Deutsch-Indische Partnerschaften in der Hochschulzusammenarbeit (DIP)
Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education (IGP)
Chemical Innovations for a Sustainable Future
Chemistry is the science of the transformation of matter and is therefore of essential importance for achieving the “Sustainable Development Goals” SDGs of the United Nations. Many SDGs can only be achieved through a different, more sustainable chemistry. With this project the framework is created for the necessary development of innovative teaching and research concepts. More than ever, there is a need for a global circular economy to avoid the accumulation of waste and the depletion of natural resources. All future chemical technologies and products must be inherently safe and sustainable. “Sustainable chemistry” aims to improve the efficiency of natural resources that are used to meet human needs for chemical products and services. It encompasses the development, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safer and more environmentally friendly chemical products and processes. In this way, this chemical branch stimulates innovations in all sectors in order to develop new chemicals, production processes and processes for product stewardship that enable an increase in performance and value while at the same time providing the best possible protection for the environment and human health or their improvement. Sustainable chemistry is essentially about doing more with less, optimizing the use of finite resources and minimizing waste.
The Faculty of Chemistry at the National Institute of Technology Rourkela (NIT Rourkela) and the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Regensburg are working together to better prepare the next generation of chemists for the challenges of the 21st century. The overarching goal is to convert all technologies on earth into circular processes, which requires a fundamentally different way of thinking from scientists. This not only requires an innovative scientific education, but also a better understanding between societies and cultures in order to create a global awareness of the tasks and responsibilities that lie ahead of us. The project is intended to intensify the existing research cooperation between the two institutions involved in Germany and India and to put it on a broader basis by including further partners from science and industry. While individual working groups on the German and Indian sides have previously pursued joint research projects, in the future research projects will be brought together and newly established at both institutions under the overarching goal of sustainable chemistry. At the level of the Master’s Chemistry degree program, relevant topics are to be increasingly included in the curriculum at both universities. In addition, there will be exchange activities for graduates, doctoral students, postdocs and teachers over the next four years. In joint symposia, sustainable chemistry in the context of the SDGs will be discussed with experts from science and business (international), thus raising awareness of the topic among students, teachers, researchers and the general public.
The virtual kick-off meeting took place via Zoom on Monday, October 26th, 2020.
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Burkhard König, Dr. Petra Hilgers, project coordination Regensburg
Scientific overview of the collaborating faculties
Exemplary research projects at the faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Regensburg and the Department of Chemistry NIT, Rourkela
Prof. Dr. Burkhard König, Prof. Dr. Debayan Sarkar