Dr Manikandan received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1998. After three years of post-doc at Weizmann Institute of Science and Northwestern University, he joined National Chemical Laboratory, India as a Catalysis Scientist in 2001. He moved to Dow Chemicals R&D in 2007 where he was leading the catalysis team before joining SABIC R&D in Bangalore where he a Senior Manager for glycols. Currently, he is a senior group leader with Clariant, Louisville, USA. He has 40 publications, 6 US patents and helped the companies to save millions of dollars through improved process and catalysts.