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The future is in your hands

BASF’s start-up, trinamiX, has developed a miniaturized infrared detector and a mobile NIR spectroscopy solution that can see things that the human eye cannot. Get to know our "lab for the pocket".

Forschung: Zahlen und Fakten 2017 

~10,000  ~1,888 Mio.€  

       Mitarbeiter in Forschung                 Aufwendungen für Forschung und Entwicklung
       und Entwicklung weltweit                                   

~70         ~ 3,000 
       F&E-Standorte                                           F&E-Projekte



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About trinamiX

trinamiX GmbH is based in Ludwigshafen, Germany and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF SE, the world’s largest chemical company.

Founded in 2015, the company has developed a wide-ranging portfolio of technologies and products around both Infrared detection as well as 3D imaging and distance measurement employing a team of more than 100 experts across a wide range of scientific disciplines.

Innovation Campus in Shanghai, polyurethane research  / Innovati

Here at BASF, we want to be faster, more effective and more innovative than our competitors on a permanent basis. Thanks to our more than 150-year history, we know that our chemical products and systems are the key to success.

All our innovations are developed by our excellent scientists in research and development, all of whom are full of creative potential and energy and who drive research forward with their wealth of knowledge and passion. We are optimistic about the future and provide an open culture where everyone has freedom and responsibility in their work.

With its focus on inventiveness and enthusiasm for research, our innovation approach enables creative and enthusiastic researchers to explore new horizons, so all good ideas have a chance to be developed further at BASF, even if they are outside the current key areas. 

BASF uses the start-up culture as a driver for innovation and promotes a culture of innovation which motivates the employees to think outside of the box and work on business ideas which have yet to be validated by the market or by consumers.

Please find more information here.


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By 2050, approximately 9 billion people will live on earth. To feed them all, we need considerably more food than we currently have (UNSCN 2010, WHO). To face this challenge, one of the most important tasks of our time is to produce high-quality food which not only guarantees the health and well-being of the consumers, but also saves resources.


Chemovator: Space for business ideas

To find solutions for the important future issues, BASF created a platform to incubate chemistry-related business ideas. Whether it’s a new product, digital business model or a complete solution – the Chemovator GmbH, founded 2018 in Mannheim, is ready to move the future of chemistry.

Together with external experts who act as consultants, coaches, mentors or intermediaries, the delicate blossoms of promising business ideas can be nurtured and quickly developed to market maturity in an innovative start-up-like environment.

Mit Hilfe der Kombination aus handlichem Messgerät, der intelligenten Datenanalyse und der mobilen App lassen sich Kunststoffe genau bestimmen und unterscheiden.

Areas of application

With the Mobile Near Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy, a sample is no longer sent to the laboratory, but the laboratory instead comes to the sample. This offers fascinating areas of application, from recycling to agriculture. 

Infrared spectroscopy – the story of an innovation 

In 1938, BASF chemists Erwin Lehrer and Karl Friedrich Luft developed a device that was to turn the chemical industry on its head.