JPS Luncheon: A. N. Sreeram, “Adapting to the Shale Gale: Abundance Creates Shortage”

A. N. Sreeram

A. N. Sreeram

This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series featured a keynote address by A. N. Sreeram, corporate vice president of research and development, The Dow Chemical Company. On September 12, 2013, Sreeram presented “Adapting to the Shale Gale: Abundance Creates Shortage.”


Shale gas is revitalizing the U.S. chemical industry. Technology, not geology, has created an abundance of ethylene, a key raw material for the industry. Unprecedented growth in ethane cracking and, with the shift to lighter feedstock, unprecedented growth in ethylene derivatives is occurring. New technologies will be required as abundance in ethylene crimps supplies of other key chemical building blocks.

A brief overview of the state of the industry and the astounding growth in shale resources was followed by a discussion of the changes brought by the abundance of shale-derived ethane. Challenges and opportunities abound as the U.S. industry prepares for a bright future. 

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About the Speaker

A. N. Sreeram is the corporate vice president of research and development for The Dow Chemical Company.

Before assuming his current role he was vice president of research and development for Dow Advanced Materials. In this role he was responsible for driving innovation across the portfolio.

Sreeram joined Dow in June 2006 as the vice president of core R&D, where he initiated innovation in the application of advanced materials to a number of areas, including automotive, infrastructure, and health.

Sreeram has extensive experience in the electronics, chemicals, and materials industries. Before joining Dow, Sreeram served as the vice president of worldwide technology for Cookson Electronics, in New Jersey, followed by a stint as the global technology director and chief technology officer for DuPont Electronic Technologies. Earlier, he led the Electronic and Flat Display Program for Sarnoff Corporation, in Princeton, New Jersey.

He holds an undergraduate degree in ceramics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology−BHU, Varanasi, India; a master’s degree in glass science from Alfred University; and a doctorate from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sreeram holds more than 20 U.S. issued patents, with others pending, and has contributed to many publications.

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