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BASF and Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research open joint research laboratory for graphene

BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) opened their joint research and development platform, the Carbon Materials Innovation Center (CMIC), at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site. A multidisciplinary task force will research the scientific principles and potential applications of innovative carbonized materials such as graphene.

The twelve-member international team is composed of chemists, physicists and material scientists. The activities conducted in the 200 m2 laboratory will include synthesizing and characterizing 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 ($US12.9 million). 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. Through the Carbon Materials Innovation Center and together with our partners, we want to become better acquainted with the materials in order to evaluate the 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.

—Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF and Research Executive Director

MPI-P and BASF have been jointly researching the carbon material graphene since 2008. The CMIC is the next step in jointly investigating and successfully accessing the potential of not only graphene, but also of other innovative carbon-based materials.

The CMIC is the first research platform to be operated by BASF jointly with a scientific partner on a BASF site.



Low cost graphene material will have many applications in many fields in the near future. This joint effort is good news to accelerate the development. Sony (Japan) has recently printed much lower cost large/long graphene rolls for industrial uses.

Graphene make excellent lower volume/thickness/weight support structure material for many uses. It could benefit most future composites.

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