Application of green chemistry in the Colorants Industry

Excerpt: Green Chemistry, which issustainable chemistry, hasgreat significance for the colorant industry as it is our duty to safeguard the environment for the sustainability.

Application of green chemistry in the Colorants Industry

A FULL day Seminar on 'Application of Green Chemistry in the Colorant Industry' was organized on the 11th December 2014 at Hotel Sea Princess, Mumbai by the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI jointly with DMAI. About 80 members participated in this well appreciated Seminar.


Dr.A.J.V. Prasad, Jt.Secretary, Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals,Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI lights the traditional lamp


Mr.Ram Ajekar

Mr.Ram Ajekar, Imm. Past President anchored the proceedings. In hisintroductory remarks, hepointed out that the verypast the Dept. has initiated this Seminar for the second year in a row which shows the importance the Dept.attaches to this topic.Green Chemistry, which issustainable chemistry, hasgreat significance for the colorant industry as it is our duty to safeguard the environment for the sustainability of our mother Earth and our survival.

Inaugural Session

President Mr.Janak Mehta, in his welcome address, thanked the Department for organizing the second Seminar jointly with DMAI on such important topic. He also thanked Dr.A.J.V. Prasad, Jt.Secretary, Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI for his presence as the Chief Guest.


Mr.Janak Mehta

While the biennial Convention on Colorants organized by DMAI with ICT is for educating members on technical innovation, this seminar is dedicated to the need for adoption of Green Chemistry. The Seminar gives an opportunity to increase awareness and change our mindset towards the adoption of Green Chemistry, which will prove to be a winwin situation.

Mr.Kamal Kapoor, Jt.Secretary then introduced Dr.A.J.V. Prasad to the audience.

Dr. Prasad in his inspiring address thanked DMAI for organizing the Seminar at their behest. While acknowledging the vast potential of the Indian colorant industry in the global market, he emphasized the need for adoption of Green Chemistry, which involves recovery of recycling besides strict compliance of various statutory requirements.

Dr.Prasad enumerated 12 principles of Green Chemistry. In this regard he stressed the need for higher investment in R&D.

Referring to the 3 slogans of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi viz. 'Make in India’, ‘Zero effect – Zero defect' and ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,’ Dr.Prasad mentioned about their relevance to the colorant industry and Green Chemistry. He lamented that while we Indians excel individually we lack team spirit. He cited the example of South Korea in the area of innovation and R&D. This was possible with increased investment in R&D and giving excellent incentives to the team involved in this activity.

Dr.Prasad expressed confidence that Indian colorant industry will rise to the occasion and succeed in making Green Chemistry a reality with a coordinated partnership amongst industry, academia and the Govt.

The inaugural Session ended with a vote of thanks by the Hon.Secretary Mr.Jitendra Patel.


View of Audience

Business Session

The Technical Sessions, which followed were divided into 2 parts as under :

Advances in Green Chemistry

Mr.Ajay Kadakia, Past President and Managing Committee member introduced the Chairman to the audience


Technical Session From left to right Dr. Sambhaji R. Chopdekar, Mr.Tej Dialani & Prof. P.M. Bhate

Chairman :- Mr. Tej Dialani, Clariant Chemicals ( India ) Ltd
Speakers:-

  1. Prof. P.M. Bhate, Professor, Dept.of Dyestuff Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT)

  2. Dr. Sambhaji R. Chopdekar, Group Research Leader, Research & Technology, Textile Effect, Huntsman International (India) Private Ltd.

The Session ended with a vote of thanks by Managing Committee member Mr.V.D. Widge

Process intensification through Green Chemistry

Mr.Raju Marfatia, Managing Committee member introduced Chairman.


From left to right Mr.Tushar K. Bandopadhyayah, Mr.Rajen Shah & Mr.Nitesh Mehta

Chairman - Mr. Rajen Shah Techno Color Corporation
Speakers:

  1. Mr. Tushar K. Bandopadhyaya, Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment

    1. Mr. Nitesh Mehta, Newreka Green Synth Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

The session ended with a vote of thanks by Managing Committee member Mr. Manoj Saptarshi.

Panel Discussion


From left to right Dr. Shavak Bhumgara, Prof. V.R. Kanetkar, Mr.Tushar K. Bandopadhyaya & Prof. Kishor Desai

Mr. Ramesh Doshi, Hon. Treasurer introduced the Chairman.

Chairman : Prof. V.R. Kanetkar,
Panel Members

  1. Dr.Shavak Bhumgara, (SME Sector)

  2. Prof. (Dr.) Kishore Desai (Academia)

  3. Mr.Tushar K. Bandopadhyaya, Indian Centre for Plastic in the Environment

After the presentation the Panelists replied to various questions put forward by the members in the audience.

Finally, Mr.Vinit Shah, Managing Committee member proposed a vote of thanks to all those involved in the success of the entire days of Seminar.

Like last year, this Seminar was also highly appreciated. The presentations were found to be very practical and implementable and is sure to increase the awareness on Green Chemistry and changes the mindset of those, who attended the Seminar.