Academic Collaboration to Focus on New Materials Development for Various Industries

We serve as a resource for our consumers by meeting their current and future needs through science and innovation. Research and development (R&D) is crucial to our strategy in accomplishing that goal.

Because of this, we've launched a research initiative in partnership with  Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT), and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst. This program is called "North American Center for Research on Advanced Materials" and will focus on jointly developing new materials for automotive, building and construction, and energy industries.

The advantage of this collaboration is that scientists from diverse disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology and engineering will all work together. As these individuals draw on their academic background, they will help us develop innovative research approaches.

"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 solutions," says Christian Fischer, Ph.D., president of BASF's Advanced Materials and Systems Research.

Together, we will choose the research topics but it has already been decided that there will be a focus on micro- and nanostructured polymers with new properties and biomimetic materials that emulate nature.  As an example, scientists will be working on lightweight construction material for wind turbines and automotive construction, as well as new color effects for cosmetic application.

This program will create about 20 new post-doctoral positions at the three universities. It will also enhance our research capabilities and by doing so, allow us to maintain an innovative edge and expand our international research network.

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. From left: 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.