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UC Berkeley and BASF Announce Five-year Extension of CARA Collaboration

Published on 2017-05-02. Author : SpecialChem

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NJ -- Many scientific discoveries and patent applications have resulted from more than 25 research projects underway since West Coast universities and BASF established the California Research Alliance (CARA) by BASF in 2014. This multidisciplinary collaboration headed by the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) conducts research on new inorganic and other advanced materials, biosciences and their applications.


To mark three years of CARA researchers working alongside BASF counterparts, members of these universities, guest professors, students, and BASF have convened for an Anniversary Symposium, April 24-25, 2017, at UC Berkeley to address recent research advancements. During the event, leaders from UC Berkeley and BASF announced a five-year extension of the CARA collaboration at a signing ceremony.

BASF and UC Berkeley extend alliance
BASF and UC Berkeley Extend Alliance
Peter Eckes, President of Bioscience Research and North America Research Representative, BASF, said:

“Our California Research Alliance brings together an entire university system with BASF’s global R&D organization. We see that as a great opportunity demonstrating the power of connecting academia and industry to drive innovation."

Paul Alivisatos, Berkeley's Vice Chancellor for Research and a campus chemistry professor, said:

"Three years and 25 research projects later, CARA has proven to be a big success. I'm delighted, but not surprised, because basic and applied research are not distinct activities. They are woven together and reinforce each other. That's why, like other CARA researchers, I am looking forward to several more years of cooperation with BASF."

Multiple Research Projects


Over the last three years, BASF experts and researchers from UC Berkeley; Stanford, UC Davis; UC Santa Barbara; UC San Francisco; and UC Los Angeles, have worked together on multiple research projects to make new materials, advance the functionality and performance of materials and develop methods and tools for tailoring the interaction between chemicals and biological systems.

Intermetallic Nanoparticles


One recent advancement was achieved by a joint team active in the field of catalysis. The researchers developed a synthesis of binary intermetallic nanoparticles from a combination of noble and base metals, which have the potential to be used in catalysis applications.

Peter Walther, Senior Vice President, Heterogeneous Catalysis, BASF, said:

“Previously, there were only physical methods for manufacturing very small quantities of such intermetallic nanoparticles. With this newly discovered chemical approach, a critical first step was taken towards preparation of these materials in large scales, which is a prerequisite for assessing their potential for industrial catalysis. The extensive nanoparticles expertise and application know-how at CARA combined with guidance provided to the postdoctoral researchers by Professor Paul Alivisatos and BASF were certainly decisive for the development of this new method.”

Following the successful tests at UC Berkeley, the synthesis of the nanoparticles and their potential application in catalysis is being further evaluated in BASF laboratories in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016.

BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of its customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. The company's portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS).

About CARA

California Research Alliance by BASF brings together researchers from widely varied science and engineering disciplines at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and other UC campuses to work shoulder-to-shoulder with their BASF counterparts in order to make new materials with unprecedented precision to bring about a revolution in the functionality and performance of materials.

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Source: BASF
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