Associate Professor Dr. Khalid Farhod has obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering in 2002. Since then he has worked in different projects in the field of Thermodynamics, Vapor – Liquid Equilibrium, Liquid – Liquid Equilibrium, Solid – Liquid Equilibrium, and Application of Ionic Liquids in Membrane Separation Processes. Previous Affiliation was at Chemical Engineering Department, Oil & Gas Refinery Engineering Branch, University of Technology, Baghdad - Iraq. He now works at Petroleum & Gas Engineering Department, Collage of Engineering, University of Thi Qar, Thi Qar - Nasiriyah, Iraq. He published three books in his field of work titled "Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium of Ternary Systems", "Gasoline Additives (Gasoline Oxygenates)" and " Extraction of Phenolic Pollutants from Industrial Wastewater ". He was member at Editorial Board and Scientific reviewing in many Scientific Journals, he published more than 50 scientific papers along with over 35 participate in scientific international Conferences and He is a member of the American Chemical Society since 2012.
Hydrogen has long been proposed as a worldwide fuel source. Its potential role in transportation, particularly in populated areas, is very advantageous when one considers that the only by-product, steam, is environmentally benign. Technologies have now progressed to the stage that hydrogen combustion using fuel cells is well understood. However, being the lightest molecule, the storage of hydrogen is a significant obstacle to its use as a safe and transportable fuel source, due to the high pressures involved. Attempts to store hydrogen effectively include liquefaction, incorporation in metals via hydride formation, and physical compression. The storage of hydrogen in the form of a liquid hydrocarbon precursor is especially promising since many such compounds are stable at ambient conditions and are widely available e.g. methylcyclohexane (MCH).1-5 In addition, the reversible extraction and combustion of hydrogen from liquid hydrocarbon operates as a closed carbon cycle, which negates any appreciable pollution formation. This system also benefits economically from the distribution infrastructure (gasoline stations) that is already in place and socially due to the general acceptance of using liquid fuels to provide transportation. Therefore, the provision of a reliable, cost-effective means of converting a liquid hydrocarbon to hydrogen in a vehicle is of crucial importance to human society and worthy of further research.
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• Catalysts will be characterized fully to confirm porosity, surface area and nanoparticle dispersion
• Nanoporous oxides will be prepared, as hosts for the encapsulation of metal nanoparticles, and tested for the catalytic decomposition of methylcyclohexane to product hydrogen gas as a potential fuel source. The project will investigate the use of a range of inexpensive metals in conjunction with traditional precious metal e.g. Pt.
• The catalytic activity of the various nanoporous materials will be determined in the MCH to hydrogen reaction, and kinetic models developed from the associated experimental findings.