BASF and Top American Universities to Research New Functional Material
FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 03/08/13 --
-- Focus on innovative materials for the automotive, building and
construction, and energy sectors
-- BASF extends international research network
BASF SE has launched a research initiative called "North American
Center for Research on Advanced Materials" through which it is
collaborating with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT), and the University of Massachusetts (UMass)
Amherst. One goal of this initiative is to jointly develop new
materials for the automotive, building and construction, and energy
industries. The cooperation is initially planned for five years.
About 20 new post-doctoral positions will be created at the three
"This collaboration with these prestigious American universities is
an important expansion of our international research network," said
Hans Engel, CEO of BASF Corporation and CFO of BASF SE. "It is part
of BASF's strategy to further extend our global research and
development activities. We rely on strong partners for this project."
Scientists from disciplines such as chemistry, physics and biology
and engineers with know-how in different industries wil
together in this research initiative. The academic partners
contribute not only their expertise in material sciences, modeling
and formulation methods, but also provide new ideas for interesting
research approaches. Besides fundamental scientific knowledge, BASF
researchers will contribute the necessary experience in transforming
research results into technically feasible processes and products and
input about which materials are needed in the different industries
The ideas and topics to be researched will be decided jointly by the
researchers participating in the initiative. Topics already
identified include micro- and nanostructured polymers with new
properties, as well as biomimetic materials that emulate nature. For
example, the scientists are working on lightweight construction
materials for wind turbines and automotive construction and on new
color effects for cosmetic applications.
"We need the creative spirit of the widest possible range of sciences
to develop solutions to meet the needs of a growing world population
for clean drinking water, secure energy supply and improved quality
of life," explains Christian Fischer, Ph.D., President of BASF's
Advanced Materials and Systems Research. "I am convinced that BASF's
market oriented materials and systems researchers, together with the
outstanding scientists at the American universities, make up the
ideal team for seeking out technically and economically viable
The research scientists are supported and advised by a scientific
committee that includes BASF scientists and George Whitesides, Ph.D.
and Dave Weitz, Ph.D. of Harvard; Robert Langer, Ph.D. and Mary
Boyce, Ph.D. of MIT, and Todd Emrick, Ph.D. and Alan Lesser, Ph.D. of
The American research initiative will build on the successful
cooperation between BASF and Harvard University. During the five
years' cooperation to date, 13 academic research groups have been
working together with BASF scientists.
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Suggested caption: BASF SE has announced a research initiative called
"North American Center for Research on Advanced Materials" through
which it is collaborating with Harvard University, the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Massachusetts
(UMass) Amherst. From left are Michael Malone, Vice Chancellor for
Research & Engagement, UMass Amherst; Christian Fischer, President of
BASF's Advanced Materials and Systems Research; Richard McCullough,
Vice Provost for Research, Harvard University; and Mary C. Boyce,
Professor of Engineering, Head of Department, MIT.
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North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has
more than 16,900 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.7
billion in 2012. For more information about BASF's North American
operations, visit www.basf.us.
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Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products
and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic
success with environmental protection and social responsibility.
Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly
every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our
products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring
nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this
contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a
sustainable future. BASF posted sales of EUR 78.7 billion in 2012 and
had more than 113,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further
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Contact for North America:
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