1st RoHan DAAD SDG Summer School 2017
“Challenges in Vietnamese Society – Impact of catalysis”
May 1st-12th, 2017
The call for applications is now open!
Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with a recent booming on new industries. Currently, the Vietnamese government is focusing on the infrastructural establishment of a thriving chemical industry towards environmental protection for sustainable development. With domestic and international investment, this sector is expected to have a grow rate of about 16-17% per year, finally constituting about 14% of the national industrial structure by 2020. Moreover, Vietnam is also an upcoming oil producing country where, although the petrochemical industry is still in its infancy, it will become an important asset in the Vietnamese economy.
Catalysis is gaining crucial importance in both petro chemistry and chemical engineering. In the petrochemical sector alone, catalysis is the first and key step in refining oil and gas. In the following process 95% of all products include catalytic steps. Furthermore, catalysis research is inevitable part of a great number of other fields including a) processing and securing raw materials of fossil origin and renewables; b) development of sustainable energy supply chains, environmentally safe energy carriers (fuels) and fuel cells; c) synthesis of new active ingredients for pharmaceuticals and agriculture to provide healthcare and maximized crop yields for the ever-growing world population; and d) global environmental relief through development of methods for water treatment (waste water purification), treatment of industrial gases and after-treatment of industrial gases from internal combustion engines. Apparently, up-to-date knowledge about and competences within heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis are the keys to the well-being of both mankind and the planet itself and its inclusion in the Sustainable Development Programs for the developing countries including Vietnam.
For more than 100 years, Germany plays a leading role in the development of catalysis. Therefore, it has a social responsibility to help spreading these technologies in developing countries through the implementation of bilateral academic exchange initiatives, like the one subject of this project. Herewith, we want to strengthen the long-standing cooperation between the University of Rostock (UR) and the associated Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) from the region Rostock with the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in local cooperation to the Vietnam National University, University of Science, Hanoi (VNU-HUS) (Region Hanoi).