More and more, the Middle East profiles itself as a partner for innovative science, not least in the chemical sector. Recently, a VITO research team received a local award for research on the conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals.
In November 2014, Karolien Vanbroekhoven, Program Manager at VITO, was recognised for her Regular Poster Presentation during the renowned Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference (ARC). During her presentation, Vanbroekhoven explained to an international audience of researchers and companies how she and her colleagues used electrochemical processes to convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals. These chemicals can serve as new raw materials and therefore provide an alternative to non-renewable fossil resources. With the distinction awarded to the VITO research team, the interactions between VITO and Qatar gain momentum.
Through the presence of ARC, VITO increases the mobility of experts between Belgium and Qatar. VITO wants to continue building on existing ties: not just with the Qatar Foundation, but also with several government institutions, universities and companies.