Doha, Qatar: University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST), supported by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), part of The Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation (QRDI) Council, hosted an international workshop on 3D printed catalysts in partnership with VITO Middle East, the local branch of VITO, a leading applied research organization in the field of sustainable technology development. The event brought together local and international experts in the field to share their knowledge and experience, and to explore new opportunities for collaboration. Students of UDST also had the opportunity to attend, and it was the first time such an event has been held in Qatar, positioning UDST as a pioneer for this type of technology initiative.

"Hosting this workshop clearly shows our commitment to providing our students with the best possible education and preparing them for the future. It will also help our faculty members to stay updated with the latest tools and techniques in the field of engineering. We look forward to continuing our partnership with VITO and other industry leaders to equip our community with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, not only in the area of 3D printed catalysts, but many other industrial technologies." said Dr. Salem Al-Naemi, President of UDST.

Dr. Parakalan Krishnamachari - Program Manager, QNRF Programs said: “Embracing innovation and research collaboration, the Qatar National Research Fund programs, part of the Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation (QRDI) Council, and University of Doha for Science and Technology are paving the way for a sustainable future by exploring the possibilities of 3D printed catalysts. The workshop brought together leading experts from academia and industry to discuss the latest developments and future directions in 3D printed catalysts. It also proved to be a great platform for students, faculty, and rest of the local research eco-system to interact with experts and gain valuable insights in the ever-evolving technological landscape."

Innovation is a key principle at UDST, and the university is committed to providing students and faculty with opportunities to build their skills and prepare themselves for cutting-edge technologies. The workshop was a valuable opportunity for students and faculty to learn from, and interact with, industry leaders and gain valuable insights into the use of 3D printed catalysts, with special focus on their application in the oil and gas sector.

3D printing is a revolutionary form of manufacturing solid objects from digital models. In the case of 3D printed catalysts, the process enables broader applications for catalysis across multiple industries. Traditional manufacturing methods are unable to achieve this.

Dr. Dirk Vangeneugden, Business Development Manager, Sustainable Materials and Chemistry at VITO Belgiumsaid:  "We are honored to have been a part of this unique workshop and to collaborate with UDST. We believe that 3D printed catalysts have great potential for the future, and this workshop was an excellent opportunity to explore new possibilities and share lessons learnt, best practices and expertise. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the University, and with Qatar, supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers."

The workshop opened with a speech by the University’s President, Dr. Salem Al-Naemi, followed by an introductory overview by Dr. Awni Al-Otoom, Professor and Dean of the University’s College of Engineering Technology. Industry experts from companies including VITO and Shell shared their insights into the opportunities and challenges that 3D printed catalysts currently exhibit, while academic specialists from UDST and Texas A&M presented preliminary research findings on the topic. The event saw a host of technical meetings take place, an exhibition and a technical working-group formed for the progression of the sector in Qatar.


About University of Doha for Science and Technology:

University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) was officially established by the Emiri Decision No13 of 2022, and it is the first national university that specializes in academic applied, technical, and professional education in the State of Qatar.  UDST has over 60 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, diplomas, and certificates. The University houses 5 Colleges: The College of Business Management, the College of Computing and Information Technology, the College of Engineering Technology, the College of Health Sciences and the College of General Education in addition to specialized training centers for individuals and companies. UDST is recognized for its student-centered learning and state-of-the-art facilities. Its world-renowned faculty and researchers work on developing the students’ skills and help raise well-equipped graduates who are proudly serving different sectors of the economy and contributing to the achievement of human, social and economic development goals nationally and internationally.                                                                                      

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