ORYX GTL Gas-to-Liquid Technology Excellence Program. Funded by the ORYX GTL US$500,000 for five years. Director of the Program: Nimir Elbashir.
“Roles of Additives in the Enhancement of the GTL Diesel Fuel Blends.” Funded by Qatar National Research Funding under Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP 17th Cycle – UREP 17 – 172 – 2 – 052) in collaboration with OryxGTL from February 2015-Feabraury 2016. Lead PI: Nimir Elbashir, CoPI: Johannes Viljoen (OryxGTL) to support undergraduate students’ research project.
“Design of Novel Catalysts and Processes for CO2 Conversion from Micro to Macro-scale.” (Qatar National Research Fund I) for US$4,798,236 from March 2015-March 2020. Lead PI: Nimir Elbashir; PIs: Drs. Tobin Marks, Peter Stair, Eric Weitz (Northwestern University); Drs. Daniel Currulla-Ferre and Hind Mamlouk (TOTAL); Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi (Texas A&M University- College Station); Dr. Mert Atilhan (Qatar University); Drs. Dragomir Bukur and Konstantinos Kakosimos (Texas A&M Qatar).
“Maximizing the Effectiveness of Fischer-Tropsch Fixed-bed Reactor: Tailoring Reaction Media, Catalyst Geometry and Pore Structure”;(Qatar National Research Fund NPRP 7 – 843 – 2 – 312) for US$892,392 from January 2015-January 2018. Lead PI: Elbashir (My portion: $560,000), CoPIs: Dr. Bruce Tatarchuk (Auburn University); Dr. Benjamin Wilhite (TAMU) and Dr. Khaled Saoud (Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar).
Potentials for Shale Gas Monetization: Lessons Learned from Qatar’s Experience with Natural gas.(Award received from the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) to support workshop in this area (US$33,185). Lead PIs: Mahmoud El-Halwagi, Nimir Elbashir and Ken Hall.
Scale-up of a Novel Fischer Tropsch Reactor Technology.Funded by Qatar Foundation for the amount of US$100,000 allocated to Elbashir team in recognition for the award his team received from Qatar Foundation as the Best Energy & Environment Research Team of the Year. For 2012-2013.
Research Link Workshop on Energy and Water Security in the United Kingdom and Qatar.Funded by the British Council and Texas A&M Qatar US$48,000 (My portion: US$48,000). Lead PI: Elbashir with Dr. Iqbal Mujtba (Bradford University). To be held in Doha, Qatar February 2015.
Understanding the Role of Aromatics in Synthetic Jet Fuel- Experimentation, Statistical Analysis and Visualization. Funded by Qatar National Research Funding under Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP 14th Cycle – UREP 14 – 051 – 2 – 014) in collaboration with Shell (My portion: US$30,000) from July 2013-July 2014. Lead PI: Elbashir, CoPI: Mansoor Al-Shamri (Shell) to support undergraduate students’ research project.Design of Synthetic Fuels and Value-added Chemicals Derived from Natural Gas via Combined Experimental and Process Integration Methodology. Funded by Qatar National Research Funding under National Priorities Research Program (NPRP 5th Cycle – NPRP 5 – 066 – 2 – 023) (US$1,045,000) from Nov. 2012- Oct. 2015. Lead PI: Elbashir (My portion: $720,000), CoPIs: Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi (TAMU) and Dr. Rafiqul Gani (Technical University of Denmark).
Utilization of MRI and NMR in the Visualization of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Reaction Behaviors. Funded by Qatar National Research Funding under National Priorities Research Program (NPRP 4th Cycle – NPRP 4 – 1484 – 2 – 590) (US$1,043,000) from Jan. 2012- Jan. 2015. Lead PI: Elbashir (My portion: $618,000); CoPIs: Dr. Marcelo Castier (TMUQ) and Dr. Lynn Gladden (University of Cambridge).
Characterization of Synthetic Jet Fuel Blends Derived from Gas-to-Liquid Technology and Properties Correlation with Fuel’s Hydrocarbon Structure. Lead PI: Elbashir; Ghada Salama (co-PI) Texas A&M University at Qatar. From Feb. 2012- Feb. 2013, my portion: US$30,000, in review. Sponsor: Qatar National Research Funding 11th Cycle of UREP (UREP 11 – 151 – 2 – 057).
Characterization and Formulation of Synthetic Jet Fuels. Funded by Qatar Science and Technology Park (US$2,443,660) from July 2009 – July 2012. PI: Elbashir (My portion: $803,000) in collaborations with Qatar Shell Research & Technology Center (Willem Scholten); the Aviation Fuel Department of Shell Global Solution (UK) (Paul Bogers), and the University of Sheffield (UK) (Professor Chris Wilson).
Development of Novel Fischer-Tropsch Reactor Technology for Operation in Near Critical and Supercritical Fluids Condition. Funded by Qatar National Research Funding under National Priorities Research Program (NPRP 2nd Cycle – NPRP 08 – 261 – 2 – 082) (US$1,049,000) from Sept. 2009-Sept. 2012. Lead PI: Elbashir (My portion: $775,000), CoPIs: Drs. Mahmoud El-Halwagi and Juergen Hahn (Texas A&M University), Dr. Fadwa Eljack (Qatar University), Dr. Christopher Roberts (Auburn University).
An Approach to the Design of Advanced Fischer-Tropsch Reactor Technology (Phase I). Funded by Qatar National Research Funding under Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP 7th Cycle – UREP 07 – 055 – 2 – 012) (My portion: US$20,000) from Oct. 2009-Oct. 2010. Lead Elbashir; CoPI: Dr. Fadwa Eljack (Qatar University) to support two undergraduate research students.
Characterization of GTL Blends. Funded by GE as part of collaboration and service agreement in NPRP No.: 6-1327-2-533 (led by GE). Funding provided to Elbashir’s team for the characterization study (My portion: US$30,000).
Comparison between GTL Diesel Fuel and Crude Oil: Characteristics and Road Performance. Fund by OryxGTL: Company in collaboration Lead Elbashir with Dr. Reza Tafreshi (Mechanical Engineering-TAMUQ) (US$50,000; my portion: $16,900).
Design of Advanced Gas-to-Liquid Reactor Technology – Phase I Elbashir, N. O. (PI-TAMUQ). Sponsor: Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center. To support undergraduate student. My portion: $10,000. Lead PI: Elbashir
Selective Control of Hydrocarbon Product Distribution in Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis ($80,000 for 1 year). Funded by UOP. PI. Dr. Christopher B. Roberts, CoPI: Elbashir – in Auburn University (2004-2005).
INTERNAL COMPETITIVE RESEARCH AND OTHER FUNDS
First Stage to Prepare Skilled Engineers for the Gas Processing Field. Support from the Transformative Educational Experience of Texas A&M Qatar (US$200,000).
Gas & Fuels Research Center (GFRC) Support (US$200,000 from Texas A&M Qatar and Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)). Lead PI: Elbashir (Director of GFRC) with Mahmoud El-Halwagi (TAMU and Managing Director of GFRC) and Ioannis Economou (TAMUQ and Co-Director GFRC) in 2014-2016.
Enhancement in the Fischer Tropsch Reactor Bed Behavior. Seed Fund from Texas A&M University (US$64,000). Lead PI: Elbashir, Co-PIs: Drs. Dragomir Bukur; Ben Wilhite and Khaled Masoud (competitive).
Promote TAMUQ/TAMU Gas & Fuels Research Center. US$25,000 fund for Elbashir from the office of Texas A&M Qatar Chief Operating Officer (competitive).
Design and Construction of a Multi-purpose High Pressure Reactor Unit. Equipment fund from Texas A&M University and Qatar Foundation (US$250,000). Fund to Dr. Elbashir (competitive).
Fuel Characterization Equipment. Equipment fund to Elbashir from Texas A&M University and Qatar Foundation (US$80,000) (competitive).
Design of Engine Simulator Reactors for Characterizations of Catalytic Convertors. BASF Catalysis LLC internal funding that exceed one million US dollars. Competitive proposal selection on development of novel technologies to support BASF Corporation Business judged by special team headed by the Chief Technology Officer of the company. PI: Dr. Nimir Elbashir as the head of the design and construction team.