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BASF expands international research network

December 06/2011
(BASF) -- BASF and three top European universities team up on functional materials research.  BASF SE has set up a research initiative called Joint Research Network on Advanced Materials and Systems (JONAS) in collaboration with the universities of Strasbourg, France; Freiburg, Germany, and ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

The aim is to work jointly to strengthen the scientific base and understanding of modern materials and systems and expand the international research network. Functional materials with new combinations of properties offer vast innovative potential. To realize that potential, we need both wide-ranging expertise and a creative interdisciplinary network in order to develop new impulses and ideas and joint exploration of new themes. That is precisely what we hope to achieve through close cooperation with these top universities, said Dr. Christian Fischer, head of Polymer Research at BASF.

The cooperation will create approximately 20 new post-doc positions at the three universities. The spectrum of future research themes is broad. One area is multi-materials, which are made up of a variety of components and in that way present new and improved performance profiles. Other examples of future research topics are biobased and biodegradable polymers.

The diversity of the potential material innovations from this cooperation is immense, and the potential applications are equally wide-ranging, commented Dr. Bernd Bruchmann, BASF Vice President in Polymer Research and head of JONAS, adding that system solutions in heat management, lightweight construction and sustainable packaging were areas of interest.

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