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Course Description

This course on petroleum refining reviews how a refinery integrates different physical processes and chemical reactions to process crude oil for the production of transportation fuels and materials according to commercial specifications and environmental regulations. Classification of crude oils using standard analytical protocols helps the refiners select the optimum conditions for the most efficient and most profitable production of fuels and materials. Understanding the basic concepts and technical objectives for each process unit provides the knowledge base necessary to convert crude oil into desired products at minimum cost and low environmental impact. A discussion of how the refinery evolved from the days of one-pot distillation into the current complex configurations will inform an outlook from present to future.

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Semih Eser

Semih Eser is a Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering and Director of the Carbon Materials Program at EMS Energy Institute. Eser's teaching and research activities cover topics in petroleum processing, energy conversion, and energy policy, carbon materials, and the environmental aspects of energy conversion. His service to the profession at American Chemical Society includes terms as Councilor (2013-2021 in the Division of Energy and Fuels; Councilor (2010-2012), Chair of Executive Committee (2005), and Program Chair (2004) in the Division of Fuel Chemistry. Eser is a fellow of the American Chemical Society since 2014. He also served the American Carbon Society as a member of the Advisory Committee and Awards Secretary (2010-2016).