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Dr. Nimir Elbashir

Dr. Nimir Elbashir

Professor and Chair of Petroleum Engineering /Professor of Chemical Engineering / Director, TEES Gas & Fuels Research Center, Chairman, ORYX GTL Gas-to-Liquid Excellence Program

Office Number: 204Q
Office Phone: +974.4423.0128


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 30 professors from both Texas A&M University main campus in College Station and Qatar campus (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 midstream and downstream natural gas processing units including reactors, catalysts and conversion processes to ultra-clean fuels and value added chemicals. He has established several unique global research collaboration models between academia and industry with research funds of multiple million dollars. 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, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Shell, ORYX GTL and others.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering, December 2004

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

  • Master of Engineering (Chemical), January 1998

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia

  • Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Chemical Engineering with First Class Honors, December 1994; University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan.

Specialty: Chemical Engineering, graduated with First Class-Honors.

Experience

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering & Professor of Petroleum Engineering: September 2016-present
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering (Texas A&M at Doha, Qatar): July 2012 – 2016
  • Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering (Texas A&M at Doha, Qatar): February 2015 – Present
  • Director of TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center (Texas A&M University): November 2015 – present
  • Chair of ORYX GTL Gas to Liquid Technology Excellence Program (Texas A&M University at Qatar) October 2015- present
  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering (Texas A&M at Doha, Qatar): January 2008 – July 2012
  • Researcher: BASF Catalysts (Iselin, New Jersey): August 2005 – December 2007
  • Post Doctoral Researcher: Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama): November 2004 – July 2005
  • Graduate Research Assistant: Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama): August 2001 – November 2004
  • Research Scientist: King Saud University and SABIC R&T (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)-joint research: April 1998 – July 2001.

Awards

  1. 2017th Faculty Excellence Award, Texas A&M University Qatar, April 2017.
  2. 2017th Texas A&M University Laboratory Safety Excellence Award, April 2017
  3. Texas engineering Experiment Station 2016th Genesis Research Excellence Award for establishing and leading multimillions research projects in collaboration with industry (November 2016).
  4. Texas A&M University Association Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching – College Level (Fall 2015).
  5. The Dean’s Leadership Award for Outstanding Service (April 2015).
  6. The First Place Best Paper Award in the 4th International Gas Processing Conference (with Ibrahim Al-Nuaimi (Master Student) and Professor Mahmoud El-Halwagi (November 2014).
  7. Best Paper Presentation Award in the Spring Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) in New Orleans, Louisiana (March 2014)
  8. Shell’s Research Accomplishment Recognition Award in the GTL Jet Fuels’ Consortium (Doha, Qatar May 2013).
  9. Qatar Foundation’s 2012 Best Energy & Environment Research Program of the Year. During the Joint Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum and Arab Expatriate Scientists Network Symposium (US$100,000 Award) (Doha, Qatar October 2012).
  10. The Scientific Visualization Competition First Place Award (US$6,000 Award sponsored by Qatar Foundation & Texas A&M Qatar University) (with my student Jahanur Abul Hasanat) (Doha, Qatar May 2012).
  11. American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Students’ Chapter at Texas A&M at Qatar (TAMUQ) Excellence Recognition Award (Doha, Qatar June 2009),
  12. Office of Students and Community Relations of Texas A&M Qatar Outstanding Support Award (Doha, Qatar June 2009).
  13. BASF Corporation Special Award from the Environmental Technology Business Team in recognition for unique accomplishment in supporting the environmental business team (Iselin, New Jersey September 2006).
  14. Gordon Research Conference “Hydrocarbon Resources” 2005 Best Scientific Quality and Graphical Layout Award (Los Angeles, California January 2005).
  15. American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2004 Annual Meeting Best Poster Award in Kinetics, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (Austin, Texas November 2004).
  16. American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2002 Annual Meeting Best Poster Award in Advances in Extraction (Indianapolis, Indiana November 2002).
  17. Auburn University Fellowship for the Superior Graduate Students from Fall Semester 2002 until Fall Semester 2004 (Auburn, Alabama).
  18. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Fellowship from July 1996 to December 1997 (Johor Bahru, Malaysia).
  19. Sudan Youth Organization Award for the Best Graduates from Sudanese Universities in the academic year 1993-1994 (Khartoum, Sudan).
  20. Sudan Engineering Society Award for the Best Graduation Design Project for the academic year 1993-1994 (Khartoum, Sudan).
  21. University of Khartoum prize for the Best Academic Performance in the Final Year College of Engineering 1994 (Khartoum, Sudan).

Publications

Books:

  1. Elbashir, N. O.; El-Halwagi M. E.; Hall, K. (2018) “Natural Gas Processing from Midstream to Downstream” Wiley. West Sussex, UK.  ISBN: 978-1-119-27025-6.
  2. Mujtaba, I. M.; Srinivasan R.; Elbashir N. O. (2017) “The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Processes, Technologies and Challenges” Part of the “Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Series” by Sunggyu Lee- Series Editor. CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. Bota Racon, Florida, USA. ISBN 9781138746077.
  3. Elbashir N.O. “Fundamentals and Design of Supercritical Fluids Fischer Tropsch” Lambert Academic Publishing, Deutschland, Germany (2013). ISBN 978-3-659-41351-3.

Book Chapters:

  1. Nimir O. Elbashir (2018) “Introduction to Natural Gas Monetization” Chapter 1 in Elbashir, N. O.; El-Halwagi M. E.; Hall, K. “Natural Gas Processing from Midstream to Downstream” Wiley. West Sussex, UK.  ISBN: 978-1-119-27025-6.
  2. *Rajib Mukherjee, Noof Abdalla, Nasr Mohamed, Marwan El Wash, Nimir O. Elbashir, Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi1,” Design of Synthetic Jet Fuel Using Multivariate Statistical Methods” Chapter 21 in Elbashir, N. O.; El-Halwagi M. E.; Hall, K. (2018) “Natural Gas Processing from Midstream to Downstream” Wiley. West Sussex, UK.  ISBN: 978-1-119-27025-6.
  3. * C Tala Katbeh, Nimir Elbashir, and Mahmoud El-Halwagi “An energy integrated approach to design supercritical Fischer-Tropsch synthesis products separation and solvent recovery system” Chapter 17 in Elbashir, N. O.; El-Halwagi M. E.; Hall, K. (2018) “Natural Gas Processing from Midstream to Downstream” Wiley. West Sussex, UK.  ISBN: 978-1-119-27025-6.
  4. * C Mostafa Shahin, Shaik Afzal, and Nimir Elbashir “Fractionation of the Gas-to-Liquid Diesel Fuels for Production of On-Specification Diesel and Value-Added Chemicals” Chapter 16 in Elbashir, N. O.; El-Halwagi M. E.; Hall, K. (2018) “Natural Gas Processing from Midstream to Downstream” Wiley. West Sussex, UK.  ISBN: 978-1-119-27025-6.
  5. * C Elbashir, N. O.; Ahmed, W; Chaudhary H.; Mahdi N.(2017) “GTL Derived Synthetic Fuels: Potentials and Challenges in Global Market” Chapter 11.1 in Mujtaba, I. M.; Srinivasan R.; Elbashir N. O. “The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Processes, Technologies and Challenges” CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. Bota Racon, Florida, USA. 374-387.
  6. * C Elbashir, N. O. Laial Bani Nasr and Ghouri M. (2017) “A Process to Model Fischer Tropsch Reactors” Chapter 11.5 in Mujtaba, I. M.; Srinivasan R.; Elbashir N. O. “The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Processes, Technologies and Challenges” CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. Bota Racon, Florida, USA. pp. 427-455.  
  7. * C Hussain R., Blank J. H., Todic B., Elbashir, N.O. and Bukur D. B. (2013) “Development of Gas-to-Liquid Technologies from Micro- to Macro-scale” in Weichold M. Hall K. Masad E. “Excellence and Impact of Research at Texas A&M at Qatar” QScience, Doha, Qatar; pp. 58-81 (Chapter 3).

 Patents:

  1. Elbashir, N. O.; Afzal S..; El-Halwagi M. E.; Sengupta D. (2018) “PROCESSING METHANE WITH REDUCED CO2 EMISSIONS” US Patent Application # 62652110; confirmation # 1094.
  2. Elbashir, N. O.; Challiwala, M.; El-Halwagi M. E.; Sengupta D. (2017) “Method and Apparatus for Producing Carbon Black and Syngas from Carbon Dioxide” Application No. 62481100 (EFS ID: 28822002) (03-APR-2017).
  3. Elbashir, N. O. and El-Halwagi, M. E. E. (2015) “Novel Highly-Integrated Fischer Trsopch Synthesis Reactor of Enhanced in situ Characteristics” currently filed as provisional patent by Qatar Foundation. Application No. 62/044,945.
  4. Abasaeed A. E.; Al-Zahrani S. M.; Elbashir N. O.; Abulwahid M. (2007) “Tungsten systems for the oxidative dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons US 7,256,319.
  5. Abasaeed A. E.; Al-Zahrani S. M.; Elbashir N. O.; Abulwahid M. (2003) “Catalysts Systems for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Hydrocarbons” US 6,541,418.
  6. Al-Zahrani S. M.; Abasaeed A. E.; Elbashir N. O.; Abulwahid M. (2002) “Catalysts for Production of Olefins by Oxidative Dehydrogenation and Methods of Making and Using the Same” EP1166869.
  7. Al-Zahrani S. M.; Abasaeed A. E.; Elbashir N. O.; Abulwahid M. (2001) “New catalyst systems for the oxidative dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons.” EP1103302 A1.

* Publication with graduate students, researchers and postdoctoral researchers.

C Corresponding author

Peer Reviewed Articles:

  1. Zhang, L.; Kalakul, S.; Liu, Linlin; Elbashir, N.; Du, J.; Gani, R. (2018) "A Computer-Aided Methodology for Mixture-Blend Design. Applications to Tailor-Made Design of Surrogate Fuels" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. In press
  2. * Kalakul S., Zhang L., Fang Z., Choudhury H. A, Intikhab S., Elbashir N. O., Eden M. E., Gani R. (2018) “Computer aided chemical product design: Tailor-made blended products” Chemical Engineering Computer. In press.
  1. * C Afzal, S., Sengupta, D., El-Halwagi, M.M., Sarkar, A., Elbashir, N. O. (2018) “An Optimization Approach to the Reduction of CO2 Emissions for Syngas Production Involving Dry Reforming” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. In press.
  2. * C Challiwala1 M. S., Wilhite B. A., Ghouri M. M., Elbashir N. O. (2018) “Multi-Dimensional Modeling of a Microfibrous Entrapped Cobalt Catalyst Fischer-Tropsch Reactor Bed” AIChE Journal, volume 64; issue 5: 1723-1731.
  3. * C Choudhury H.A., Intikhab S., Kalakul S., Gani R., Elbashir N.O. (2017) Integration of computational modeling and experimental techniques to design fuel surrogates. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, in press, corrected proof, Available online 17 August 2017.
  4. * C Afzal, S., Sengupta, D., El-Halwagi, M.M., Elbashir, N. (2017). Minimizing CO2 emissions for syngas production units using Dry Reforming of Methane. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 40: 2617-2622.
  5. * C Challiwala, M., Sengupta, D., Ghouri, M.M., El-Halwagi, M., Elbashir, N. (2017). A Process Integration Approach to the Optimization of CO2 Utilization via Tri-Reforming of Methane. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 40: 1993-1998.
  6. * C Choudhury H. A., Intikhab S., Kalakul S., Khan M., Tafreshi R., Gani R., and Elbashir N. O. (2017) “Designing a Surrogate Fuel for Gas-to-Liquid Derived Diesel” Energy Fuels, 2017, 31 (10), pp 11266–11279.
  7. * C Afzal S., Elbashir, N. O. (2017) “Multi-scale modeling of fixed-bed Fischer Tropsch reactor” Computers and Chemical Engineering Journal 38–48.
  8. * C Challiwala M.S.; Ghouri M.M.; Linke P.; El-Halwagi M.M.; N.O. Elbashir (2017) “A combined thermo-kinetic analysis of various methane reforming technologies: Comparison with dry reforming Journal of CO2 Utilization, 17; 99-111.
  9. * C Choudhury H. A.; Intikhab S.; Kalakul S.; Gani R.; Elbashir N. (2017) “Integration of Computational Modeling and Experimental Techniques to Design Fuel Surrogates” Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering.
  10. Bukur D. B.; Todica B.; Elbashir N. O. (2016) “Chemical Role of water-gas-shift reaction in Fischer–Tropsch synthesis on iron catalysts: A review.” Catalysis Today; 275; 66–75.
  11. * C Ghouri M. M.; Afzal S.; Hussain R.; Blank J.; Bukur D. B.; Elbashir N. O. (2016) “Multi-scale modeling of fixed-bed Fischer Tropsch reactor.” Computers and Chemical Engineering. 91; 38–48.
  12. * C Al-Nuami I., Bhra M., Selam M., Chaudhary H., El-Halwagi, N. I., Elbashir, N. O. (2016) “A Property Integration Approach to Optimizing Jet Fuel Blends from Petroleum- and GTL- Based Fuels” Chemical Engineering & Technology; 39(12): 2217–2228.
  13. * C Hussain R.; Blank J.; Elbashir N. (2015) Modeling the Fixed-Bed Fischer-Tropsch Reactor in Different Reaction Media Computer Aided Chemical Engineering. 37, 143-148.
  14. * C Kalakul S., Hussain R., Elbashir N., Gani R. (2015) “VPPD Lab -The Chemical Product Simulator” Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 37, 1415-1420.
  15. C Parsaei H.; Elbashir, N. O. (2015) “A New Voice in Engineering Education” Engineering Education Letters.  Volume 1, page 11.
  16. C Elbashir, N. O.; Parsaei H. (2015) “Development of a New Engineering Education Model” Engineering Education Letters. 2015:8 http://dx.doi.org/eel.2015.8.pp1–7.
  17. Bukur D. B.; Todic B.; Elbashir, N. O. (2016) "Role of water-gas-shift reaction in Fischer-Tropsh synthesis on iron catalysts: A Review" Catalysis Today. 275: 66-75.
  18. * C Kasht A., Hussain R.; Ghouri M., Blank J., Elbashir N. O. (2015) “Product Analysis of Supercritical Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis: Utilizing a Unique On-Line and Off-Line Gas Chromatographs Setup in a Bench-Scale Reactor Unit”. American Journal of Analytical Chemistry. 6(8) 659-676.
  19. *Noureldin M. M., Elbashir N. O., Gabriel J. K., El-Halwagi M. M.A (2015) “Process Integration Approach to the Assessment of CO2 Fixation Through Dry Reforming” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 3(4); 625-636.
  20. * C Afzal S., Blank, J., Hussain, R., Elbashir, N. O. (2015) “Modeling Fischer-Tropsch Product Distribution of a Cobalt-based Catalyst in Different Reaction Media” in Mohammed Jaber Al Marri and Fadwa El Jack (Editors), Proceedings of the 4th International Gas Processing Symposium, October 26–27, 2014 , Doha, Qatar. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Volume 4; 81-88.