Plant biotechnology research in the greenhouse, Research Triangl
Who we are

Research for the future

Effective and efficient research and development is a prerequisite for innovation as well as an important growth engine for BASF. We develop innovative processes, technologies and products for a sustainable future and drive forward digitalization in research worldwide. This is how we ensure our long-term business success with chemistry-based solutions for our customers in almost all sectors of industry.

Our innovative strength is based on a global team of highly qualified employees with various specializations. At BASF, more than 11,000 employees are working worldwide in research and development at approximately 70 locations.

BASF R&D sites with proximity to customers and markets

Kohlenstoffmanagement: Neue Katalysatoren für saubere Olefine

Our research focus – we create chemistry for a sustainable future

Creative solutions and efficient research by interdisciplinary, diverse teams

We bundle our competencies

Within our unique global Know-how Verbund we bring together our manifold competencies: Together with partners from science and business we work for sustainable products and solutions.



We pursue bold ideas. Partnerships play an important role in these activities. In a highly diversified, global and international network, new ideas are generated and new impulses are given to research.

Our way to innovations

We follow a clear-cut yet flexible innovation process comprising all steps from ideation to product launch.

Images from the world of research

Spectacular scanning electron microscopy images from BASF’s research allow the viewer unique insights into the shapes and structures of the microcosm and visualize what is normally hidden to the human eye.

150 years periodic table

This year, the international community celebrates what is probably the most famous table of the world: the periodic table of the elements. We celebrate with them: Each month, we will present an element that plays a special role for BASF – today and back then.

Crop Design - The fine art of gene discovery

Research in Belgium

Belgium plays an important role in BASF's R&D activities, particularly in the development of innovative solutions in the field of plant biotechnology.