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Images from the world of research

State-of-the-art technologies such as scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy help to visualize what is normally hidden to the human eye. Spectacular images from BASF’s research allow the viewer unique insights into the shapes and structures of the microcosm.

Stabilisierende Strukturen / Stabilizing structures

Smart polymers for highly fluid concrete

A network of self-organizing MasterMatrix polymer molecules makes concrete highly fluid, easier to process and more durable.

PU-Schaum mit niedriger Dichte / Low Density PU

Polyurethane foam for running shoes

In conventional running shoes, the cushioning starts to deteriorate after a few kilometers. If the midsole is made of low-density, open-cell polyurethane foam, the shoe can maintain its performance for a long period of time.

Verfahren für neue Rohstoffe / Process for new raw materials

Zeolite catalyst for chemical processes

BASF researchers are looking for new oil-independent processes for manufacturing important raw materials. Zeolite catalysts are particularly promising to produce olefins from methanol.

Sicherer Strom für unterwegs / Reliable power on the go

Chemistry powers sustainable mobility

High performance batteries are the key technology for sustainable mobility concepts. As the world's largest chemical supplier to the automotive industry BASF develops innovative materials and components that will make electromobility more efficient and safe.

Nanoporiges Dämmmaterial / Nanoporous insulation material

Organic aerogel for high performance insulation

Slentite® is the first mechanically stable polyurethane aerogel for insulation panels. Due to its nanoporous morphology, it has low thermal conductivity, allowing for even thinner insulation panels. This helps reduce energy costs.

Ein Pilz als lebende Fabrik / A Fungus as a living factory

A fungus as a living factory

The genetically modified filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger produces enzymes for animal nutrition on an industrial scale through fermentation. This makes the feed more easily digestible and the nutrients more available for the animals.

Mikroverkapselte Herbizide / Microencapsuled herbicides

Microcapsules containing herbicides

Microcapsules containing herbicides slowly release active ingredients into the soil. This makes crop protection effective over a longer period of time and reduces the environmental impact.

Three-way conversion catalyst reduces exhaust gas emissions

BASF’s new, more efficient three-way conversion catalyst (TWC) transforms more than 99% of harmful emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles into CO2, nitrogen and water by means of precious metals.

Chloroplasten / Chloroplasts

Effective herbicide against weeds

The green chloroplasts in the plant cells synthesize chlorophyll. The herbicide Kixor® selectively blocks a key enzyme in chlorophyll biosynthesis, and thus stops the growth of weeds.

Powerful Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Cars

BASF develops cathode materials for more powerful and reliable lithium-ion batteries: To make electric cars accelerate better and drive long distances in the future.

UV-Absorber für rundum sorgenfreien Sonnenschutz / UV-Absorber

UV-Absorber for all-round excellent sun protection

Sunscreen and day-care products with BASF’s water-repellent UV filter Tinosorb® S protect human skin reliably against UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Additional research images

You can find additional scanning electron microscopy images here. Please use the filter “Research & Development” -> “Images from the World of Research”.