Th@U to feature Carney

By UW-Barron County

The next Thursdays @ the U lecture on February 27 will feature chemist Mike Carney speaking on “Undergraduate Research with an Industrial Sponsor: Challenges and Opportunities.” This presentation will be held from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake.  All series presentations are open to the public free of charge. 

Since 2004 Carney, a UW-Eau Claire Chemistry Department faculty member, and several UW-EC undergraduates have engaged in a research collaboration with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem).  The research involves the design, synthesis and evaluation of transition metal compounds as catalysts for the formation of linear alpha olefins (LAO), a class of short chain hydrocarbons used to manufacture plastics, detergents, motor oil additives, personal care items, and various wax formulations.   

Carney’s talk will focus on the collaboration partners and the commercial significance of the research program.  The benefits to UW-Eau Claire, especially the training of undergraduates for research careers, and CPChem will be discussed along with some of the challenges of working with an industrial sponsor. 

The next Thursdays @ the U presentation will be on March 6 featuring Dr. James Scherz, UW-Madison Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Emeritus speaking on the “Ancient Copper Trade in Barron County.”

The Thursdays @ the U Lecture Series is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation.  For more information, contact the campus at 715-234-8176.


Barb Lang