BASF and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have opened an R&D centre at BASF's Ludwigshafen site in Germany at which the groups will jointly research carbon-based materials for use in energy storage systems and electronic applications.
The Carbon Materials Innovation Center will receive €10m investment to research applications for carbon-based materials like grapheme. The cooperation is initially scheduled to run for three years.
“There is a wide range of ideas for applications, including displays or batteries with a vast market potential for these applications,” said Andreas Kreimeyer, member of the board of executive directors at BASF.
MPI-P and BASF have been jointly researching the carbon material graphene since 2008. But this is the first research platform to be operated by BASF jointly with a scientific partner on a BASF site.