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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 Adjunct Associate Professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar in Department of Chemical Engineering and he is an affiliated member of the Gas and Fuels Research Center (GFRC) at Texas A&M University at College Station. He has been active in the fields of applied and computational thermodynamics with the emphasis on novel materials for energy and environmental related fields. His research activities are mainly focused on very high accuracy property measurements including PVT-density-viscosity of complex fluids, equation of sate development for pure and mixture gases, vapor-liquid equilibrium systems, natural gas hydrate equilibrium systems and hydrate inhibition via kinetic and thermodynamic inhibitors, ionic liquids properties and their utilization in various engineering applications and development of high-stability and high-capacity novel gas storage sorbents. Dr. Atilhan has authored more than 130 publications and he secured more than $8 million research funding through various funding agencies in Qatar, USA and EU. He was honored with “Research Award” twice in 2008 and 2011 and “Research & Teaching Award” in 2016 at Qatar University and “Elsevier-Scopus Best Researcher of the Year” award in 2015.

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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
  • Gas adsorption/absorption, capture, storage and conversion
  • Adsorption and absorption of gases via novel systems – porous materials and solvents
  • Ionic liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) – properties and application on various surfaces, oil and gas applications
  • Membrane separation of olefins – paraffin systems & flue gas purification
  • Computational chemistry – Density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamic simulations
  • Gas hydrates – Phase equilibrium predictions/experimentation and novel kinetic/thermodynamic inhibitor design

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 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 Funding Agency: Qatar National Research Fund, Exceptional NPRP (NPRP-X) Role: PI Project No: NPRP X-100-2-024 Budget: $4,7M

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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 Funding Agency: Qatar National Research Fund Project No: NPRP 6-330-2-140 Collaboration: University of Burgos, Heriot-Watt University Role: LPI Budget: $1M

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Google Scholar (Mert Atilhan) *** ResearchGate (Mert_Atilhan) *** Orcid (0000-0001-8270-7904) *** Scopus (12801317600) *** Citations: 2106 *** Number of Indexed Publications (via Scopus): 137 *** H-Index: 22

Carbon Capture Device for Mobile Emissions

Ahmed, S. F.; Atilhan, M., Evaluating the Performance of a Newly Developed Carbon Capture Device for Mobile Emission Sources. Journal of Energy Resources Technology, Transactions of the ASME 2017, 139 (6). For further details please click here. In the present study, a new carbon capture device that can be carried…

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Rheological and Thermodynamic Properties of Deep Eutectic Solvents

Altamash, T.; Atilhan, M.*; Aliyan, A.; Ullah, R.; Nasser, M.; Aparicio, S., Rheological, Thermodynamic, and Gas Solubility Properties of Phenylacetic Acid-Based Deep Eutectic Solvents. Chemical Engineering and Technology 2017, 40 (4), 778-790. For further details please click here. Choline chloride + phenylacetic acid-based deep eutectic solvents are studied. Their most relevant…

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Texas A&M University at Qatar
Department of Chemical Engineering
Education City
Doha - Qatar
E-Mail: mert.atilhan (at)
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