• Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering

Educational Background

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

Research Interests

    • conversion of coal and natural gas derived synthesis gas to transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks via Fischer - Tropsch synthesis
    • chemical reaction engineering and catalysis
    • kinetic and reactor modeling

Awards & Honors

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

Selected Publications

  • Todic, B., Ma, W., Jacobs, G., Davis, B.H. and Bukur, D.B.,”CO-insertion mechanism based kinetic model of the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction over Re-promoted Co catalyst”, Catalysis Today 228, 32-39 (2014).
  • Todic, B, Ma, W., Jacobs, G., Davis, B.H. and Bukur, D.B., “Effect of process conditions on the product distribution of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis over a Re-promoted cobalt-alumina catalyst using a stirred tank slurry reactor”, Journal of Catalysis, Vol. 311, 325-338 (2014).
  • Silvester, L., Ipsakis, D, Antzara, A., Heracleous, E., Lemonidou, A. A. and Bukur, D. B., “Development of NiO-based oxygen carrier materials: Effect of support on redox behavior and carbon deposition in methane”, Energy&Fuels, 30 (10), 8597-8612 (2016).
  • Stamenić, M., Dikić, V., Mandić, M., Todić, B, Bukur, D. B. and Nikačević, N., “Multiscale and multiphase model of fixed bed reactor for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis: Intensification possibilities study”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Research, 56, 9964-9979 (2017).
  • Bukur, D.B., Mandić, M, Todić, B, Nikačević, N., “Pore diffusion effects on catalyst effectiveness and selectivity of cobalt based Fischer-Tropsch catalyst”, Catalysis Today, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2018.10.069.