Vijay Swarup

ExxonMobil Corporation

Vice President, Research & Development

Vijay Swarup’s mission is to ensure billions of people worldwide have access to reliable, affordable energy and a better quality of life - all while minimizing impacts on the environment including the risks of climate change. By preserving endless curiosity and driving continuous improvement, he sees ExxonMobil as leading the scientific discoveries to solve the biggest energy challenges of the next 50 years. As the vice president of research and development, Vijay leads a team of scientists (and engineers) in developing ways to improve supply options of the world’s energy resources, as well as advance carbon capture technology, biofuels and alternative energy. ExxonMobil is a leader in carbon capture systems, leading several carbon dioxide injection projects over the past three decades. ExxonMobil is also researching and developing oil from algae to be used as a renewable, lower-emission alternative to traditional transportation fuels. Vijay believes successful research and development has the ability to change society’s future and its impact on the environment. A 30-year veteran of ExxonMobil, Vijay continues to believe the solutions of tomorrow will unveil through ongoing curiosity leading to scientific discovery. Throughout his career at ExxonMobil, Vijay has assumed a variety of leadership roles in engineering, chemicals, and planning, from Alberta, Canada, to Baytown, Texas. Vijay earned Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rutgers University.

Sessions With Vijay Swarup

Thursday, 21 October

  • 03:10pm - 03:40pm (IST) / 21/oct/2021 09:40 am - 21/oct/2021 10:10 am

    Innovation Agora

    Biofuels: From gallons to barrels


    Biofuels offer a potential alternative for India to mitigate high dependence on oil imports. The country recently advanced its target of 20% ethanol blending in petrol by five years to 2025. With its large biomass resource base, bioenergy is an attractive means to increase energy security and sustainability. How large a contribution will biofuels make in India’s energy security and emission reduction efforts? How can India ensure ample feedstock availability and plant capacities for sustainable and commercial production of biofuels? How are advanced technologies, carbon intensity improvements, and policy support affecting the next generation of biofuels? Which global best practices should India implement to meet national biofuel mandates?