|Lighting the Lamp|
|Dr. R. K. Malhotra, DG, FIPI addressing the inaugural session|
|Dr. R. K. Malhotra, DG, FIPI inaugurating the poster session.|
Catalysis Society of India (CSI) and Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI) jointly hosted the 17th National Workshop on Catalysis (NWC) with a theme of “Catalysis for Clean Energy and Sustainable Future” at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi during May 31-June 1, 2019. The said workshop was organized under convener and co-convener ship of Prof. K.K. Pant, Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Delhi and Dr. Bharat Newalkar, BPCL-R&D Centre, respectively. DG, FIPI in his inaugural talk mentioned that Oil & Gas will continue to play significant role in the prime energy baskets across the globe and more so in Indian context. Development of robust, tailor-made and efficient catalysts in refining and petrochemical manufacturing will meet the social objectives of climate management by providing eco-friendly and users friendly products .
The 2-days workshop offered a platform to researchers working in the area of clean energy and catalysis from academia and industry with national and international repute to deliberate on the chosen theme.
This workshop witnessed participation of over 200 scientists and students. The workshop was inaugurated in august presence of Padma Shree Prof. G.D. Yadav and theme address was delivered by eminent industrial scientist Dr. Partha P Maitra, Reliance Industries Limited. The workshop theme was deliberated in following 5 technical sessions covering invited/plenary talks from eminent scientists.
• Emerging Trends in Refining Technology and Petrochemicals
• Advances in Catalysis for Refining and Petrochemicals
• Novel Catalytic Materials
• Catalysis for Sustainable Energy and Environment
• Catalysis for Fine & Specialty Chemicals .
Furthermore, for the first time, a panel discussion was held in CSI workshop on topic, “Challenges and Opportunities in Commercialization of Catalytic Technologies” by industry to provide insight on various aspects of catalytic process commercialization.