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Mert Atilhan received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Ege University and M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees in chemical engineering from the Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. Dr. Atilhan is an Associate Professor at Qatar University in Department of Chemical Engineering. He has been active in the fields of applied thermodynamics, energy and environmental related fields in his academic career. His research activities are mainly focused on very high accuracy property measurements including PVT-density-viscosity, equation of sate development for pure and mixture gases, vapor-liquid equilibrium systems, natural gas hydrates and their inhibition, ionic liquids properties and utilization of them in various engineering applications, development of high-stability and high-capacity novel CO2 capture sorbents and carbon dioxide/methane/nitrogen separations. Dr. Atilhan has authored more than 100 publications in the focus areas that are mentioned and he secured more than $8 million research funding through various funding agencies in Qatar, USA and EU since 2007. He was honored with “Research Award” twice in 2008 and 2011 and “Research & Teaching Award” in 2016 at Qatar University.

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Research Activities

“Measure what is measurable and make measurable what is not so.” Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)

Research Areas

  • Applied thermodynamics – energy and environmental applications
  • Multi-component gas mixture properties – natural gas characterization
  • Equation of state development for pure gases and complex mixtures
  • Carbon dioxide capture, storage and conversion
  • Adsorption and absorption of gases via novel systems – porous materials and solvents
  • Ionic liquids – properties and application on various surfaces, oil and gas applications
  • Membrane separation of olefins – paraffin systems & flue gas purification

Latest Funded Research Projects

Acid Gas Removal by Ionic Liquids

Acid Gas Removal by Ionic Liquids: an Experimental and Computational Approach (2015) Funding Agency: Spanish National Secretariat for Research and Development, Ministry of Economy Program: State R+D Program for Society Challenges Period:2014-2017 Role: PI Funding: 60,000 Euro

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QNRF – GSRA: Gas Hydrates

Investigation on Gas Hydrates Thermodynamics and Kinetics: Experimental and Simulation Approach (2014) Funding Agency: Qatar National Research Fund, Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) Project No: GSRA2-1-0603-14012 Role: LPI Budget: $420,000

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QNRF – NPRP-X: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion from Micro- to Macroscale

Design of Novel Catalysts and Processes for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion from Micro- to Macroscale (2015) Funding Agency: Qatar National Research Fund, Exceptional NPRP (NPRP-X) Role: PI Project No: NPRP X-100-2-024 Budget: $4,798,236

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QNRF – NPRP: Avoiding Gas Hydrate Problems

Avoiding Gas Hydrate Problems in Qatari's Oil and Gas Industry: An Integrated Experimental and Modeling Approach (2013) Funding Agency: Qatar National Research Fund Project No: NPRP 6-330-2-140 Collaboration: University of Burgos, Heriot-Watt University Role: Lead PI Budget: $1,050,000

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Entire publication list can be reached from: Google Scholar (Mert Atilhan), ResearchGate (Mert_Atilhan), Orcid (0000-0001-8270-7904) or Scopus (12801317600). Citations: 1485 // Total Published Papers: 113 // H-Index: 20 (last updated on: 2.8.2016)

Acid Gas Capture via Mixed Ionic Liquids

Double Salt Ionic Liquids Based on Ammonium Cations and Their Application for Co2 Capture, M. Atilhan*, B. Anaya, R. Ullah, L. T. Costa, S. Aparicio*, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b05987

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Gas Hydrates Inhibition via Ionic Liquids

Experimental and DFT Approach on the Determination of Natural Gas Hydrate Equilibrium with the Use of Excess N2 and Choline Chloride Ionic Liquid as an Inhibitor, M. Tariq, M. Atilhan*, M. Khraisheh, E. Othman, M. Castier, G. García, S. Aparicio*, B. Tohidi*, Energy & Fuels, 30 (4), pp. 2821-2832, 2016. [link]

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