National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
NCL and DuPont sign Research Alliance Agreement
Dr S. Sivaram, Director, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and Dr Uma Chowdhry, Vice-President, Central Research and Development, DuPont signed a research agreement in the presence of Dr Thomas M. Connelly Jr., Chief Science & Technology Officer, DuPont at Wilmington, Delaware, USA, on 22 April, 2005.
Under the terms of the agreement, DuPont will have access to the talents and capabilities of one of India’s premier research and development laboratories to grow new market-facing technologies. The first research projects NCL will develop will be for the DuPont Titanium Technologies business.
The relationship between DuPont and NCL dates back to 1993 when DuPont became the first multinational company to partner with CSIR through NCL to advance polyester research in India. With over 300 full-time Ph.D. scientists on staff and about 360 students pursuing doctoral degrees, NCL is globally respected for its expertise in chemical and material sciences. The signing of this agreement with NCL is consistent with DuPont’s efforts to go where the growth is and to globalize its R&D operations. It furthers DuPont’s efforts to open its innovation processes by incorporating the research capabilities and intellectual talent of India's top materials scientists.
NCL and NTPC
National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC) ( http://www.ntpc.co.in/ ) on 15 th September 2005 at NCL, Pune.
NCL has expertise in the area of chemical engineering, catalysis, membrane science, polymer science & engineering and computational fluid dynamics. NTPC is a leading public sector enterprise involved in the area of power generation and distribution with expertise in areas such as setting up of thermal power stations, operations and maintenance of power stations and distribution of power.
NTPC, through this MoU, intends to conduct research, carry out experiments and build software base leading to development of technologies in areas such as i) Development of SO3 reactor and associated components for SO3-FGC, ii) Development of artificial intelligence based modeling & optimization system for SG-TG cycle, iii) CFD modeling of coal fired boiler, and iv) CO2 separation using membrane contactors based on ionic liquids.
The NTPC team was led by Dr. R. R. Sonde, Executive Director, Energy Technologies. The NCL team comprised of Dr S. Sivaram, Director, Dr. B. D. Kulkarni, Head, Chemical Engineering & Process Development Division, Dr. V. V. Ranade, Dr. Sanjeev Tambe, Shri Prashant Barve, besides Mr. Venugopal, Head, Business Development Division.
NCL signs MoU with GIST, South Korea
The National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, has signed an MoU with Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Republic of Korea. The MoU is valid for a period of five years.
The objective of the MoU is to strengthen the scientific and technical cooperation between NCL and GIST. The scope of the cooperation involves exchange of academic staff, graduate students, researchers, and pertinent publications between the two institutions.
The proposed area of cooperation would include functional organic materials, photonic polymers and hybrid materials.