Panelist Speakers


Panel Discussion Sessions 

ChemIndix 2016 Panel Discussion Sessions List can be download from here


Prof. Robert C. Armstrong 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States

Prof. Robert C. Armstrong is the Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was previously Department Head of Chemical Engineering at MIT and served as co-chair of MIT’s Energy Research Council and as the Founding Deputy Director of the MIT Energy Initiative.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology with highest honors in 1970, with the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree. He then received the Doctor of Philosophy in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Chemical Engineering.

Prof. Armstrong has received a number of awards, including the AIChE Warren K. Lewis Award, AIChE Professional Progress Award, the Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Distinguished Service Citation, and election to the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. His two-volume book, “Dynamics of Polymer Liquids” has been named a Citation Classic.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Armstrong has published and lectured extensively in the areas of energy, polymer fluid mechanics, and the rheology of complex materials.


Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia  

Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi is a Professor of Chemical Science and Associate Director of the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center at KAUST. He is a member of the American Chemical Society. He received the Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award (2004 and 2007) and the Chemistry Outstanding Teaching Award (2005 and 2008) from the University of South Florida. He was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award in 2006. He was selected as one of the 30 rising stars and young chemists in the U.S. and been invited to present their research at the Second Transatlantic Frontiers of Chemistry Symposium in 2006.

Prof. Eddaoudi was selected in 2014, 2015 and 2016 as Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers and world’s most influenced scientific minds (2014). He has given more than 150 invited talks at conferences and universities since 2002. His contribution to the field of metal-organic frameworks has been highly visible in peer-reviewed journals, as evidenced through his recognition by ISI in 2007 as one of the top 100 most cited chemists of the past 10 years. Prof. Eddaoudi received his master's and doctorate in Chemistry from Denis Diderot University (Paris VII) in Paris, France.    

Prof. Eddaoudi is regarded as one of the world leaders in the field of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), a fast emerging field of solid state materials. He implemented the single-metal-ion-based molecular building block (MBB), the supermolecular building blocks (SBB) and the supermolecular building layers (SBL) approaches as means for the design and synthesis of functional MOFs.

He has developed novel strategies, based on the molecular building block approach, for the construction of functional porous solids namely Zeolite-like Metal-Organic Frameworks (ZMOFs) with tunable extra-large cavities and periodic array of organic and inorganic moieties. Prof. Eddaoudi has introduced various MOFs (e.g. ZMOFs, soc-MOFs, rht-MOFs, gea-MOFs and tbo-MOFs) as potential tunable platforms for applications pertaining to energy and environmental sustainability: Hydrogen storage, Carbon dioxide capture, Gas separations, Toxic Industrials Chemicals filters, Sensing applications, Catalysts immobilization.

Prof. Sir Konstantin Novoselov FRS
University of Manchester, United Kingdom 

Prof. Sir Konstantin ‘Kostya’ Novoselov FRS was born in Russia in August 1974. He has both British and Russian citizenship. He is best known for isolating graphene at The University of Manchester in 2004, and is an expert in condensed matter physics, mesoscopic physics and nanotechnology. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 for his achievements with graphene. Kostya holds positions of Langworthy Professor of Physics and the Royal Society Research Professor at The University of Manchester.

He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and undertook his PhD studies at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands before moving to The University of Manchester in 2001. Professor Novoselov has published more than 250 peer-reviewed research papers. He was awarded with numerous prizes, including Nicholas Kurti Prize (2007), International Union of Pure and Applied Science Prize (2008), MIT Technology Review young innovator (2008), Europhysics Prize (2008), Bragg Lecture Prize from the Union of Crystallography (2011), the Kohn Award Lecture (2012), Leverhulme Medal from the Royal Society (2013), Onsager medal (2014), Carbon medal (2016) among many others. He was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours.

Dr. Raghubir Gupta
RTI International, United States 

Dr. Raghubir Gupta is currently Vice President of the Energy Technology Division at RTI International. Dr. Gupta obtained his B. Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, and his Ph.D. degree (also in Chemical Engineering) from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Dr. Gupta joined RTI in June 1990 as a Research Chemical Engineer. During his tenure, he has played a key role in establishing a strong R&D program in the clean energy area at RTI. Dr. Gupta currently leads a group of about 50 researchers comprising of engineers and chemists.

Dr. Gupta’s technical expertise ranges from coal/biomass gasification, biomass conversion, synthesis gas (syngas) cleanup and utilization, methane storage and conversion, carbon capture and utilization, and industrial water reuse. Dr. Gupta has presented his research work in a number of national and international conferences, published in a number of reputed journals (including a paper in “Science”) and holds more than 20 U.S. and foreign patents. Dr. Gupta is a visiting research faculty at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Columbia University in New York.

Mr. Mark Bonner
Global CCS Institute, Australia 

Mr. Mark Bonner is an economist with many years of climate, energy and economic policy development and program implementation experience. He has specialized in the areas of climate change, clean energy and low emissions technologies including renewables, demand side management, and cleaner fossil energy technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Mr. Bonner joined the Global CCS Institute in 2010 as the Principal Manager of Policy and Regulatory, and took on his current role of Program Lead, International Climate Change in 2014. Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Bonner was the Executive Director, Policy for the Queensland’s (Qld) government's Office of Clean Energy (2009-2010) and a Senior Director of Economic Policy in Qld's Department of the Premier and Cabinet (2007-2009).

He was a founding staffer of the Australian federal government’s dedicated climate change agency, the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO), where he worked for about ten years in the Emissions Trading Team and as the Director of Clean Energy Futures.

Prior to the AGO, Mr. Bonner worked in IBM for 10 years as Market Intelligence and Research Program Manager for Australia, USA and EMEA.

He holds a Masters of Economics, a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma of Resource Economics and a Diploma of Journalism. 

Dr. Bashir Dabbousi 
Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia 

Dr. Bashir Dabbousi is the Director of Technology Strategy & Planning at Saudi Aramco. He was the Interim Vice President of Research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), an independent energy economics and policy think tank in Riyadh, from 2008-2012. He has occupied several administrative and technical positions in Saudi Aramco including Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer; Senior Consultant, Strategic Transformation Office; and Coordinator of the R&D Division in the Research & Development Center where he spent most of his professional career.

Dr. Bashir is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award honoring inventors and the gifted, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Saudi Arabia Advanced Research Alliance.

Dr. Bashir was an academic visitor in the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College London. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed the Saudi Aramco Leadership Challenge and the Advanced Management and Leadership Program at the Oxford University Saїd Business School.

Prof. A.-H. Alissa Park 
Columbia University, United States 

Prof. A.-H. Alissa Park is the Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. She is also the Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute. Her research focuses on sustainable energy conversion pathways with emphasis on integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

The current efforts include the fundamental studies of chemical and physical interactions of natural and engineered materials with CO2 such as the development of novel nano-scale hybrid materials for integrated CO2 capture and conversion. Founded on these new materials and reaction schemes, Park group is also working on innovative fuel synthesis pathways using unconventional energy sources such as shale gas, biomass and municipal solid wastes, while minimizing environmental impacts.

Prof. Park received a number of professional awards and honors including the NSF CAREER Award in 2009 and James Lee Young Investigator Award in 2010. She is currently leading the NSF-funded Research Coordination Network on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage.

Dr. Ammar A. Al Nahwi   
Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Ammar Al Nahwi is the head of Saudi Aramco’s Research & Development Center (R&DC), leading a team of over 500 scientists and staff. The Center conducts R&D within strategic, midstream and downstream research domains, including oil & gas separation, refining, petrochemicals, advanced materials, transport fuels & engines and carbon management. Additionally, he oversees Saudi Aramco’s global research centers in Detroit, Boston, Paris, South Korea and at KAUST (Thuwal, KSA). Dr. Ammar is also the CEO of the Saudi Aramco Technologies company (AramcoTech), and serves on the board of the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA).

Dr. Ammar started his career with Saudi Aramco in 1990 as a Mechanical Engineer in Abqaiq Plants—the largest oil processing facility in the world, and in the following years has been involved in many technical and leadership roles within the organization. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Ammar was seconded as a founding member of the King Abdullah University for Science & Technology Team, where he eventually served as Vice President for R&D Management before resuming his duties at Saudi Aramco.

Dr. Ammar holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (USA), and a B.Sc. from King Saud University, Riyadh (KSA), all in Mechanical Engineering. He is the 2002 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Gas Turbine Award for his published research on aerodynamic-structural interactions in axial turbomachines.  


Mr. Per Zeuthen    
Haldor Topsøes A/S, Denmark

Mr. Per Zeuthen holds an MSc in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Odense, Denmark, and has been employed with Haldor Topsoe since 1983.

Mr. Per Zeuthen has extensive experience within hydroprocessing catalysis fundamentals. Through his career, he has managed several large national and international research and characterization programs within fundamental understanding of the active CoMo and NiMo structures, coke characterization, deactivation mechanisms of hydroprocessing catalysts and detailed characterization of various petroleum fractions.

He managed teams for development and preparation of a large portfolio of hydroprocessing catalysts ranging from naphtha, coker naphtha, kero, diesel, FCC pretreatment, hydrocracking, dewaxing of diesel and lube, lube hydrofinishing, fixed bed resid services as well as a portfolio of grading and dedicated contaminants trap portfolio.

Mr. Per Zeuthen has developed and commercialized a number of hydroprocessing processes. He is A key role in the catalyst up-scaling and commercialization of the large Topsoe portfolio of hydroprocessing catalysts.

In his present position as General Manager for the Catalyst Marketing Department in the Topsoe Refinery Business Unit, Mr. Per Zeuthen is heading up the department of product management and marketing management with global responsibility for marketing of catalysts and technologies within Haldor Topsoe. He authored more than 85 scientific papers and patents. 


Dr. Scott D. Allen,    
Aramco Performance Materials, United States

Dr. Scott Allen is a Business Development Consultant at Aramco Performance Materials (APM), a newly formed affiliate of Aramco Services Company (ASC), a U.S.-based subsidiary of one of the world’s leading energy providers, Saudi Aramco. 

Dr. Allen is responsible for developing and leading cross-functional teams in the evaluation, development and commercialization of new chemical technologies.  His diverse knowledge in catalysis and polymer synthesis with a focus on sustainability makes him uniquely qualified to advance APM’s Converge® line of sustainable polyols. 

Converge® polyols are a vital part of Aramco’s growing chemicals portfolio. Using a proprietary catalyst, Converge® polyols technology takes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and combines it with Aramco’s abundant hydrocarbon feedstocks, to create high performing polyols for use in everyday applications: coatings for household appliances, consumer and industrial adhesives, insulation, automotive and medical applications, food packaging, foams and more.

Dr. Allen joined APM in October 2016 with Aramco’s acquisition of U.S.-based Novomer’s Converge® product line and associated operations and technologies.  He was a founding member and the Vice President of Catalyst Development at Novomer, Inc.

Dr. Allen earned  a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His graduate work focused on the design and synthesis of catalysts that use CO2 as a building block for producing polymers. Upon completing his doctorate in 2004, he was part of the team that launched Novomer that same year.

He is a member of  the American Chemical Society (ACS) and was recognized by the society in 2016 with its Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success. He received the American Statistics Association’s Statistics in Chemistry Award in 2012. 

Dr. Allen has served as a lecturer and reviewer for numerous peer review journals and publications, including: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Macromolecules, Tetrahedron, Journal of Polymer Science and New Journal of Chemistry. He holds several patents and has authored in selected peer review research publications.