Leverkusen, Germany - A new catalysis centre in Aachen, Germany, has been backed with more than Euro 7 million funding by the Bayer group.
"To further boost our innovative strength, we support excellent performance and talent in science", said Peter Vanacker, a member of the executive committee of Bayer MaterialScience and head of the Polyurethanes Business Unit, at a 25 Feb press conference.
"Catalysis became a key technology in the chemical industry a long time ago," he said, adding: "We think there remains a big potential for innovation, and it is our goal to gain
competitive advantages through this type of research."
In September 2007, Bayer MaterialScience AG and Bayer Technology Services GmbH signed a five-year agreement on cooperation in catalysis research with the Rheinisch-Westfälisch Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen. Over five years, Bayer MaterialScience will invest a total of Euro 6.05 million in the centre, while Bayer Technology Services will contribute Euro 1.25 million. A further Euro 2.7 million from the State of North-Rhine Westphalia and RWTH Aachen will add to the financing of the centre.
Among planned research topics are synthesis of lower-molecular polymer building blocks for special plastics, or the exploration of alternative raw material sources, for example through the activation of CO2 as a building block of synthesis, said Professor Walter Leitner, scientific head of the centre, in a Bayer statement.
PIC: l-r Peter Vanacker; Prof Burkhard Rauhut, RWTH Aachen; Walter Leitner; Patrick Thomas, BMS chairman; Dr Michael Stückradt of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology of North-Rhine Westphalia.