06/03/2009 Archived Entry: "Catalysis Researchers Receive Grant from Qatar"
The CAER research proposal focuses on Gas-To-Liquids (GTL) technology, and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis is at the heart of this process. The proposal involves understanding how promoters on cobalt-alumina catalysts influence the kinetic parameters and product distributions. UK-CAER will carry out the preparation, characterization, and testing of promoted catalysts and Texas A&M Qatar will carry out computer modeling in order to gain insight into the kinetics and reaction mechanism. The principal investigators are Dragomir Bukur (Texas A&M), Burtron H. Davis (UK-CAER), and Gary Jacobs (UK-CAER). UK-CAER will receive ~$100,000 per year for 3 years.
Texas A&M has a program in Qatar (see http://www.qatar.tamu.edu/). Qatar holds the third largest natural gas reserves in the world and is a US ally. Qatar and the United States coordinate closely on regional diplomatic initiatives, cooperate to increase security in the Gulf, and enjoy extensive economic links, especially in the hydrocarbons sector. Qatar sees the development of a world-class educational system as key to its continued success.
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