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Qatar Petrochemical and Materia collaborate on downstream research and development

05th June 2014

Materia and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) have forged a partnership, through a memorandum of understanding (MoU), to further reinforce their collaborative research and development efforts, and to study the development of the next generation of materials produced from Qatar’s existing feedstocks

Qatar Petrochemical and Materia collaborate on downstream research and development
Through collaboration with local and international partnerships, QAPCO’s research and development team is digging deep into the potential applications for its petrochemical products

In the agreement, Materia’s expertise and breakthrough catalyst technology combined with QAPCO resources will provide for the development of new products. Together, they will explore the possibilities to further optimise the use of Qatar’s natural resources, by studying how to extract new products from QAPCO’s current feedstock, with the aim to maximise the value related to QAPCO’s existing processes.

 “Joint industry-academia research and development, such as our collaboration with Materia and Texas A&M at Qatar, is very promising and paves the way to infinite possibilities while supporting the growth of Qatar’s knowledge-based economy,” said Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, Vice Chairman and CEO of QAPCO. “Collaborating with some of the world’s leading experts on research projects focusing on olefins, polymers and petrochemicals has the potential to add further value to our feedstock, which could be strongly beneficial for QAPCO and ultimately for the hydrocarbon resources of the State.”

Sustainability oriented research is part of QAPCO’s commitment to improve both the impact of its processes, by focusing on the optimum use of feedstock, and of its products, by generating new applications. Through collaboration with local and international partnerships, QAPCO’s research and development team is digging deep into the potential applications for its petrochemical products now and into the future.

Michael A. Giardello, Materia president, CEO and CTO commented: “This envisioned collaboration should enable QAPCO to extract greater value from some of its by-product streams, therefore unlocking greater value from Qatar’s natural resources thanks to Materia’s unique and advanced technologies.”

QAPCO uses focused partnerships with Qatar’s most prominent universities such as Texas A&M University at Qatar, as the launching point for its research activities. Most recently, QAPCO supported the establishment of an endowed chair position at Texas A&M at Qatar for Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering with Nobel Prize winning chemist Professor Robert H. Grubbs, Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, as adjunct professor and inaugural chair.

“It is exciting to be part of a collaboration involving Materia, QAPCO, and Texas A&M at Qatar to develop the next generation of materials and products from Qatar-based feedstocks. This program will allow fundamental discoveries to be rapidly converted into new commercial products,” commented Grubbs.

As Qatar continues to grow its energy and industrial sectors, and attempts to further optimise its hydrocarbon resources utilization, research and innovation are set to propel the future success of these sectors. Research will support the development of new products using Qatar’s existing feedstock and natural resources and opens the door to new uses for energy products and derivatives such as petrochemicals.

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