BASF has set up the research initiative Joint Research Network on Advanced Materials and Systems (JONAS) in collaboration with the universities of Strasbourg, France, Freiburg, Germany, and the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The aim is to work jointly to strengthen the research base and understanding of futuristic materials and systems and expand the international research network. The cooperation will create approximately 20 new post-doc positions at the three universities.
Dr. Bernd Bruchmann, BASF Vice President in Polymer Research, is the head of JONAS. The scientific advisory board consists of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn and Prof. Paolo Samori from Strasbourg, Prof. Rolf Mülhaupt and Prof. Jürgen Rühe from Freiburg, Prof. Massimo Morbidelli and Prof. Ludwig J. Gauckler from Zurich, as well as BASF scientists.
One area of the broad spectrum of future research themes is multi-materials, which are made up of a variety of components and in that way present new and improved performance profiles. Other examples are biobased and biodegradable polymers.
JONAS builds upon the excellent past experience of the collaboration between BASF and the University of Strasbourg. Since 2003, BASF has been cooperating closely with the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), which was founded by Nobel laureate Professor Jean-Marie Lehn.
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Front row (l. to r.): Dr. Christian Fischer (Head of Polymer Research, BASF), Prof. Massimo Morbidelli (ETH Zurich),
Prof. Paolo Samori (University of Strasbourg, ISIS), Prof. Ludwig L. Gauckler (ETH Zurich).
Back row: Prof. Rolf Mülhaupt (Freiburg University), Michael Heinz (Member of the Board, BASF),
Dr. Bernd Bruchmann (BASF – JONAS), Prof. Jürgen Rühe (Freiburg University).
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