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Dr. Dragomir Bukur

Dr. Dragomir Bukur


Office Number: 219S
Office Phone: +974.4423.0134

​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.


  • 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


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

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA


Senior Research Engineer, Mobil Research and Development Co., Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA


Research Associate, University of Houston, Houston, USA


Assistant Professor, University of Novi Sad in Yugoslavia, Serbia


  1. ​TEES Fellow, Texas A&M University, 1989-90, 1990-91.
  2. Senior TEES Fellow,Texas A&M University, 1991
  3. Halliburton Award of Excellence, Texas A&M University, 1993.
  4. Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Research, Texas A&M University, 1994.
  5. AIChE South Texas Section, Best Fundamental Paper Award for 1989, 1995.
  6. AIChE South Texas Section, Best Applied Paper Award for 1996.


  1. International Editorial Board of Chemical Industry, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1995 -).
  2. Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2000.
  3. Halliburton Professor 2003, Texas A&M University, 2003.
  4. International Advisory Board of Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly, Belgrade, Serbia (2005 -).
  5. Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship in Chemical Engineering, August 2006
  6. Vice-Chairman of the Natural Gas Conversion Board (2013-2015)
  7. International Scientific Advisory Board (2013-2015) for the triennial Natural Gas Conversion Symposium


  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. Jacobs, G., Ma, W., Gao, P., Todic, B., Bhatelia, T., Bukur, D. B. and Davis, B. H., “Fischer-Tropsch Synthessis: Differences Observed in Local Atomic Structure and selectivity with Pd Compared to Typical Promoters (Pt, Re, Ru) of Co/Al2O3 Catalysts”, Topics in Catalysis, Vol. 55, 811-817 (2012).
  5. Vo, D-VN., Cooper, C. G., Ngyen, T-H., Adesina, A. and Bukur, D. B., “Evaluation of alumina-supported Mo carbide produced via propane carburization for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis”, Fuel, Vol. 93, 105-116 (2012).
  6. Pan, Z. and Bukur, D. B., “Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis on Co/ZnO Catalyst – Effect of Pretreatment Procedure”, Applied Catalysis A, Vol. 404, 74-80 (2011).
  7. Ma, W., Jacobs, G., Ji, Y., Bhatelia, T., Bukur, D., Khalid, S. and Davis, B. H., “Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: influence of CO conversion on selectivities, H2/CO usage ratios, and catalyst stability for a Ru promoted Co/Al2O3 catalyst using a slurry phase reactor “, Topics in Catalysis, Vol. 54, 757-767 (2011).
  8. Bhatelia, T., Ma, W., Davis, B., Jacobs, G. and Bukur, D., “Kinetics of the Fischer-Tropsch reaction over a Ru promoted Co/Al2O3 catalyst in a slurry reactor”, Chemical Engineering Transactions,Vol. 25, 707-712 (2011).
  9. Carreto-Vazquez, V.H., Y.-S. Liu, D.B. Bukur and M.S. Mannan, "Chip-Scale Calorimeters - Potential Use in Chemical Engineering," Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Vol 24, 34-42 (2011).
  10. Yan, Z., Bukur, D.B. and Goodman, D. W., “Silica-supported rhodium-cobalt catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis”, Catalysis Today, Vol 160, 39-43 (2011).
  11. Carreto-Vazquez, V.H., A. K. Wójcik, Y.-S. Liu, D.B. Bukur, and M.S. Mannan, “Miniaturized Calorimeter for Thermal Screening of Energetic Materials,” Microelectronics Journal, Vol. 41(12), 874-881 (2010).
  12. Bukur, D.B., Carreto-Vazquez, V.H. and Ma, W., “Catalytic performance and attrition strength of spray-dried iron catalysts for slurry phase Fischer-Tropsch synthesis”, Applied Catalysis A, Vol. 388, 240-247 (2010).
  13. Elbashir, N. O., Bukur, D. B., Durham, E. and Roberts, C. B., “Advancement in Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis via Utilization of Supercritical Fluids as a Reaction Media”, AIChE Journal, Vol. 56 (4), 997-1015 (2010).
  14. Yan, Z., Wang, Z., Bukur, D.B. and Goodman, D. W., “Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis on a Model Co/SiO2 Catalyst”, Journal of Catalysis, Vol. 268 (2), 181-190 (2009).