Dr. Nimir Elbashir is a professor of chemical engineering and petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar and the director of the Gas and Fuels Research Center of Texas A&M University, a major research center that involves 30 faculty members from both the Qatar and College Station campuses of Texas A&M University. The focus of his research activities is the design of advanced reactors, catalysts and conversion processes for natural gas, coal and CO2 to ultra-clean fuels and value-added chemicals.
Dr. Elbashir is also the director of the Fuel Characterization Lab that supports the research and service in the area of synthetic fuels and chemicals obtained from natural gas. His collaborators from the industry include TOTAL, Shell, GE (Oil & Gas), ORYX GTL, Qatar Fuels & Additives Company (QAFAC), Qatar Airways and others.
Dr. Elbashir has established several global research collaboration models between academia and the industry with research funds exceeding millions of dollars. He holds several U.S. and European patents and has published many scientific publications in the form of peer-reviewed journals, conference papers, technical industry reports.
The scholarship of his research activities has been recognized by awards from Qatar Foundation, BASF Corp., the Gordon Research Conferences, Texas A&M Qatar, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Shell, and the 3rd and 4th International Gas Processing Conferences. Dr. Elbashir advanced gas processing research and developed novel technologies in CO2 utilization (e.g., CARGEN™).
Dr. Elbashir received his master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Teknologi Malaysia, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Auburn University, USA, in 2004.