T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation

The T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation explores, celebrates, and encourages innovation and sustainability in the chemical sciences.

This event brings together established and emerging leaders in the technical, entrepreneurial, healthcare, and policy arenas to share innovative ideas that address society’s needs in the 21st century.

2021 Symposium: Innovations in Sustainable Chemistry

The 2021 virtual symposium featured opening remarks by Albert Y. Chao, president and CEO of Westlake Chemical, and David Cole, president and CEO of the Science History Institute, who moderated a panel discussion by green chemistry and sustainability experts, including:

  • Daryl Boudreaux
    Founding Director, Office of Technology Transfer, Rice University (retired)
  • James D. Batteas
    D. Wayne Goodman Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Naomi Halas
    Professor, Rice University and Co-Founder, Syzygy Plasmonics
  • Trevor Best
    Co-Founder and CEO, Syzygy Plasmonics
  • Eric Schelter
    Director, NSF Center for Sustainable Separations of Metals and Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

Infrastructures for Innovation Series

The three-year Infrastructures for Innovation series within the Chao Symposium on Innovation examined and drew attention to the systems needed to support innovation and innovation-based industries and the ways in which historical industries continue to shape the future of innovation.

Aligning Policy and Practice
November 12, 2020

Making Space for Innovation in the 21st Century
April 16, 2019

Financing Innovation in Houston Today for Tomorrow
May 1, 2018


The T. T. Chao Symposium is made possible through the generosity of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation.