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Nimir Elbashir

petroleum Engineering
Texas A&M University at Qatar


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. 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 ( 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

Research Interest

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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ​Elbashir, N. O., Mirodatos C., Holmen, A., Bukur D. B., (2014) "Natural Gas Conversion: Current Status and the Potentials" Catalysis Today. 228;1-4.

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