A. B. Halgeri

Dr. Anand B. Halgeri is currently working as Director of Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research and coordinating the entire research activity in Catalysis/ Materials science & Biological sciences. His area of interest includes Nano catalysis, Heterogeneous catalysis, mesoporous materials, novel Zeolites, Solid Acid/ Base Catalysts, Industrial Refinery/petrochemical processes, adsorption, Eco-friendly processes, and Biodiesel/Biofuel, alternate energy feed stocks etc. He has taken several industrial research projects both from India and abroad in the area of Zeolite Catalysis and Materials Science. 

Dr. Halgeri has received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Karnataka University, Dharwar and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Bangalore University. He carried out Post-Doctoral work under UNESCO fellowship on Industrial Catalysis at Chemical Engineering Department of Tokyo Institute of Technology during 1973-75. 

On returning back to India, he joined in a newly established Research Centre of Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd (IPCL), Baroda – Gujarat in 1976. He was involved the development of first Petrochemical Catalyst for Xylene Isomerisation Process. Later, he has been credited for the development of several Petrochemical/Refinery Catalysts like ,Reforming of Naptha to produce BTX&Gasoline , Zeolite Catalyst for Toluene Methylation Process for Ms GTC Corporation USA, Development & Commercialization of Pore engineered Zeolite based Catalyst for Para diethyl benzene process, at Reliance Industry, which is still working at Hazira Complex . Dr. Halgeri has provided sustained leadership as Sr. Vice President and Head of R&D, Baroda, at Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd and later Reliance Industries Ltd, led a team of 150 Scientists/Engineers and coordinated the entire research and development activities for Petrochemical/Refinery catalysts, Polymer Science and Technology, Materials Science and Applied Biology groups for all Reliance Industries at different locations.

He has published over 110 Research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals and has obtained 36 Indian/International patents. He has been life member of many scientific and professional bodies both in India and abroad.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the area of heterogeneous catalysis for for three decades, he has received several National awards and Honors for his achievements in Chemical Technology. 

  • I.C.I. India Ltd Award of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers has been conferred to him for Excellence in process/Product development for para-diethyl benzene.
  • Hari Om Ashram Prerit- Prof.S.S. Bhatnagar Endowment Research Award for Excellence in Applied Catalysis.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award “Eminent Scientist in Catalysis” by the Catalysis Society of India, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
  • Elected as “Fellow of Institute of Chemical Engineer” by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Kolkatta.
  • Vividhalaxshi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra, Mumbai, VASVIK Industrial National Award in Chemical Sciences and Technology - 2005.
  • Prof. K.G. Naik Memorial Gold Award of M.S. University, Baroda – 2007 for outstanding achievements in Chemical Sciences.
  • Awarded as “Pride citizen of Baroda” in recognition of significant contribution for Science & Technology from Community Science Centre/Rotary Club of Baroda - 2008.

He has been advisory member of several professional bodies, various academic institutes, Department of Science & Technology, CSIR, IOCL (R&D) and Reliance Industry. He has traveled widely and presented several invited lectures in both National and International symposia.