BASF Opens Research Center for Catalysts and Processes in Ludwigshafen

26th March 2019

BASF Opens Research Center for Catalysts and Processes in Ludwigshafen

BASF has inaugurated a research center for catalyst and process development at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The new facility will be operated by the global research unit Process Research & Chemical Engineering. The new pilot plant houses highly automated experimental facilities for process development and testing of new process catalysts. According to BASF, the modernized lab features a modular construction of the testing facilities, the use of digital technologies to better visualize and manage the pilot plants, and a digitalized working environment.

To implement this concept, a 60-year old building was completely gutted and modernized over the past 2 years. While research can now be carried out on the ground floor of the building, the renovations will continue on the next floor. According to BASF, the company is investing a single-digit million euro sum per year in this project. After completion of the modernization, which is expected to take a few years, this building is planned to become the central hub for experimental work with automated pilot plants for liquid and gaseous substances.

“With the increasing importance of the BASF segments Chemicals and Industrial Solutions, there is a growing need for product research and especially process research,” said Detlef Kratz, head of the research unit Process Research & Chemical Engineering.

The concept of the new pilot plant also includes professional data management. The seamless integration of process and analysis data should enable automatic data integration and evaluation of processes.

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The new research center of BASF in Ludwigshafen houses highly automated experimental facilities for efficient process development and testing of process catalysts.

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