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Dr. Dragomir Bukur

professor
Chemical Engineering
Texas A and M University
Qatar

Biography

A multiple award winner for furthering knowledge in his field, Dragomir Bukur's research interests are in the areas of gas (or coal)-to-liquids technology, applied catalysis and multiphase reaction systems. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 publications and has made more than 170 presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Bukur's areas of research are: Chemical reaction engineering and catalysis Conversion of natural gas- (coal- or biomass-) derived synthesis gas to transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis Catalyst synthesis and testing in fixed bed and stirred tank slurry reactors, and catalyst characterization by a variety of physico-chemical methods. Engineering aspects of multiphase reactor design and scale-up, including kinetic modeling of complex reactions. Education Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 1974 Master of Science, University of Minnesota, 1974 Bachelor of Science in Chemical Technology, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Serbia), 1970 Experience 2005-present Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar 2006-present J.M. Nesbit Professor, Texas A&M University 2006-2007 Chemical Engineering Program Coordinator, Texas A&M University at Qatar 2002 Visiting Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia 2002-2005  Associate Head for Departmental programs, Texas A&M University. Texas, USA 1998-2001 Associate Department Head, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA 1992 Visiting Professor, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, USA 1987-present Professor, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA 1981-1987 Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA 1980-1981 Senior Research Engineer, Mobil Research and Development Co., Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA 1979-1980 Research Associate, University of Houston, Houston, USA 1975-1978 Assistant Professor, University of Novi Sad in Yugoslavia, Serbia  

Research Interest

Chemical reaction engineering and catalysis Conversion of natural gas- (coal- or biomass-) derived synthesis gas to transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis Catalyst synthesis and testing in fixed bed and stirred tank slurry reactors, and catalyst characterization by a variety of physico-chemical methods. Engineering aspects of multiphase reactor design and scale-up, including kinetic modeling of complex reactions.

Publications

  • Ma, W., Jacobs, G., Keogh, R., Bukur, D. B. and Davis, B. H., “Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: Effect of Pd, Pt, Re, and Ru noble metal promoters on the activity and selectivity of a 25%Co/Al2O3 catalyst”, Applied Catalysis A, Vol. 437-438, 1-9 (2012).

  • Bukur, D.B., Pan, Z., Ma, W., Jacobs, G. and Davis, B.H., "Effect of CO conversion on the product distribution of a Co/Al2O3 Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst using a fixed bed reactor", Catal. Letters, Vol. 142, 1382-1387 (2012).

  • Todic, B., Bhatelia, T., Froment, G.F., Ma, W., Jacobs, G., Davis, B.H. and Bukur, D.B., “Kinetic Model of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis in a Slurry Reactor on a Co-Re/Al2O3 Catalyst”, I&EC Research, Vol. 52, 669-679 (2013).

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