It has pleased no less than surprised me that of the many studies whereby i have sought to extend the field of general chemistry, the highest scientific distinction that there is today has been awarded for those on catalysis
-Wilhelm Ostwald

Catalysts are indispensable in chemical industries. To speed up transformation, enhance product selectivity, minimize waste and to reduce the cost of production, catalysts are important. They are the major component in petro-chemical industries. Catalysis research has been started in India in National Chemical Laboratories, IITs and also in few colleges long back. Today we are among the top few countries possessing world-class caliber for catalysis development and manufacture. Anna University has acquired worldwide recognition in the area of catalysis through publications and by deputing researchers to different countries for post-doctoral programmes and research collaboration . It has always been the interest of the research groups to establish a centre for catalysis and petroleum technology to represent South India, hence the inception of ICPT in Anna University.


The vision of ICPT is to synthesize eco- friendly catalysts and propose sustainable technologies for petroleum industries including those for the growing bio-refinery industries.