Dr. Mahesh Sawant is a Senior Research Scientist in Plastics & Hydrocarbons business at Dow Chemical. He started his career in Dow in 2007. He has extensive industrial experience in designing and troubleshooting downstream purification processes and integration of advanced separation techniques in brownfield and greenfield projects. His skills are instrumental in modernizing multiple chemical processes using patented process intensification technologies that have generated significant value and impact to Dow and its customers. At Dow, his expertise has been critical in scale-up and commercialization of cellulosic and acrylic polymers in consumer goods markets which include ACUSOL™ LA, Ecosmooth™ Delight and ECOFAST™ Pure. In his current role, he leads the technology development and life cycle assessment of circular and renewable technologies, with the mission to enhance the performance, quality and sustainability of circular plastics and materials.
He has received 6 Dow global technology innovation and business excellence awards for commercializing breakthrough processes and products and is a co-inventor of 14 granted US patents.
Mahesh earned his Master of Technology (M. Tech) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (India) and Ph.D. in Chemical Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (India).