Professor from USA propagated “Green Chemistry” at LPU during 3 day faculty development session

* Occasion was 3-day Faculty Development Program (FDP) on ‘A Better Living through Green Chemistry’ in the Sciences department of the University
 Jalandhar: India is not only among the fastest growing economies but the second largest producer of pesticides, and one of the emerging markets for pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals also. These growing industries have often led to environmental problems. Keeping in view that the environmental education and practice keep pace with this growth, LPU department of Chemistry organized a three-day Faculty Development Program (FDP) on ‘A Better Living through Green Chemistry’.  Professor of Chemistry at Illinois-Wesleyan University (IWU) in the USA, Dr Ram Mohan discussed various aspects of green chemistry during different sessions held at the university on all the days.
He also visited different departmental laboratories of LPU and provided his valuable suggestions. Dr Mohan shared his own research work at IWU, and revealed his interest for collaborative research with organic chemists at LPU department of chemistry. LPU Vice Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar welcomed Dr Ram Mohan for his valuable visit to LPU Department of Chemistry.

Taking many solid examples of lab accidents and pollution from chemicals in Indian context, Dr Mohan elaborated about the need of Green Chemistry adoption, and the design and redesign of chemical syntheses to prevent pollution. He also laid stress to minimize the use of unsafe chemical substances by designing safer chemicals and also by making chemical transformations safer.  He suggested how one can use chemicals to advantage without undertaking major risks to human health and the environment. He also wanted that certain programs should be established for individuals, groups and organizations to compete for annual awards in recognition of innovations in cleaner, cheaper and creative chemistry.

Desiring to introduce Indian students to green chemistry principles, he suggested that students can incorporate these principles into their research and practice of chemistry.  Dr Ram teaches Organic Chemistry and Advanced Organic Chemistry as well as the associated labs at IWU. His research focuses on environmentally friendly synthetic organic chemistry. In particular, his research group has demonstrated the applications of bismuth compounds as green catalysts for organic synthesis. In addition, he has worked with iron-based catalysts and ionic liquids. He is deeply interested in developing discovery-oriented experiments for organic chemistry.


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