PhD. in Chemical Engineering. Thesis: Enabling a Sustainable Economy through Energy Systems Modeling: Solar-centric, Efficient, Integrated and Continuous Process Synthesis and Optimization. Advisor: Rakesh Agrawal.
General: Process Development, Modeling, Optimization, Conceptual Design, Process Intensification, Cogeneration, Superstructure Optimization, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming (MINLP), Linear Programming (LP)
Programming: C, GAMS, PERL, MATLAB, PhP, ASP, HTML, LaTeX
Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative
Systems Analysis of CCUS technologies
Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University
Energy System Modeling for a Sustainable Economy Advisors: Prof. Rakesh Agrawal, Prof. Mohit Tawarmalani
- Developed and rigorously simulated a family of novel solar thermal power generation cycles with calculated unprecedented efficiencies using integrated Aspen Plus and Matlab modeling environment.
- Developed and implemented strategies to efficiently coproduce hydrogen and electricity from solar energy. Developed and optimized solar thermal hydrogen and power coproduction processes using integrated Aspen Plus and Matlab modeling environment. Integrated hydrogen power cycle with hydrogen and power coproduction process for continuous and efficient solar power supply.
- Identified process options to convert biomass and natural gas to liquid fuel. Created a superstructure optimization problem that is simulated and optimized in Aspen Plus. Mathematically formulated the process superstructure as a Mixed Integer Nonlinear Program in GAMS and solved to global optimality using optimization techniques. Formulated and solved optimization problems to determine parameters from multiple experimental results for biomass conversion processes.
- Designed and performed detailed process simulation of dimethyl ether closed loop large scale storage cycle, which include optimization of mixed refrigerant refrigeration cycle, design of cryogenic carbon capture and purification, detailed simulation of solid oxide fuel cell and solid oxide electrolysis cell.
- Designed and performed detailed process simulation of multi stage flash (MSF) desalination processes for large scale fresh water production.
- Explored energy efficient synergistic interactions at process and end use levels, and their potential impacts on policy formulation.
PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
- Gençer E, Miskin C, Sun X, Khan M R, Bermel P, Ashraf M A, Agrawal R (2017). Directing solar photons to sustainably meet food, energy, and water needs. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03437-x
- Gençer E, Agrawal R (2017). Strategy to synthesize integrated solar energy coproduction processes with optimal process intensification. Case study: Efficient solar thermal hydrogen production. Computers & Chemical Engineering. doi: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2017.01.038
- Gençer E, Agrawal R (2017). Synthesis of efficient solar thermal power cycles for baseload power supply. Energy Conversion and Management, 133, 486-497. doi
- Gençer E, Agrawal R (2016). A commentary on the US policies for efficient large scale renewable energy storage systems: Focus on carbon storage cycles. Energy Policy, 88, 477-484.
- Gençer E, Mallapragada DS, Marechal F, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2015). Round-the-clock power supply and a sustainable economy via synergistic integration of solar thermal power and hydrogen processes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 112 (52), 15821-15826.
- Parsell T, Yohe S, Degenstein J, Jarrell T, Klein I, Gençer E, Hewetson B, Hurt M, Kim J I, Choudhari H, Saha B, Meilan R, Mosier N, Ribeiro F, Delgass W N, Chapple C, Kenttamaa H I, Agrawal R, Abu-Omar M M, (2015). A synergistic biorefinery based on catalytic conversion of lignin prior to cellulose starting from lignocellulosic biomass. Green Chemistry, 17 (3), 1492-1499.
- Gençer E, Al-musleh E, Mallapragada DS, Agrawal R (2014). Uninterrupted renewable power through chemical storage cycles. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 5, 29-36.
PEER REVIEWED CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS
- Gençer E, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2015). Integrated Solar Thermal Power and Chemical Coproduction Process for Continuous Power Supply and Production of Chemicals. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25th European Symposium Computer Aided Process Engineering, 37:2291-2296.
- Gençer E, Mallapragada DS, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2014). Synergistic biomass and natural gas conversion to liquid fuel with reduced CO2 emissions. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Design, 34:525-530.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (*presenting author)
- Gençer E*, Agrawal R (2016) Efficient Solar Thermal Hydrogen, Electricity and Fresh Water Coproduction Process Synthesis, 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. – (319b).
- Gençer E*, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2016). Systematic Process Design Strategies for Efficient and Synergistic Integration of Solar Thermal Hydrogen, Electricity and Fresh Water Production Processes, 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. – (471a).
- Gençer E*, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2015). Integrated Process Design for Efficient Solar Thermal Hydrogen and Power Production, 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. – (463e).
- Gençer E*, Agrawal R (2015). Efficient Hydrogen Power Plant Design for Continuous Power Supply from Renewable Hydrogen, 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. – (313b).
- Gençer E*, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2015). Integrated Solar Thermal Power and Chemical Coproduction Process for Continuous Power Supply and Production of Chemicals, PSE2015/ESCAPE25, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Gençer E, Al-Musleh E, Agrawal R* (2015). Process Development for Solar Economy, Optimize 2015, Boston, MA.
- Gençer E*, Mallapragada DS, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2014). Synergistic Biomass and Natural Gas Process Design for Liquid Fuel Production with Reduced CO2 Emissions, 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. – (48b). – CAST Plenary Session.
- Gençer E*, Mallapragada DS, Marechal F, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2014). High Efficiency Solar Thermal Power and Integrated Chemical Storage Cycles for Continuous Grid Power Supply, 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. – (176a).
- Gençer E*, Al-Musleh E, Mallapragada DS, Agrawal R (2014). DME Chemical Storage Cycle for Uninterrupted Renewable Power, 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. – (409e). – Best Presentation of the Session.
- Agrawal R, Gençer E* (2014). Chemical Engineering for Renewable Energy, 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. – (65a).
- Gençer E*, Mallapragada DS, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2014). Synergistic biomass and natural gas conversion to liquid fuel with reduced CO2 emissions (poster), FOCAPD 2014, Cle Elum, WA.
- Energy Systems Modeling to Enable a Sustainable Economy, Distinguished Junior Researchers Seminar Series, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, February 16, 2016.
OTHER ORAL PRESENTATIONS (*presenting author)
- Gençer E*, Agrawal R (2015). Solar Thermal Power and Chemical Coproduction Process for Continuous Power Supply and Production of Chemicals, 2015 Purdue GSO Symposium, West Lafayette, IN.
- Gençer E*, Agrawal R (2015). Energy Systems Modeling, 2015 Solar Economy IGERT Annual Meeting, West Lafayette, IN.
- Gençer E * (2015). Towards A Solar Economy, Duke Energy Academy, West Lafayette, IN.
- Gençer E *, Mallapragada DS, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2014). Systematic Integrated Biomass and NG to Liquid Fuel Process Design with Reduced CO2 Emissions, BASF & Purdue’s Energy Forum 2014, West Lafayette, IN.-Student Speaker Honoree.
- Gençer E *, Agrawal R (2014). Systematic Integrated Biomass and Natural Gas to Liquid Fuel Process Design with Reduced CO2 Emissions, 2014 Purdue GSO Symposium, West Lafayette, IN.
AWARDS & HONORS
- 2016 AIChE Process Development Division Student Paper Award. (award ceremony)
- 2016 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum Student Paper Award. (award ceremony)
- Invited seminar speaker of Distinguished Junior Researchers Seminar Series, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
- Purdue Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI) Graduate Research Fellowship ($9000 + $3000 equipment allowance)
- Goddard Fellowship, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
- TUBITAK (Turkey’s equivalent of NSF) undergraduate research fellowship
- 2016 Graduate School’s Excellence in Teaching Award ($500) – Purdue University’s highest award in recognition of graduate student teachers.
- College of Engineering’s nominee of 2015 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue University
- Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award – Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
As voted by the graduating seniors for Teaching Excellence in Chemical Engineering.
- 2013 CETA (Committee Education of Teaching Assistants) Award, Purdue University
- Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant ($1000)
FOCAPD Young Researcher Travel Grant (accommodation expenses)
- College of Engineering Travel Grant, Purdue University ($500)
- Eastman Travel Grant, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University ($500)
- ChE 597, Energy Systems Analysis
- ChE 450, Design and Analysis of Process Systems
- ChE 377, Momentum Transfer
- ChE 411, Undergraduate Research
ChE 597, Energy Systems Analysis
Spring 2013, Fall 2014
- Prepared and graded homeworks.
- Worked on preparing course material.
- Delivered ~20% of classroom lectures and provided lecture notes.
ChE 450, Design and Analysis of Process Systems
- Prepared Aspen teaching labs for all 6 lab sections.
- Conducted 3 lab sections for a total of 78 students.
- Prepared and graded 12 different Aspen qualifying exams for 6 lab sections.
- Evaluated final project presentations.
- I have prepared Aspen teaching lab instructions to include the new features of the software
- I have prepared a new curriculum and a complete set of lab instructions for the newest version of Aspen. This includes documentation to use Aspen v.8.6, eight two-hours-long lab exercises, solution simulations, and a set of example lab examination.
ChE 377, Momentum Transfer
- Conducted weekly recitations and laboratory sections for 2 sections and 52 students.
- Solved problems and covered fundamentals of Momentum Transfer principles.
- Graded exams and projects, prepared rubric for homework assignments.
- Hold office hours and help sessions.
Instructed one class.
ChE 411, Undergraduate Research
Fall 2012, Summer2014
- I have conducted two undergraduate research projects. I introduced these junior researchers to the basics of biomass to liquid fuel conversion processes and also to the needed research tools. They have examined the role of biomass types and water utilizations during the conversion processes. I helped them develop a project plan, kept them on track in plan execution and advised them in the organization of their reports and presentations. Being a research mentor to these young researchers was very inspiring for me. One of the students decided to continue his education and he is now a Ph.D. student at UPenn.