The fifth instalment of IHPC’s on-going Industry Forum series, which started in 2005, took place on the 3rd of April at The Pines and involved the Computational Materials Science (CMS) programme.
This forum was organised to highlight in-house competencies which IHPC has in chemistry and materials science modelling using multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Robust, high confidence models and accurate simulations are needed to predict properties and behaviour of new materials, and further applying them to solve real world problems in chemistry, coatings, green energy, process simulation, electronic materials and more.
The response from industry partners to the forum was extremely enthusiastic with over 50 invited guests attending the event, which had the support of the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB).
The event was opened by Dr Raj Thampuran, Executive Director, IHPC who welcomed the guests and expressed IHPC’s commitment to fostering partnerships with the industry to accelerate innovation and development within the chemicals industry. He was followed by Mr Julian Ho Wai Kit, Executive Director of the Energy, Chemicals and Engineering Services, EDB, who gave useful insights into the upcoming investments in the chemicals cluster and on the future trends of the industry.
A series of technical presentations from invited speakers was next and they shared with the audience their industrial experience and technical knowledge on topics in the chemicals sector. The speakers comprised of several researchers from IHPC and our valued industry partners, namely:
Dr Wu Ping from IHPC
Dr Tomio Iwasaki from Hitachi-MERL
Dr Michael Sullivan from IHPC
Mr Jimmy Sumargo from Polycore
Dr Andreas Fechtenkoetter from BASF (SEA)
A cocktails and networking session ensued after the talks where guests and researchers reflected on the forum amidst discussions over the various posters highlighting specific projects undertaken by the CMS programme. Previous partnerships were strengthened and new contacts made as participants developed rapport with each other over discussions that ranged from technical issues to potential areas for industrial research collaboration. As the evening drew to a close, it was evident that the event was very warmly received and appreciated and comments from participants paid tribute to a successful and insightful forum.