David West joined SABIC in 2012 as their first Corporate Fellow where he has focused on initiating and developing new projects for manufacturing basic chemicals and differentiating SABIC’s materials portfolio. He has also focused on identifying, recruiting, and hiring top talent to fill key expertise gaps in the R&D organization. He expanded the mission and scope of the Corporate R&D Lab during an assignment as General Manager. His lab developed new technology and capabilities for making thermoplastic composites that are lighter, stronger, faster and cheaper than conventional thermoset composites. This has enabled new opportunities within the Specialties Business Unit. During the same period, CR&D developed biological technology for making omega-6 fatty acids from micro-algae native to the Red Sea, which was spun-off as a start-up company in Saudi Arabia. They developed a polymeric capacitor film that has been commercialized; a new technology for pyrolysis and recycle of plastic waste, which is the basis for SABIC’s TrueCircle™ line of plastics; and a controlled release fertilizer, which is nearing commercialization. David initiated the concept and led the development of a novel reactor technology for millisecond adiabatic autothermal oxidative coupling of methane, a potential breakthrough in heat management and process intensification.
Prior to joining SABIC, he worked 31 years at The Dow Chemical Company in various technical and leadership positions in Business and Corporate R&D. West is coauthor of 40 journal articles, editor of two books, co-inventor of 29 granted patents and 173 pending patent applications. He has presented 25 invited lectures and 34 presentations at technical meetings. He is a past member of the Consulting Editors Board for AIChE Journal, Institute Awards Committee for AIChE, and Board of ISCRE; co-chair for NASCRE3 and MACKIE2 conferences, and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston. He received the 2012 AIChE Practice Award for Catalysis and Reaction Engineering. David has a BS degree in Chemistry from Florida State University and his interests include reaction engineering, fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, novel materials, and nonlinear dynamics.