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"We drive sustainable solutions." This is one of BASF's four strategic principles. Nanotechnology is indispensable for this purpose.

It enables us to develop resource-conserving products, ensure healthy food and nutrition and improve people's quality of life. In doing so, we strike a balance between economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection.

Example environmental protection and economy: Only by using nanotechnology can we save large amounts of energy and thus also costs in many different sectors. At the same time, nanotechnology reduces carbon emissions.



Nanopores provide the specific material characteristics in one of BASF’s new high-performance insulation material. Slentite™ is the first high-performance insulation panel based on polyurethane, which needs only half the space compared to traditional materials while offering the same insulation performance. Up to 90% of the volume of the organic aerogel consists of air-filled pores which have a diameter of only 50 to 100 nanometers. As a result, the air molecules’ freedom of movement is limited and the transfer of heat is reduced. The high-performance insulation material can be used, for example, in the construction sector for old and new buildings.


Master X-Seed®

With the concrete additive Master X-Seed®, nanotechnology is also contributing to greater sustainability in the construction industry. With Master X-Seed®, precast concrete units no longer have to be heated to 50-60 degrees Celsius to make them harden within a certain time. During the manufacture of precast concrete components Master X-Seed® therefore reduces the consumption of energy and resources as well as carbon emissions and thus also saves costs.