ExxonMobil Chemical Company and the University of Houston have signed a multi-year research agreement that will focus on helping the industry develop energy-efficient solutions for manufacturing petrochemical products while minimizing their environmental impact.

The agreement, which is valued at $1 million over a five-year period, will involve faculty and students from the disciplines of chemistry, chemical engineering and material science.

Researchers from ExxonMobil will have the opportunity to collaborate with UH faculty and students on various projects and the resulting publications.

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at UH, said the projects will range from studying the fundamentals of catalysis to exploring processes for producing specialty chemicals and polymers.

Work has already begun on the first project, which involves studying the production of advanced elastomers.

"One of the most important issues facing society and our company today is the dual challenge of safely and responsibly delivering products needed for economic and social progress, while at the same time reducing impacts on the environment," said Dominic Clausi, vice president of chemical technology for ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

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