DOHA: Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) hosted the Qafco-Texas A&M at Qatar Conference 2014 recently on nanotechnology and energy, an area in which Qatar aims to be a major global player. The conference featured an impressive technical programme and sessions showcased opinions and research from some of the world's most respected names in nanotechnology and energy. It also provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for future collaborations.
Texas A&M at Qatar Dean and CEO, Dr Mark H Weichold, noted the importance of collaborations between industry and academia to further research and create new solutions, saying, "Partnerships such as that shared between the University and Qafco illustrate the fundamental importance of industry/academic collaboration in meeting both the current and future challenges in chemistry and engineering research. "Texas A&M at Qatar and Qafco share a common mission to enrich Qatar, engage and support its people and industries and create new knowledge and pragmatic and sustainable solutions that can have both local and global applications. This year's conference focus, nanotechnology and energy, is essential to the evolution of enhanced energy efficiency and the further development of products and processes that affect and improve our everyday lives." The 2014 conference is the sixth edition presented with the sponsorship of Qafco.
Qafco Vice-Chairman and CEO, Khalifa Al Sowaidi said: "Prestigious institutions like Texas A&M at Qatar play a leading role by investing their resources to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that would lessen the adverse impact of industrial development on the environment. "Qafco is exploring new grounds to find practical means of energy efficiency. In the coming years, we will work toward achieving our production goals along with our commitment to energy conservation. Here, industry–academia coordination will be of remarkable significance. It is this mission that has encouraged us to partner with Texas A&M at Qatar at different levels to create a platform for sharing knowledge and expertise with young and impressionable minds." The Peninsula