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Martin Kraus - An international journey through research

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The wide variety of expertise, skills and resources, combined with the campus-like feel with so many researchers – that is what I enjoy so much at BASF after my previous experiences at smaller companies. I have never regretted my decision to move to BASF.

Martin Kraus

Senior Research Fellow

Having gained his doctorate, Martin gathered initial professional experience at a medium-sized company. He has never regretted his move to the chemicals giant. After several exciting stints in the United States in catalysis research and a varied range of projects in Germany, he is now the research program manager responsible for the global scale-up and production support of catalysts.

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I joined BASF with just over six years of professional experience and started in catalysis research. A year later, the opportunity arose to go to New Jersey and conduct catalysis research for BASF at the Iselin site. When I came back to Ludwigshafen after seven years, I was able to plan and build a new production plant together with a great team. The detailed planning and the years of preparation up to the start of the actual construction was a completely new experience and way of working for me. Towards the end of the project, I seized the opportunity to set up a new group within catalysis research for scale-up and production support. At the same time, I took over the project management for a new solids pilot plant, which will be completed by 2024. I relinquished my role as a group leader for the scale-up in June 2022 and am now responsible for global scale-up and production support as a program manager. There, I work with the same colleagues as before, but focus more on the strategic aspects and global coordination of scale-up and production support in order to support our internal customers in the best possible way.

Funnily enough, and despite being from the region myself, I never wanted to join BASF – which, being the first chemist in my family, caused some intense discussions at home. But at the time, I had the vision of working for a small company and not a big corporation. However, after a few years working in smaller places I decided to take the leap and work for a chemicals giant anyway. From the moment I started at BASF, I very much liked the diversity of experts, skills and resources, the campus-like feeling with many other researchers. To this day, I have not regretted my decision to join BASF. 

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