A 1991 Ph.D. in chemistry from UDCT (Now the Institute of Chemical Technology) and 1997 MBA in marketing from Welingkar Institute of Management; Dr. Gadekar can be termed to have achieved the perfect balance between science behind chemistry and art of management.
Having worked for 18 years in Asian Paints, he is the Vice President, R&D – Adhesives & Coatings at Pidilite Industries Limited since 2009.
Dr. Gadekar has actively participated in various National/ International Conferences/ Seminars. He has presented/ published research articles at National / International forums/ journals and has over 20 publications / Presentations to his credit.
He is a member on various forums like BIS and a life member of “Indian Institute of Surfactant Science & Technology”, “Indian Academy of Wood Science”, UDCT Alumni Association (University Institute of Chemical Technology) and “Colour Society”.
Chemical Laboratory Designs – The Users Perspective
There is always a continuous and rapid upgradation in Technology due to advances in various and newer areas. The applied chemical Industry is also impacted due to various changes like those in materials, usage practices, expectations from users & consumers. Due to such business dynamics as well as technical advancement, the user expects flexibility in lab infrastructure to meet ever changing requirements. It is important that this concern is addressed to avoid redundancy within 10 years.
Green technology is the focus of many consumer goods and even if the chemist is developing such green products for the customers, however, he /she is exposing himself/herself to those harmful chemicals, and hence there is a concern about personal and team safety.
As per nature of the business, every organization will have different requirements of lab furniture as well as there are different user’s habits and behaviour and hence its critical for lab furniture designers to seek appropriate information by observing thier work at the same time a wise designer will also anticipate future needs to build flexible, userfriendly as well as safe designs.
While designing the laboratory furniture, the perspective of the end user is critical, taking into account matters like ergonomics, freedom from maintenance, ease of access of various utilities etc as the users safety as well as comfort will make the lab a great place to work.
The need for data analytics as a supplement to laboratory work is now being appreciated more and more. The importance of generating more extensive as well as intensive data related to proc-esses and materials, and then analysing it to derive learning is need of the day. The correct in-struments, the right tools and their optimum use, are invaluable in increasing the productivity of laboratory work. Lab designers will need to understand such futuristic needs and develop solutions which will delight the user.