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Posted On: 28 November 2012 02:11 pm
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Texas A&M University at Qatar’s Elbashir Wins Prestigious Research Prize

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Doha 28 November, 2012: Groundbreaking new discoveries by researchers and faculty at Texas A&M University at Qatar has been recognized at the Third Annual Qatar Foundation Research Forum. The ‘Best Energy and Environment Research Program of the Year’ went to associate professor of chemical engineering Dr. Nimir Elbashir for his multi-scale investigations leading to the design of a novel Fischer- Tropsch reactor, the heart of the gas-to- liquid processes that convert natural gas into ultra-clean fuels and value-added chemicals. Carrying a $US100,000 prize, the award, a key goal of this year’s forum, was recognized to inspire collaboration for future research. Winning abstracts were chosen based on quality, merit and relevance to the nation. The abstracts were comprehensively reviewed by a committee comprising international scholars, academics, researchers and members of the Arab Expatriate Scientists Network. The project is being done in collaboration with the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Texas A&M University’s main campus, Auburn University in Alabama, US and Qatar University, as well as supported by industry advisory board. The designed reactor technology treats a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide obtained from natural gas utilizing a chemistry known as Fischer-Tropsch to produce synthetic fuel, gas and value-added chemicals. The uniqueness of their process is that it operates in a reaction medium that has properties in between the gas-phase and liquid phase, known as the supercritical fluids media. The research being led by Elbashir is examining new and more efficient ways to undertake the process and the environmental factors that influence it with a view to commercialization of the technology, the impact of which would be felt across the oil and gas industry taking technology to the next level. Elbashir’s research highlighted the ways in which research at Texas A&M at Qatar is contributing to the nation’s goal to become a knowledge-based economy. “It is a great honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award and it also shows the depth of the research talent within Qatar,” he commented. “Qatar and the Qatar Foundation’s emphasis on building a culture of research through the Qatar National Research Strategy enable projects such as this to flourish. “It is this environment that encourages “breakthrough ideas” and we are proud to be involved in a project that puts Qatar firmly at the forefront of the industry. The award is also a recognition of how Texas A&M at Qatar works collaboratively with other universities both in Qatar and internationally, and our industry partners to come up with solutions to real world problems,” he said. ILQ NEWS