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UniCat Cluster of Excellence and BASF to establish joint lab

December 08/2011

(BASF) -- On December 8, 2011, the Cluster of Excellence Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (UniCat) and the chemical company BASF SE signed a cooperation agreement establishing a new joint lab dedicated to the development of new catalytic processes for raw material change. The move promotes the search for alternatives to petroleum, in particular the use of natural gas. The long term goal is to ensure the continued future availability of raw materials for the production of chemicals.
 


BASF SE and Technische Universitat Berlin are putting substantial resources into setting up the UniCat-BASF Joint Lab. BASF plans to invest up to EUR6.4 million during the first five years. The total volume amounts to about EUR13 million. Twelve postdocs and postgrads will do research in the 900 square meter lab. Installation of equipment for catalyst synthesis, characterization and testing starts in January 2012.


Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (UniCat) is the Cluster of Excellence within the framework of the German Initiative for Excellence researching the economically important field of catalysis. More than 250 chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers from four universities and two Max Planck research institutes from Berlin and Potsdam are involved in this interdisciplinary research network. The Cluster is hosted by the Technische Universitat Berlin. The subject areas covered range from the chemical conversion of natural and biogas, the activation of carbon dioxide and the creation of hydrogen from light and water, to the synthesis of active ingredients using enzymes.


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