Bengaluru, India, January 19, 2018-SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, displayed its commitment to innovation through participation and sponsorshipat the 23rd National symposium on ‘Applied Catalysis in Emerging Technology in Chemicals’ held in Bengaluru from January 17-19. Janardhanan Ramanujalu, Vice President & Regional Head, SABIC South Asia & ANZ was the Guest of Honor and delivered the keynote address at the conference along with distinguished scientists of the country including Padma Vibhushan Dr. M.M. Sharma, Padma Shri Dr. G.D. Yadav and Dr. Anand. B. Halgeri, President, Catalysis Society of India.

JanardhananRamanujalu, inhis keynote speech, shared his insights on sustainable development throughcatalysis, emphasizing on the need for cutting-edge research to find and createnew catalysts. He highlighted the role of catalysis and catalyst’s role indeveloping, supporting the newer model of circular economy as well as SABIC’sstrategic partnerships in India in the area of research. He remarked, “AtSABIC, our goal is to collaborate with companies, as well as government andacademia, to develop advanced materials and product solutions that can addressregional and global challenges. In India, we have built strongrelationships between industry and academia with various strategiccollaborations including our collaboration with Council for Scientific andIndustrial Research (CSIR) and Central Institute of Plastic Engineering andTechnology (CIPET) and with premier technology institutes in India to jointlywork and support academic research done by PHD students in the chemicalindustry.”

 Over50 senior scientists from across SABIC including India, KSA and USAparticipated in the event, presented research papers, delivered plenarysessions on catalysis and newer technologies and participated in paneldiscussions on the future research in applied catalysis. Discussions included initiatives,progress and the path forward for development of catalysts and catalyticprocesses. Dr. Kishan Gurram, Director, T&I, SABIC South Asia and Dr.Rajeshwar Dongara, Sr. Manager, SABIC were also the key committee member forthe symposium. 

Dr. FahadAl-Sherehy, VicePresident, SABIC Corporate Technology and Innovation said,” At SABIC, webelieve technology and innovation play a significant role in creating newsolutions for the pressing issues in the world. Catalysis forms a majorcomponent of our research, contributing to our ongoing efforts to meet regionaland global needs. We are pleased to participate in conferences likeCATSYMP-23, which have provided a great platform for scientists, industry andacademia to pool expertise to facilitate research in applied catalysis.” 

Eminentscientists from leading chemical companies including SABIC, RelianceIndustries, Shell, UOP, Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum, BPCL, ONGC, TataChemicals, KAUST- KSA, top Indian research institutes such as Indian Institutesof Technology, CSIR labs (NCL, IICT, IIP), Tata Institute of FundamentalResearch, ICT, Indian Institute of Science, international universitiesincluding Cardiff University, United Kingdom, Monash University, Australia,Universitat Leipzig, Germany and Inha University, South Korea participated inthe symposium. Over 500 research students in the field of catalysis alsoparticipated in the symposium. 

CatalysisSociety of India organizes the national symposium on catalysis once in everytwo years and the present symposium was the 23rd in the series (CATSYMP-23)held in Bengaluru.

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