The Remote Chemical Security Training for Chemists, Engineers and Safety Professionals organized by the Department of ChE and supported by CRDF Global and the US Department of State’s Chemical Security Program (CSP) was a three-day long training program held from 26-28 May 2021. Prominent experts on chemical security vulnerabilities and best practices from academia and industry discussed risk potential on improper chemical storage, chemical inventory management, security vulnerabilities, chemical security risk mitigation strategies, and transportation security. Over 70 participants from industry, academia and governmental organizations came together to talk about chemical security threats, better understand ongoing Bangladeshi efforts to mitigate these risks, and develop strategies to further improve chemical security in Bangladeshi chemical and other associated industries. The inaugural session was attended by Ambassador Kryzysztof Paturej, President of the International Center for Chemical Safety and Security, and Prof. Abdul Jabbar Khan, the honorable Pro-Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology.
Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and his team have secured a Bangladeshi Patent application entitled: “A Device & the Apparatus for (Uric Acid) Analysis of Bio-fluid” (application no. 147/2018, dated 07/06/2018). Recently the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, has officially issued BD Patent Certificate (Patent No.: 1006215, Issue No. 1549, Date 03-03-2021) as the recognition of the successful patent application of the aforementioned innovation work by BUET researchers. The reported technique is an early generation paper-based technique for the qualitative and quantitative detection of uric acid in biofluids. The inception, experimental work, and drafting of the patent work have been solely carried out by the researchers at BUET. The other inventors of this work are Md. Nazibul Islam, Isteque Ahmed, Md. Sakib Ferdous and Muzahidul Islam Anik from the same department. The researchers have already published the scientific content of the research work in the Frontiers in Chemistry, which is available at Developing Paper Based Diagnostic Technique to Detect Uric Acid in Urine. Front. Chem. 6:496. (https://doi.org/10.3389/fchem.2018.00496) Prior to this patent, the research group from BUET has also secured another Bangladeshi Patent entitled: “Low-Cost Paper Diagnostics for the Qualitative and Quantitative Detection of Formaldehyde (Formalin, Primary Aldehyde) in Food, Water and other Biofluids” (Patent No.: 1006040, Issue No. 605, Date 02-09-2019) (inventors: Mohidus Samad Khan, Md. Nazibul Islam and Mehnaz Mursalat).
Prof. Syeda Sultana Razi has been appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for a second three-year term, effective from January 1, 2021. Director-General of the OPCW Fernando Arias has made this appointment after the 95th session of the Executive Council of the OPCW in The Hague. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), with its 193 member states, has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavor for the permanent and verifiable elimination of chemical weapons. OPCW was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Peace for its comprehensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is an OPCW subsidiary body that enables the Director-General to render specialized advice in science and technology to the Conference, Executive Council, or States Parties to the Convention. The SAB is made up of 25 independent experts from the OPCW Member States. Syeda Sultana Razia is the first Bangladeshi national appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the OPCW since its inception in 1998.