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Episode 24: Emerging trends in motorcycle engine oils

Anand Bhargav is global segment manager for main-tier PCMO [Passenger Car Motor Oil] and Small Engines segments at Chevron Oronite Pte Ltd based in Singapore. Bhargav, who has more than 25 years of lubricant additive industry experience, joined Vicky Villena-Denton, CEO, and editor-in-chief of F&L Asia Ltd, to share his perspective on emerging trends in […]

Episode 23: Conversation with Novvi CEO Jeff Brown

Jeffrey (Jeff) Brown has extensive experience bringing new technologies to market and is a pioneer in the field of renewable chemicals.  Prior to co-founding and becoming president and CEO of Novvi, he was a vice president at Amyris, a synthetic biotechnology and renewable chemical company headquartered in Emeryville, California, U.S.A., developing new products from synthetic […]

Episode 21: Biodiesel and EV trends in Thailand

In this episode, Dr. Nuwong Chollacoop, Renewable Energy Research Team Leader at the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) in Thailand, shares the latest biodiesel and electric vehicle (EV) trends in Thailand. Thailand currently mandates all petroleum diesel being sold in Thailand to be blended with 7% biodiesel.  Thailand is the world’s third largest […]

Episode 20: Carbon neutrality goals to drive IFC performance standards and specifications

An OEM-led consortium is trying to transform how global vehicle fluid specifications are being defined today to meet society’s carbon neutrality goals by 2035 and 2050. Carbon neutrality goals are definitely going to drive the performance standards and specifications coming out of the International Fluids Consortium (IFC), said Mike Kunselman, business development manager of Michigan, […]

Episode 19: Conversation with IndianOil’s R&D Director Dr. SSV Ramakumar

Indian Oil Corp. (IndianOil), a Fortune 500 company, remains a clear lubricants market leader in India, three decades after India deregulated its lubricants market. In this interview, Dr. SSV Ramakumar describes his journey from a young chemist fresh from obtaining his doctorate in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee to becoming the esteemed director of […]

Episode 17: How AI can improve the predictive power of tribology, the tribological challenges of electrical vehicles and why the energy transition should be an evolution

Dr. Boris Zhmud, born in Russia, now based in Stockholm, Sweden, has more than 20 years of professional experience in lubricants and lubrication engineering. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and has several patents. He currently consults on tribological problems for companies in Europe, including in Germany and in the UK. […]

Episode 15: Developing next-generation fluids for next-generation hardware

In this episode, Rebecca Warden discusses the work of the Advanced Fluids for Electrified Vehicles (AFEV) consortium at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Warden, who is the manager of the Fleet and Driveline Fluids Evaluation Section at SwRI, is co-project manager of the AFEV consortium. During her 12-year career at SwRI, Warden has been involved with […]

Episode 13: Could this be the last of the ACEA Engine Oil Sequences?

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) published the latest ACEA European Engine Oil Sequences on April 30, 2021, with first allowable use commencing on 1 May 2021. For the first time, ACEA has split the light- and heavy-duty specifications, with only the light-duty standards updated. The heavy-duty and passenger car efforts are moving at different […]

Episode 11: A conversation with multi-awarded tribologist Ashlie Martini

Multi-awarded tribologist Ashlie Martini, a professor of mechanical engineering at University of California, Merced, discusses the future of tribology and why a tribologist will always have a job. Tribology is an enabling or supporting technology, says Martini, who traces back tribology to ancient Egypt, although the term was coined only in the 1960s by Professor […]

Episode 10: A conversation with Infineum’s Technology & Sustainability Director Maurizio Abbondanza

Infineum to publish its first sustainability report Infineum, a leading formulator, manufacturer, and marketer of petroleum additives for the fuel and lubricant industries, expects to publish its first sustainability report sometime in April 2021, says Maurizio Abbondanza, technology & sustainability director at Infineum UK Ltd. The release of the sustainability report marks an important milestone for the […]
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