01-Dec-2012 to 01-Sep-2016
$1,046,425.02 (Prof. Nimir portion: $720,000)
Design of Synthetic Fuels and Value-added Chemicals Derived from Natural Gas via Combined Experimental and Process Investigation Methodology
The aspiration of the State of Qatar on becoming the “Gas Capital of the World” led to the building of the largest Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) technology plants (Shell’s Pearl project and Sasol’s Oryx GTL plant) to produce hundreds of hydrocarbon products in the form of ultra-clean fuels and value-added chemicals. Even though synthetic fuels and chemicals obtained from GTL have similar carbon ranges as those obtained from crude oil, they differ in their structure and physical/chemical properties. This research project was focused on developing an integrated methodology to design mixture/blend of synthetic hydrocarbons derived from GTL by identifying the most suitable chemicals for blending, and produce blended products that satisfy specific product needs. For this purpose, we employed
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).
1. *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.
2. *Kalakul S., Hussain R., Elbashir N., Gani R. (2015) “VPPD Lab -The Chemical Product Simulator” Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 37, 1415-1420.
3. *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.
4. *Noureldin, M.; Elbashir, N. O.; El-Halwagi, M. E. E. (2014) “Optimization and Selection of Reforming Approaches for Syngas Generation from Natural/Shale Gas”. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 53 (5), 1841–1855.
5. *Noureldin M.;
6. *Khouderledin, H.; El-Halwagi, M.; Elbashir N. O. (2013) “A Property-Integration Approach to Solvent Screening and Conceptual Design of Solvent-Extraction Systems for Recycling Used Lubricating Oils”. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy. 15(1), 35-44.
1. *Elmalik, E. E.; Hussain, R.; Al-Nuaimi, I.; Warrag, S.; Elbashir, N. O. (2013) “Effect of carbon number on properties of synthetic gas-to-liquid jet fuel blends” Preprints – American Chemical Society, Division of Energy & Fuels. 58(1), pages 18-19 (presented by Mr. Husain).
2. *Al-Nuaimi, I., Elbashir, N. O. (2013) “Potentials for GTL derived synthetic jet fuels in the aviation industry” Preprints – American Chemical Society, Division of Energy & Fuels. 58(2), pages 331-333.
3. *Blank, J., Hussian, R, Elbashir, N. O. (2013) “Modeling of Heat and Mass Transfer Limitations in a Fischer-Tropsch Fixed Bed Reactor: Comparisons between Supercritical Phase and Gas Phase” Proceedings of 10th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium “Gas Conversion the Clean Energy of the Future” Doha, Qatar (January 2013); Topic 2 Synfuels 2 pages 1-2 (presented by Dr. Blank).
4. *Elfatih E., Elbashir, N. O. “Characterization of Synthetic Gas-to-Liquid Jet Fuel Blends: Hydrocarbon Chain Length Effect on Fuel Properties” Proceedings of 10th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium “Gas Conversion the Clean Energy of the Future” Doha, Qatar (January 2013); Topic 2 Synfuels 2 pages 1-2 (presented by Mr. Elmalik
5. *Noureldin M., Elbashir, N. O., El-Halwagi, E. “Thermodynamic Modeling and Optimization of Tri-Reforming Reactors for Syngas Generation” Proceedings of 10th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium “Gas Conversion the Clean Energy of the Future” Doha, Qatar (January 2013); Topic 1 Production & Purification pages 1-2 (presented by Mr. Noureldin).
Ibrahim Al-Nuaimi (MSc): “Characterization of Synthetic Jet Fuels Derived from Gas-to-Liquid Technology” graduated summer 2013 (currently working in RasGas in Qatar) co-chaired with Professor Mahmoud El-Halwagi).
Saad Intikhab: “An Experimentally Verified Approach to Design Efficient Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Surrogates” graduated spring 2016 from Texas A&M University at Qatar
Andrew Yueh: “Black Box Modeling of Hydrocarbon Physiochemical Properties and its Approach to Fuel Optimization” graduated spring 2016 from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
Ph. D. Students
Sawitree Kalakul: “A Systematic Approach for the Design of Integrated Energy and Chemicals Production”, (co-chaired with Professor Rafiqul Gani at DTU, Denmark,)