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We create chemistry – Innovations for the future

A growing need for food, energy and clean water, limited resources and a booming world population – reconciling all these factors is the greatest challenge of our time. Innovations based on chemistry play a key role here, as they contribute decisively to new solutions.


employees in research and development worldwide

~2,028 million €

 expenses for research and development


R&D locations worldwide


R&D projects


new patents worldwide in 2018


Our Research

At BASF, more than 11,000 employees worldwide work in research and development on innovations for the chemical industry.

Our Innovations at BASF

BASF is one of the world's most innovative companies. Innovations are our wellspring and our driving force. With our products and processes, we provide sustainable solutions for global challenges.
In the new research building B007, BASF research moves closer together. Here, scientists from material physics, formulation and specialty chemicals research work door-to-door. They develop new solutions together with polymer chemists in the neighboring building. A bridge, shortening paths, interconnects the two buildings. Furthermore, open communication areas facilitate exchange between the scientific disciplines. This stimulates creative ideas, and benefits the efficient development of effective solutions.
Van Tay Nguyen (left), Bernhard von Vacano (mid left), Sebastian Müller (mid right), from Material Physics, together with Fangfang Chu (right), chemist at Formulation Research, on their way across the bridge to a project meeting.

Our Way to Innovations

For BASF, innovation is the key to successfully standing out from the crowd in a challenging market environment. Our innovative strength is based on our global team of highly qualified employees with various specializations.

R&D in Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific is home to the headquarters of BASF’s Advanced Materials & Systems Research Technology Platform, as well as several key R&D sites focused on crop protection, electronics, and battery materials.
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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.