Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), in collaboration with Qatar Fertiliser Co (Qafco), hosted the Qafco-TAMUQ Conference 2014 with the themes: 'nanotechnology and energy'. The conference was the sixth edition presented with the sponsorship of Qafco.
Dr Mark H Weichold, dean and CEO, TAMUQ, said: "Partnerships such as the one 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. TAMUQ 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." The conference featured an impressive technical programme and sessions showcasing 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.
Khalifa al-Sowaidi, vice chairman and CEO, Qafco, said: "Prestigious institutions such as TAMUQ 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 towards achieving our production goals along with our commitment to energy conservation." Dr Hassan Bazzi, chair of the TAMUQ Science Programme and associate professor of chemistry, said: "This is the first edition of the new series of conferences sponsored by Qafco. Based on the tremendous success of the series that ran from 2008 to 2013 and attracted a large number of world renowned scientists including two Nobel laureates, Qafco has generously agreed to support a new series that will feature parallel chemistry and chemical engineering tracks."