Welcome to Thailand, Bangkok, the City of Angels, recognized as one of the most exciting destinations in Asia, it has all the ingredients for the success of the 23rd International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE 23) in 2014. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 23rd ISCRE, held in Bangkok, Thailand. The symposium has a history dating back to 1957, held biennially since 1970. In 2002, the first Asia Pacific meeting took place in Hong Kong; the 20th meeting took place in Japan in 2008, in this, the 23rd meeting ISCRE pays its first visit to South East Asia, its first visit to ASEAN.
This year we will be joined by the Asia Pacific Chemical Reaction Engineering Symposium (APCRE) for its 7th symposium. APCRE was established in 1995, the first symposium held in Beijing, China in June of 1996 and held triennially since. The scientific theme of APCRE encompasses a wide spectrum of topics, including the conventional and emerging fields of chemical reaction engineering as well as those that straddle other disciplines. By joining with the ISCRE the symposium will bring together researchers from both inside and outside of the Asia-Pacific region, to further research ideals and foster new ideas and relationships.
Chemical reaction engineering plays a significant role in providing a better quality of life, contributing to the economy directly and indirectly. It is the innovative processes and products developed by research that facilitate and enable improvements in the quality of life, and it is the meeting of minds brought about by conferences such as the 23rd ISCRE that provide the opportunities, the inspiration, collaborations and networks that aid in the commercialization of new processes, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and materials.
Globally, it is understood and accepted that populations are growing, that the vital resources of food, water and energy are both limited and valuable. Therefore, it is important to use our resources more efficiently, to minimize our global footprint. We, as chemical reaction engineers, understand these challenges, more, we can help drive this notion by demonstrating how through chemical reaction engineering we can be more efficient, reducing our environmental footprint and in so doing, reduce the costs of industrial processes and developing technologies, enabling change. We can design, develop and alter processes to use less water, less energy, to use ‘green’ feedstocks, thus, we present this years theme:
“Tailoring Sustainability through Chemical Reaction Engineering”
The tailoring of a sustainable future through chemical reaction engineering is a far reaching theme, including topics such as commoditizing carbon dioxide, be that as a ‘green solvent’ that is captured and reused or as a poly linear chain carbonateplastic. We will also develop the bio-chemical discussions, including conversion to bio-chemicals and bio-fuels, barriers to production such as thelogistical challenges and the contentious issue of food versus fuel/chemical.
We will endeavor to develop an attractive program of topics relevant to the theme and take the opportunity of this auspicious occasion for forging new networks and developing new collaborations with our brother and sister scientists around the world.
We look forward to seeing you in Bangkok in September, 2014.
Chairman of ISCRE 23 and APCRE 7