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BASF and leading Asian universities establish joint research network targeting functional materials for the automotive and other industries

14 March 2014

BASF has established the research initiative “Network for Advanced Materials Open Research” (NAO) together with seven leading universities and research institutes in China, Japan and South Korea. The scientists aim to cooperate in developing new materials for a wide range of applications, with an initial focus on products for the automotive, construction, detergent and cleaners industries as well as the water and wind energy industries.

The initiative marks a further step in BASF’s strategy to expand global research activities. BASF plans to conduct 50% of its research activities by 2020 outside of Europe, one-quarter in Asia Pacific. BASF has also launched similar initiatives around the world, the “Joint Research Network on Advanced Materials and Systems” (JONAS) in Europe, as well as the "North America Center for Research on Advanced Materials" (NORA).

The Beijing University of Chemical Technology, the Beijing Institute of Technology, the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Fudan University, Hanyang University, Kyoto University and Tsinghua University are participating in the initiative. The researchers are being supported and advised by a scientific committee comprising six independent professors and scientists from BASF.

The academic partners are not only contributing their scientific expertise in material sciences, modeling and synthesis methods, but are also introducing ideas for interesting research approaches. Besides their well-founded scientific knowledge, the BASF researchers also possess the necessary experience in translating the research findings into technically feasible solutions and identifying which material properties are required for different industries and applications.

The cooperation has a long-term focus, with ideas and projects developed and established jointly by the partners. Initial research projects have already been launched across the region and others are in preparation.

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