BASF Max Planck open new graphene research centre

BASF and Max Planck open new graphene research centre

6:20 AM, 25th September 2012
BASF and Max Planck open new graphene research centre
Dr Andreas Kreimeyer, Member, Executive Board Directors, BASF.

LUDWIGSHAFEN/MAINZ, GERMANY: BASF and Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) opened their joint research and development (R&D) platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Centre (CMIC), at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site. The total investment for the joint R&D platform amounts to €10 million. The co-operation is initially scheduled to run for three years.

The 12-member, multidisciplinary international team will research scientific principles and potential applications of innovative carbonized materials. The activities conducted in the 200 square metre laboratory will include synthesizing and characterizing new materials and evaluating their potential uses in energy and electronic applications.

“The race to discover future applications of carbon-based materials like graphene is in full progress. We want to become better acquainted with the materials in order to evaluate possibilities for sustainable applications. There is a wide range of ideas for applications, including displays or batteries with a vast market potential for these applications,” said Dr Andreas Kreimeyer, Member, Executive Board Directors, BASF.

MPI-P and BASF have been jointly researching the carbon material graphene since 2008. The CMIC is the first research platform to be operated by BASF jointly with a scientific partner on a BASF site. “Graphene is a novel material with many promising properties and potential applications,” said Prof Dr Klaus Mullen, Director at MPI-P, who has already made important advances in synthesizing defined graphene nanoribbons, said. The material features its specific semiconductor properties with unique performance characteristics only in this specific form.

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