International Team Researches into Carbon-Based Materials
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BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) recently opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Centre (CMIC), at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site.
A multidisciplinary task force will research the scientific principles and potential applications of innovative carbonised materials. The twelve-member international team is composed of chemists, physicists and material scientists. The activities conducted in the 200 square metre laboratory will include synthesizing and characterising new materials and evaluating their potential uses in energy and electronic applications. The total investment for the joint research and development platform amounts to 10 million euros. The cooperation is initially scheduled to run for three years.
“We are on the threshold of a new cross-sectional technology that will revolutionize numerous applications and open the way to innovations. The race to discover future applications of carbon-based materials like graphene is in full progress and we want to be among the very front runners when it comes to utilizing this potential,” said Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF and Research Executive Director, at the laboratory inauguration ceremony.
The CMIC is the first research platform to be operated by BASF jointly with a scientific partner on a BASF site.