Tata Chemicals, a leading sustainable and science-led chemistry solutions company, has been bestowed with one of the most prestigious awards in science – ICC Acharya P.C. Ray Award for Development of Indigenous Technology for the advancements it has made in nano materials especially, nano-zinc oxide (nZno). This accolade is a science excellence milestone for the company.
Nano zinc oxide is a product of Tata Chemicals’ developed with a vision to serve the society through science and offer innovative, science-led differentiated products and solutions not just to the customers but the nation, at large.
At the virtual felicitation ceremony organised by Indian Chemical Council – the apex national body representing the chemical industry in India, Dr. Richard Lobo, Head Innovation and CQH, Tata Chemicals spoke on the journey of developing the nano-technology, the commercialisation and re-directing of the portfolio recently towards the use of nZnO as an ingredient in face masks and PPE’s in the fight against Covid-19.
Commenting on this remarkable achievement, Dr. Richard Lobo, Head Innovation and CQH, Tata Chemicals, said, “Born out of a mission to harness the potential of chemistry, as we serve society through science, we have leveraged multi-disciplinary sciences, with customer centricity, to develop solutions unmatched in chemistry excellence. We are deeply honoured to receive the ICC Acharya P.C. Ray Award, instituted in the memory of a doyen and visionary, who is regarded as the Father of Chemical Sciences in India and founder of the country’s first pharmaceutical company. This recognition emboldens us further to continue delivering science-led differentiation on our mission of Serving Society through Science.”
Tata Chemicals’ nZnO has been developed using nanotechnology innovations and a patented eco-friendly and sustainable process. The product is free of harmful heavy metal compounds, has anti-viral and anti-microbial and UV blocking properties giving required performance at lower dosages which makes it a perfect example of excellent efficiency packed in nano units. Because of its unique properties, Tata Chemicals nZnO is used for industrial, textile and cosmetic applications, including cosmetics, paints/coatings, adhesives, plastics and baby care products.
The ICC Acharya P.C. Ray Award for Development of Indigenous Technology is a category at the annual National Awards by Indian Chemical Council, the apex organisation of chemical manufacturers in India.