010) Inhalation Toxicology, 22 (4), pp. 340-347.
  • Crocker, M., Andrews, R. The rationale for biofuels (2010) RSC Energy and Environment
    Series, 2010 (1), pp. 1-25.
  • Andrews, R.J., Rantell, T., Jacques, D., Hower, J.C., Steven Gardner, J., Amick, M. Mild coal
    extraction for the production of anode coke from Blue Gem coal (2010) Fuel, 89 (9), pp. 2640-
  • Crofcheck, C., Montross, M.D., Berkovich, A., Andrews, R. The effect of temperature on the mild
    solvent extraction of white and red oak (2005) Biomass and Bioenergy, 28 (6), pp. 572-578.
  • Derbyshire, F., Jagtoyen, M., Andrews, R., Rao, A., Martin-Gullon I., Grulke, E. “Carbon materials
    in environmental applications” in Chemistry and Physics of Carbon, L. Radovic, ed., 27, New
    York: Marcel Dekker, 2000.
  • Derbyshire, F., Andrews, R., Jacques, D., Jagtoyen, M., Kimber, G., Rantell, T. Synthesis of
    isotropic carbon fibers and activated carbon fibers from pitch precursors. (2001) Fuel, 80 (3), pp.
  • Andrews, R., Jacques, D., Rao, A.M., Derbyshire, F., Qian, D., Fan, X., Dickey, E.C., Chen, J.
    Continuous production of aligned carbon nanotubes: A step closer to commercial realization.
    (1999) Chemical Physics Letters, 303 (5-6), pp. 467-474.
  • Qian, D., Dickey, E.C., Andrews, R., Rantell, T. Load transfer and deformation mechanisms in
    carbon nanotube-polystyrene composites. (2000) Applied Physics Letters, 76 (20), pp. 2868-
  • Majumder, M., Chopra, N., Andrews, R., Hinds, B.J. Nanoscale hydrodynamics: Enhanced flow in
    carbon nanotubes (2005) Nature, 438 (7064), p. 44.
  • Hinds, B.J., Chopra, N., Rantell, T., Andrews, R., Gavalas, V., Bachas, L.G. Aligned multiwalled
    carbon nanotube membranes. (2004) Science, 303 (5654), pp. 62-65.