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CEBC Colloquium Goes 3D

Monday, February 16, 2009

Dr. Robert Morton treated CEBC to a memorable, and unusual, colloquium on Feb. 12, 2009

First, Dr. Morton presented his work at ConocoPhillips where he helped to create a commercially viable and environmentally beneficial technology to remove sulfur from Syngas.   By reducing the amount of sulfur to ultra low levels (ppm), the resulting Syngas is much cleaner for power generation and less likely to cause harmful acid rain.  This technology is being licensed to processing plants world-wide. 

But, Dr. Morton also has a unique science hobby – he is an X-ray imaging enthusiast. 

In his spare time, he and his family have imaged fossilized dinosaur bones at NASA and used Stanford’s Linear Accelerator X-ray beam to confirm that an ancient parchment paper was actually the Archimedes Palimpsest.  He has even been on the Discovery Channel talking about this work.


With the help of new X-ray imaging technologies, Dr. Morton has been able to reveal the chemical makeup of different specimens. The cool part is that these images are in 3D, exposing the spatial location of the “Chemical Fossil” record. 

Dr. Morton, materials scientist and licensed pyro-technician, had these words of advice for students:  “You don’t know that what you learn now is going to be valuable later.”


CEBC Calendar

September 13, Wednesday - Mandatory Lab Safety Meeting
All researchers at 1501 Wakarusa Dr. must attend

9:00 a.m. in Building B seminar room

September 19, Tuesday - CEBC Colloquium
Dr. David Sholl, Chair of Georgia Tech School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
"New Nanoporous Materials for Practical Applications Using Computation Modeling - How Close Is the Dream to Reality?"

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room
10:00 a.m. discussion with students

October 16 & 17, Monday & Tuesday - CEBC Fall Industry Advisory Board Meeting
Registration is Open - click here!

Monday 12:00-7:30 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Avenue, Lawrence
Tuesday 8:30-noon at the CEBC Complex, 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Lawrence

November 7, Tuesday - CEBC Industry Colloquium
Dr. Brandon Emme, Cellulose Team Leader, ICM, Inc.
"Title TBA"

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room
10:00 a.m. discussion with students

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