Press Release 142/2009

BASF and KIT Open Joint Research Laboratory

At the JointLab “IP3” Scientists Develop Integrated Processes for the Production of Nanomaterials – Transfer of Scientific Know-how to Products
Construction of equipment at the JointLab IP3: Transfer of nanoparticles into the liquid phase. (Photo by: Gabi Zachmann)
Construction of equipment at the JointLab IP3: Transfer of nanoparticles into the liquid phase. (Photo by: Gabi Zachmann)

“IP3“ – innovative products, intelligent particles, integrated processes – is a joint laboratory for process technology at Karlsruhe, which has been founded by KIT and BASF SE. The JointLab has been established for five years for the time being. Both partners are represented equally. Activities will focus on the development of nanostructured functional materials for use in organic electronics, as pigments, agrochemicals, medicine, or catalysts.

The JointLab was opened on Friday, December 18, 15 hrs, at the assembly hall of the Center for Advanced Technological and Envi-ronmental Training (FTU), KIT Campus North, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen.

The funding volume of the joint laboratory amounts to about 8 million euros for the contractual period of five years. These funds are pro-vided by BASF, KIT, and the state of Baden-Württemberg.

State Minister of Science, Professor Dr. Peter Frankenberg, con-gratulates on the start of “this highly promising model” of a close cooperation of science and industry. “Two global players have come to cooperate in IP3 and to mutually extend and complement their competences. They are active in a highly relevant field of research. The findings of IP3 will be used by both BASF and KIT as a basis for further directly application-oriented projects.”
In the first phase, the IP3 team will include 20 scientists, of these, eleven Ph. D. students. Five KIT institutes will be involved with their know-how and their infrastructure. IP3 is designed decentrally in order to effectively and efficiently use the competences of the part-ners and to grow in a need-oriented manner in the future.

“With the establishment of the JointLab at KIT, we wish to further intensify the long excellent cooperation between Universität Karlsruhe and the research departments of BASF”, underlines Pro-fessor Rainer Diercks, President of the BASF Competence Center for Chemicals Research and Engineering.” New approaches to the development of integrated processes from raw materials to finished products require a high degree of competence in the field of particle technology and close cooperation of an interdisciplinary group of researchers. These conditions are fulfilled excellently by the Joint-Lab.”

Professor Gerhard Kasper, Head of the Department of Gas Particle Systems of the KIT Institute for Mechanical Process Technology and Mechanics, considers the combination of fundamental research with application-oriented development in these projects to be highly promising: “Only processes that are well understood can be opti-mized specifically and transferred to new applications” says the scientist.

At the JointLab, the researchers will study individual process mod-ules by means of modern methods for later upscaling and combina-tion for use. It is aimed at producing particulate materials with ex-tremely small structures that can be controlled precisely by the proc-ess conduct. Precision, reproducibility, and modularity of the proc-ess steps on the nanometer scale are the keys to an optimally adapted functionality and, hence, implementation of many innovative product ideas. At the same time, the scientists involved also see better chances for a sustainable production of known materials. Precisely controllable processes consume less valuable raw materi-als and guarantee safe handling of nanoparticles and customized products.  
Further information on the project at the joint laboratory IP3 and the scientists involved can be obtained at:

15:00 hrs Professor Dr. Horst Hippler
President of KIT
Welcome Address

15:15 hrs Professor Dr. Peter Frankenberg
Minister of Science, Research, and Art of the State of
Address and Opening of IP3

15:45 hrs Dr. John Feldmann
Member of the Board of BASF

16:00 hrs Professor Dr. Martin Strohrmann
IP3 Vision

16:20 hrs Coffee break

16:45 hrs Professor Dr. Horst Hahn
Nanoparticulate Structures and Their Functional Properties

17:15 hrs Professor Dr. Mansoo Choi
Aerosol Engineering of Nanoparticles

17:45 hts Professor Dr. Nikolai Denkov
Drop Breakup and Coalescence during Emulsification – an Old
Research Problem with New Technological Perspectives

18:15 hrs Reception

About KIT
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a public corporation and state institution of Baden-Württemberg. It fulfills the mis-sion of a university and the mission of a national research cen-ter of the Helmholtz Association. KIT pursues its tasks in the knowledge triangle of research, teaching, and innovation.

About BASF
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. Its portolio covers chemicals, plastics, performance products, crop protec-tion products, fine chemicals as well as oil and gas. As a reli-able partner, BASF helps its customers to be more successful in nearly all branches. With high-quality products and intelli-gent solutions, BASF contributes to responding to global chal-lenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition, and mobility. Further information on BASF can be found at

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