Ahmet Kerim AVCI

Department of Chemical Engineering, Boğaziçi University, Bebek 34342, Istanbul-TURKEY
+90 (212) 359 7785
PhD: Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey, 2003
MS: Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey, 1997
BS: Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey, 1996
- Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering (since 04/2010) Bogazici University, Istanbul-Turkey
- Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering (09/2005 – 04/2010) Bogazici University, Istanbul-Turkey
- R&D Manager – Packaging and Device Development (06/2003 – 08/2005) Procter & Gamble Eurocor NV/SA, Brussels Innovation Center, 1853 Strombeek-Bever, Belgium
-  Research & Teaching Assistant (10/1996 – 10/2002) Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul-Turkey
-  Research Leader of TUBITAK-TEYDEB (Techno entrepreneurship Funding Program of TUBITAK) project entitled 
-  Mathematical modeling & simulation of crude oil processing plant in TUPRAS Izmit refinery (TUPRAS: Turkish Petroleum Refineries Co.)' (2010-2011 / Completed)


Honors and Awards: 

- Research Incentive Award, METU Prof.Dr. Mustafa N. Parlar Foundation, 2011 
- Eser Tümen Outstanding Achievement Award for Young Scientists, Feyzi Akkaya Research Fund for Scientific Activities (FABED), 2011 
- Excellence in Research Award, Bogazici University Foundation, 2010 
- Distinguished Young Scientist Fellowship (TUBA-GEBIP), Turkish Academy of Sciences, 2009 
- Department of Chemical Engineering – Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Engineering, Bogazici University, 2008 
- The Most Successful PhD Dissertation Award, Bogazici University, 2003 
- Dr. Fahir İlkel PhD Scholarship, Bogazici University Foundation, 2002 
- EFCATS Grant, European Federation of Catalysis Societies, 2001 
- Honours Degree Graduation Certificate, Bogazici University, 1996

Research Interests: 
  • Catalytic microchannel reactors
  • Process intensification by microchannel technology
  • Catalyst development and testing for hydrocarbon-to-hydrogen/syngas conversions
  • CFD modeling of catalytic reactors
  • Novel reactors/catalysts for GTL/BTL processes
  • Catalytic microchannel reactors; micro-reaction engineering; steady state/dynamic modeling and design of single/multi phase catalytic systems; heat transfer; computational fluid dynamics
  • Catalyst synthesis and characterization; techniques for coating catalysts on microchannels
  • Reactor and catalyst development for hydrocarbon-to-synthesis gas conversions under microfluidic conditions
  • Novel reactors for gas-to-liquids (GTL) and biomass-to-liquids (BTL) processes


Selected Papers: 
  • 1. Hosukoglu, M.I., Karakaya, M., Avci, A.K., “Modeling and simulation of hydrocracking of Fischer-Tropsch hydrocarbons in a catalytic microchannel reactor”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, in press (DOI: 10.1021/ie202213n) (2012)
  • 2. Karakaya, M., Keskin, S., Avci, A.K., “Parametric study of methane steam reforming to syngas in a catalytic microchannel reactor”, Applied Catalysis A: General, 411-412 (2012) 114-122.
  • 3. Gumuslu, G., Avci, A.K., “Parametric analysis of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in a catalytic microchannel reactor”, AIChE Journal, 58 (2012) 227-235.
  • 4. Onsan, Z.I., Avci, A.K., “Reactor Design for Fuel Processing”, in “Fuel Cells: Technologies for Fuel Processing”, editors: D. Shekhawat, J.J. Spivey, D.A. Berry., 1st Ed., pp. 451-516, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, 2011.
  • 5. Simsek, E., Avci, A.K., Onsan, Z.I., “Investigation of catalyst performance and microstructured reactor configuration for syngas production by methane steam reforming”, Catalysis Today, 178 (2011) 157-163.
  • 6. Karakaya, M., Avci, A.K., “Microchannel reactor modeling for combustion driven reforming of iso-octane”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36 (2011) 6569-6577.
  • 7. Avci, A.K., Trimm, D.L., Karakaya, M., “Microreactor catalytic combustion for chemicals processing”, Catalysis Today, 155 (2010) 66-74.
  • 8. Karakaya, M., Avci, A.K., “Comparison of compact reformer configurations for on-board fuel processing”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 35 (2010) 2305-2316.
  • 9. Karakaya, M., Avci, A.K., “Simulation of on-board fuel conversion in catalytic microchannel reactor-heat exchanger systems”, Topics in Catalysis, 52 (2009) 2112-2116.
  • 10. Aktas, S., Karakaya, M., Avci, A.K., “Thermodynamic analysis of steam assisted conversions of bio-oil components to synthesis gas”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (2009) 1752-1759.


Research Laboratory: 
Catalyst Technologies and Reaction Engineering (CATREL)
Catalytic Microreaction Engineering Laboratory