Professor Arno DeKlerk from the University of Alberta provided a professional development short course titled “Fuels from Refining Crude Oil and Alternative Carbon Sources” to a capacity crowd at CEBC on September 16. Ten representatives from CEBC corporate partners traveled to KU to participate in the day-long short course on how to refine various carbon feedstocks into usable fuels. Also attending were CEBC students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.
“The course was outstanding,” said Darryl Fahey, CEBC Industry Liaison. “Dr. DeKlerk was a fantastic teacher who exhibited both a broad perspective and in-depth knowledge of commercial and emerging refinery technologies.”
Professor DeKlerk was the leader of the Fischer-Tropsch refinery catalysis group for 7 of his 14 years at Sasol in South Africa prior to moving to academia earlier this year. He is currently a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Professor DeKlerk emphasized the importance of understanding how product performance relates back to feedstock composition. Knowing how the feedstock (such as crude oils and synthetic oils) relates molecularly to the corresponding fuel or chemical product enables the selection of manufacturing processes tailored to the required refining steps. “This message was driven home by many well-chosen examples,” said Fahey.
The attendees had strong praise for the course content and the delivery. Some are even considering inviting Professor DeKlerk to present the short course at their company. Short courses such as this are presented as a service to CEBC members.