Date of Award

January 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Ali Alshami

Second Advisor

Micael Mann


The objective of this work is to elucidate the viable significance and technological implications for the fermentative production of 2,3-BDO from syngas by researching the following: derivation of a novel bio-kinetic model with substrate inhibition, analyzing product formation with the use of syngas from coal, and conducting an experimental design for potential significant factors that affect product formation. A critical review and analysis of the state-of-the-art developments for gas to liquid (GTL) technologies and syngas formation from coal are provided.