Janardhanan Ramanujalu, in his keynote speech, shared his insights on sustainable development through catalysis, emphasizing on the need for cutting-edge research to find and create new catalysts. He highlighted the role of catalysis and catalyst’s role in developing, supporting the newer model of circular economy as well as SABIC’s strategic partnerships in India in the area of research. He remarked, “At SABIC, our goal is to collaborate with companies, as well as government and academia, to develop advanced materials and product solutions that can address regional and global challenges. In India, we have built strong relationships between industry and academia with various strategic collaborations including our collaboration with Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and with premier technology institutes in India to jointly work and support academic research done by PHD students in the chemical industry.”
Over 50 senior scientists from across SABIC including India, KSA and USA participated in the event, presented research papers, delivered plenary sessions on catalysis and newer technologies and participated in panel discussions on the future research in applied catalysis. Discussions included initiatives, progress and the path forward for development of catalysts and catalytic processes. Dr. Kishan Gurram, Director, T&I, SABIC South Asia and Dr. Rajeshwar Dongara, Sr. Manager, SABIC were also the key committee member for the symposium.