Dr Robert M Parry Keynote (BASF Catalysts Surrey UK)


Joseph Black Building, Theatre 100


Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 13:00


A gradual shift in the fuels and energy industries, away from utilising non-renewable resources to employing renewable resources, has been taking place for quite some time. This trend is occurring because of the undisputed depletion of oil and gas resources worldwide. Alternative energy sources can substitute to a large extent for the non-renewable energy sources in future. This shift from the old paradigms presents a major challenge to the Catalytic Chemists and process designers today.

This short presentation tracks how I got into one of the world’s largest Catalyst Companies and showcases BASF as a Company and the Catalyst Division in particular, as a dynamic and fascinating place to work.

An illustration of some of the novel Catalytic Routes to basic Petrochemicals and feedstocks is included. The offer of sustainable, regenerable and full loop recovery of catalysts, is becoming ever more attractive in the second decade of the 21st Century. Smarter reactor design, moderate reaction conditions will be very much the order of the day, as the ultimate dependence for the Industry, may only be bio-renewable feedstocks in the future. Bio-renewable blocks are the basic building block chemicals that are produced from different bio-feedstocks, such as corn, wheat, maize, cellulose, rape seeds and soy beans etc.


Rob Parry is an Executive Account Manager with BASF Catalysts division (formerly Engelhard) based in London England. He has more than 40 years experience in the European Chemical Industry, as well as several assignments in India and South Africa. At BASF Catalysts, he is currently responsible for technical and commercial catalyst applications and supply to the Petrochemical and Refining Industries in the UK and Nordic Countries.


Rob has recently written and presented several training courses and papers for catalysts and petrochemicals. He has a BSc joint Honours in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry from University College Wales, Aberystwyth and is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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