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Energy and Fuel Processing, Catalysis

Research in the areas of energy, fuel processing and catalysis at Texas A&M at Qatar’s Chemical Engineering Program is conducted by several of our faculty members. The overall goal is the development of future technologies and products for oil and natural gas processing and monetization. This is being achieved by addressing both fundamental science and practical engineering problems related to these technologies.
Currently focus of the studies done by our research groups is on:
  • Fluid Properties (e.g. thermodynamic properties of fluids measured both experimentally and with the support of the computational chemistry, phase behavior studies, physical and chemical characteristics of fluids, etc.)
  • Gas Processing Technologies (Gas-to-Liquid technology: catalysts, reactors, fluids and fuels formulation and properties, experimental and modeling, safety of gas processing technologies, etc.) 
State-of-the-art laboratories presently existing at Texas A&M at Qatar include:
  • Applied Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Laboratory.
  • Fuel Characterization Laboratory​.
  • Sustainable Energy Research Laboratory.    

Applied Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Laboratory

This laboratory has ventilated hoods, cylinder cabinets (for flammable and poisonous gases) and CO/flammable detectors. At the present time we have two fixed bed reactors (ca. 30 cc), one slurry reactor unit (100 ml), and several gas chromatographs for analysis of gas and liquid products: Agilent 7890, Carle AGC 400, Bruker 450, and Varian 3400 Series, plus GC/MS unit by Agilent (5975C).

Instruments for catalyst characterization are: BET surface area analyzer (Micromeritics - TriStar); Simultaneous TGA/DSC unit (TA Instruments – Model Q600), Multipurpose Catalyst Characterization Unit for temperature-programmed reduction, oxidation and/or desorption studies (Micromeritics –AutoChem II 2920), Pulse Chemisorption unit (Micromeritics – Pulse Chemisorb 2705), FTIR and Raman spectrometer (ThermoScientific).

Intensifying methane reforming by combining carbonate and chemical looping

Utilization of MRI and NMR in the Visualization of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Reaction Behavior

Development and Characterization of high strength steel for down-hole application in sour environment with superior corrosion an wear resistance

Kinetics of Slurry Phase Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis on a Cobalt Catalyst

Development of Novel-Fischer Tropsch Reactor Technology for Operation in Near Critical and Supercritical Fluids Condition

Characterizations and Formulation of Synthetic Jet Fuels

Equations of State for Confined Fluids

Equations of State for Polar and Electrolyte Solutions

Solar Hybrid Hydrogen Production Cycle with in-situ Thermal Energy Storage

Design Manufacturing and Testing of a Novel Aperture-Cavity System for Enhanced Solar Reactor Technology

Emission free co-production of carbon nanotubes and hydrogen via concentrated solar energy

Development and Validation of Molecular-Based Models for the prediction of Thermodynamic and Transport properties of CO2 - Brine Mixtures

Gas Storage and Transportation and Separation Process Development based on Hydrates

Molecular Simulation of Diffusion and Solubility of Hydrogen, Carbon Monoxide and Water in Heavy n-Alkanes

Design of Novel Materials Based on Ionic Liquids for CO2 Capture from Power Plants and for Efficient Gas Separation Processes