Materials Research in teamwork
German chemical giant BASF has launched a research initiative named Joint Research Network on Advanced Materials and Systems (JONAS) and in partnership with prominent universities
The universities collaborating with BASF are Strasbourg (F), Freiburg (D) and ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). The projected new cooperation will create about 20 new post doctorate positions within the three universities.
JONAS will have also a scientific advisory board consisting of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn and Prof. Paolo Samori from Strasbourg, Prof. Rolf Mülhaupt and Prof. Jürgen Rühe from Freiburg and Prof. Massimo Morbidelli and Prof. Ludwig J. Gauckler from Zurich and Dr. Bernd Bruchmann acting as head of JONAS and he is also Vice President in Polymer Research at BASF.
The principle aim of the collaboration is to strengthen the scientific base and understanding of modern materials and systems and to expand the international research network. The diversity of the potential material innovations are almost countless and with broad research themes. One are will be multi-materials made up of a variety of components presented with new and improved performance profiles. Other topics are biobased and biodegradable polymers. Bionics will be helpful in the search for interesting materials and systems and transforming them into innovative technologies. All research will be based on an interdisciplinary approach and joint exploration of promising new themes. Bruchmann from BASF declares: “It is highly possible that in the near future we will be working on topics and issues that BASF up to now has been actively involved”.
Further details on the project can be had from the following internet address.