Dr. Omer Refa Koseoglu
"Challenges in refining and petrochemical catalysis"
Dr. Omer Refa Koseoglu is a Principal Scientist at the Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center, leading the Refining Development Team. He has a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. He has more than 37 years of experience in refining and petrochemical catalyst and process technologies. Prior to joining to Saudi Aramco he worked for CONOCO, Inc. at the Technology Development Center, IFP North America / Hydrocarbon Research, Inc. (HRI) at Princeton and Lyon Paris Headquarters and Shell Canada Limited R&D Center specializing in refining process technologies. He was awarded the Saudi Aramco President Excellence Award in 2015 and the International Technology Exchange Award by the Japan Petroleum Institute in 2016. He is the inventor and developer of commercial products including COPI-Crude Oil Property Index technology, hydrocracking and FCC catalysts, which were deployed at Riyadh and Ras Tanura Refineries. Dr. Koseoglu is the inventor for 164 granted US patents and 157 additional patent applications filed at the US patent office. He has numerous publications and a licensed professional engineer.