[Video of the lecture linked below] The Al Maerifa (translated ‘knowledge’) Public Seminar Series hosts scholars who present community seminars to promote knowledge on topics central to Qatar’s pursuit of a knowledge-based economy. These seminars are centered around Qatar’s grand challenges and research pursuits, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, energy, water, food security, and infrastructure, among other topics.
Prof. Elbashir delivered the 5th talk in the Fall 2020 series. Abstract for the lecture:
Qatar has one of the world’s most extensive gas processing facilities, presenting a unique diversification model in natural gas monetization. Texas A&M University at Qatar takes full advantage of this distinctive environment to foster global collaboration in research, and development, resulting in the creation of the Gas & Fuels Research Center, a hub for research excellence in the advancement of natural gas processing technologies. This talk will highlight success stories in building bridges between academia and industry in the areas of (a) understanding the fundamentals of natural gas conversion chemistries and processes; (b) creating world-class research capabilities to formulate and characterize fuels and value-added chemicals derived from natural gas; (c) interfacing midstream and downstream natural gas processing for energy integration and handling of CO2 emissions to produce lower carbon foot-print products; (d) exploring new avenues to diversify products from natural gas, and more importantly (e) developing human resources in this field critical to Qatar’s economy.
This one-of-its-kind model resulted in several synergistic collaborations leading to technological inventions, product development, and the training of a generation of global leaders in science and engineering, currently advancing gas processing technology in Qatar and around the globe.