The Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat) and BASF opened the new BasCat Laboratory on the South Campus of Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany. On about 1,000 m2 of laboratory and office area, 17 scientists, headed by Professor Matthias Drieß, TU Berlin (left), und Dr. Frank Rosowski, BASF, (right), will be researching the principles of heterogeneous catalysis for raw material change. Around EUR 13 million are devoted to establishing the laboratory: BASF is investing up to EUR 6.4 million during the first five years.
“Together with our internationally prestigious partners, we want to generate fundamental scientific knowledge of the activation of less reactive molecules to accelerate the development of industrially relevant catalysts over the long term.” says Dr. Peter Schuhmacher, President Process Research and Chemical Engineering at BASF. The research partners include working groups from the natural and engineering sciences, e.g., at the Institutes of Chemistry, Process Technology and Material Sciences at TU Berlin, and in the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the Fritz Haber Institute.
Photo: ©: TU Berlin
Also of interest:
- News: Raw Material Change: New Lab,
ChemistryViews.org 12 December 2011
Joint lab established by UniCat Cluster of Excellence and BASF dedicated to development of new catalytic processes for raw material change