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Green processes termed ‘the next big thing’

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‘Job opportunities in organic chemistry will outnumber those in Information Technology’

- Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Tech talk: J.S.Yadav (second from left), Director, IICT with organising secretary D. Gunasekar at the seminar at SV University, Tirupati on Monday. A.V.Rama Rao, chairman of AVRA Laboratories is seated next to him.

TIRUPATI: Speakers at the national seminar on ‘Recent research trends in synthetic organic and natural products chemistry’ organised by SV University’s department of chemistry here on Monday unanimously vouched for ‘Green processes’ – the environmentally benign technologies that reduce environmental and human health hazards, as the next big thing the world is looking forward to.

In his keynote address, J.S. Yadav, Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (Hyderabad) spoke on the emphasis being given across the globe to development of alternate and environmentally-safe reactions, which include use of solid acids, reusable ionic liquids, microwave and ultrasound irradiation, enzymatic and metal-catalyzed reactions. “The major goal of green chemistry is development of an eco-friendly route for bulk products by replacing stoichiometric reagents with heterogeneous reusable catalysts,” Dr.Yadav observed.

A.V. Rama Rao, chairman of AVRA Laboratories, saw a great demand for organic chemistry in the near future and felt that the job opportunities in the field would clearly outnumber those in the Information Technology sector soon. ‘Science subjects like biotechnology, virology, microbiology and biochemistry may have nothing to offer without organic chemistry’, he pointed out.

B.C. Venkata Reddy, principal, SVU College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences presided.

The organising secretary D. Gunasekar anchored the sessions, convenor C.Venkata Rao spoke, while the head of the department A.Varada Reddy proposed a vote of thanks.

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