• Professor Emeritus
  • Holder of the Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1974
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, 1972
  • Diploma, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1970

Research Interests

    • chemical reaction engineering and catalysis
    • Conversion of coal (or natural gas) derived synthesis gas to transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks via Fischer - Tropsch synthesis
    • catalyst synthesis
    • catalyst testing in fixed bed and stirred tank slurry reactors
    • kinetic and reactor modeling
    • catalyst characterization by a variety of physico-chemical methods

Awards & Honors

  • Halliburton Professorship, 1993-1994, 2003-2004
  • Fellow AIChE, 2000
  • Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Research, 1994
  • TEES Senior Fellow, 1991

Selected Publications

  • Bukur, D. B., Ma, W. P., Carreto-Vazquez, V., Nowicki, L. and Adeyiga, A. A., "Attrition Resistance and Catalytic Performance of Spray-Dried Iron Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts in a Stirred Tank Slurry Reactor" Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 43, 1359-1365, 2004.
  • Ma, W. P. Ding, Y., Carreto-Vazquez, V. and Bukur, D. B. "Study of catalytic performance and attrition strength of the Ruhrchemie catalyst for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in a stirred tank slurry reactor", Applied Catalysis A, 268, 99-108, 2004.
  • Bukur, D. B., Ma, W. P. and Carreto-Vazquez, V., "Attrition studies with precipitated iron Fischer-Tropsch catalysts under reaction conditions" Topics in Catalysis, 32, 135-141 (2005).
  • Bukur, D. B., Lang X. and Nowicki, L. "Comparative Study of an Iron Fischer-Tropsch Catalyst Performance in Stirred Tank Slurry and Fixed-Bed Reactors", Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 44, 6038-6044 (2005).
  • Bukur, D. B., "Attrition studies with catalysts and supports for slurry phase Fischer-Tropsch synthesis", Catalysis Today, 106, 275-281 (2005).