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
- TEES Fellow, Texas A&M University, 1989-90, 1990-91.
- Senior TEES Fellow,Texas A&M University, 1991
- Halliburton Award of Excellence, Texas A&M University, 1993.
- Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Research, Texas A&M University, 1994.
- AIChE South Texas Section, Best Fundamental Paper Award for 1989, 1995.
- AIChE South Texas Section, Best Applied Paper Award for 1996.
International Editorial Board of Chemical Industry, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1995 -).
Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2000.
Halliburton Professor 2003, Texas A&M University, 2003.
International Advisory Board of Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly, Belgrade, Serbia (2005 -).
Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship in Chemical Engineering, August 2006
Vice-Chairman of the Natural Gas Conversion Board (2013-2015)
International Scientific Advisory Board (2013-2015) for the triennial Natural Gas Conversion Symposium
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).