Dr. Nimir Elbashir
Texas A and M University
Dr. Elbashir is a professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Director of the Fuel Research Center of Texas A&M University; a major research center that involves 19 faculty members from both the Qatar and College Station campuses of Texas A&M University. His research activities is focused on design of reactors and catalysts for Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) technology, petrochemical conversions, and CO2 utilization. In addition, Dr. Elbashir is the Director of Texas A&M Qatar Fuel Characterization Lab, a research lab that is supporting major research activities in the advancements of synthetic fuels and chemicals obtained from natural gas in collaboration with GE(Oil& Gas); OryxGTL; and Shell and world leading academic institutions. Biography Dr. Elbashir is holding a joint appointment as a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Program and the Petroleum Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He is the Director of Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Gas and Fuels Research Center; a major research center that involves 27 faculty members from both the Qatar and College Station campuses of Texas A&M University (http://gfrc.tamu.edu/). Dr. Elbashir is also the Chair of the ORYX GTL Gas-to-Liquid Technology Excellence Program. He has extensive research and teaching experience from four different countries around the world, including his previous position as researcher at BASF R&D Catalysts Center in Iselin, New Jersey. The focus of his research activities is the design of advanced reactors, catalysts and conversion processes for natural gas, coal and CO2 to ultra-clean fuels and value added chemicals. He has established several unique global research collaboration models between academia and industry with research funds exceeding twelve million dollars during the past six years. He holds several US and European patents and a large number of scientific publications in form of peer reviewed journals, conference papers, technical industry reports as well as invited and conference presentations. The scholarship of his research activities has been recognized by awards from Qatar Foundation, BASF Corp., the Gordon Research Conferences, Texas A&M University Qatar, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Shell, and the 3rd and 4th International Gas Processing Conference. Education 2004 Doctor of Philosophy Chemical Engineering, Auburn University 1998 Master of Engineering (Chemical), Universiti teknologi Malysia 1994 Bachelor of Science First Class Honors, Chemical Engineering, University of Khartoum Experience 2012 - Present Associate Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar 2008 - 2012 Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar. 2005 - 2007 Researcher, BASF (The Chemical Company) Catalysts Research team. 2004 - 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow, Auburn University. 2001 - 2004 Graduate Research Assistant, Auburn University. 1998 - 2001 Research Scientist, King Saud University-Riyadh Awards Awards • 2013 Qatar Shell recognition for research accomplishments for the GTL Jet Fuels’ Consortium and research support. • 2012 Qatar Foundation Best Energy & Environment Research Program of the Year. (US$100,000 Award) (October 2012). • 2012 The Visualization Competition Fist Place Award (US$6,000 Award sponsored by Qatar Foundation & Texas A&M Qatar University) • 2012 First Place Poster Award in the 3rd International Gas Processing Conference for my research team composed of undergraduate students (US$1,000 Award) (Gas Processing Center and Qatar University), • 2011 Nominated by the office of Eni award for 2011th Award on “Frontier on Hydrocarbon Resources” on research activities related to the advancement of the design of Fischer- Tropsch synthesis technology (Italy, 2011), • 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Students Chapter at Texas A&M at Qatar (TAMUQ) Appreciation Award (Doha) • 2009 Office of Students and Community Relations of TAMUQ Appreciation certificate for outstanding support of students’ activities (Doha) • 2006 BASF Corporation Special Award from the Environmental Technology Business Team (Iselin, New Jersey, September 2006), • 2205 Gordon Research Conference “Hydrocarbon Resources” 2005 Best Scientific Quality and Graphical Layout Award (Ventura Los Angeles) • 2004 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2004 Award for the Best Poster in Kinetics, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (AIChE 2004 Annual Meeting in Austin Texas, November, 2004), • 2002 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2002 Award for the Best Poster in Advances in Extraction (AIChE Annual Meeting in Indianapolis Indiana, November 2002), • 2002 Auburn University Graduate Research Fellowship, the Dean of Graduate School Award for the Superior Graduate Students from Fall Semester 2002 till Fall Semester 2004, Dr. Elbashir’s Research Team Awards: 1. Samah Warrag, a master student, received the Texas A&M University 2014 Richard E. Ewing Graduate Student Research Excellence Award (May 2014). 2. Moiz Bohra, a senior Chemical Engineering Student, received the Texas A&M University 2014 Richard E. Ewing Undergraduate Student Research Excellence Award (May 2014). 3. Jan Blank and Rehan Hussain Best Presentation Award in Spring Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) meeting in New Orleans (March 2014). 4. Dr. Elbashir’s graduate and undergraduate students received Qatar Shell’s travel award to join the Shale Gas Monetization Workshop in Montgomery, Texas (US$10,000) (March 2014). 5. Dr. Elbashir’s graduate and undergraduate students received Sasol’s travel award to join the Shale Gas Monetization Workshop in Montgomery, Texas (US$10,000) (March 2014). 6. Dr .Elbashir’s research team received the Harry West Award Plaques from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in recognition for their study on Synthetic Jet Fuels obtained from Natural Gas via Gas-to-Liquid Technology (December 2013). 7. Moiz Bohra, undergraduate student, received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2013 First Place Poster Award under the category of Energy, Petrochemicals and Fuels presented during the AIChE Annual Meeting (San Francisco, California November 2013)). 8. Laial Bani Nassr, master student, received the Qatar Foundation’s 2nd Place Best Poster Award under the category of “Energy & Environment” during Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Conference (ARC’13) (Doha, Qatar November 2013). 9. Dr. Elbashir’s research team received Shell’s Travel Award to join the 2013 Annual American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego, California (US$10,000) (March 2012). 10. Dr. Elbashir’s team received the Best Research Team Award from the Chemical Engineering Program at TAMUQ (April 2012) 11. Dr. Elbashir’s undergraduate students’ research team received the First Place Poster Award from the 3rd International Gas Processing Conference (US $1,000 Award) (Doha, Qatar on March 2012). 12. Dr. Elbashir’s researchers received Excellence of Research Recognition from the Energy & Fuels Division of the American Chemical Society (March2011, San Diego Meeting). 13. Dr. Elbashir’s team received Shell’s Travel Award for Synthetic Jet Fuels Project (US$10,000) (February 2013).
3. Elmalik, E.; Raza, B.; Warrag, S.; Ramadhan, H.; Alborzi, E.; Elbashir, N. O. (2014) "Role of Hydrocarbon Building Blocks on GTL Derived Synthetic Jet Fuel Characteristics" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research .53 (5), 1856–1865.
2. Bukur, D. B., Elbashir, N. O. (2013) "Gas Conversion: The Clean Energy of the Future is the Theme of NGCS-10" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 53(5) 1719-1719.
1. Elbashir, N. O., Mirodatos C., Holmen, A., Bukur D. B., (2014) "Natural Gas Conversion: Current Status and the Potentials" Catalysis Today. 228;1-4.