Supervisors: Stephanie Geist, Dr. Axel Schild
Recruited ESRs: ESR-E: Matteo Cicciotti
Hosting for secondment: ESR-G: Dionysios Xenos
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.BASF’s integrated research system (Verbund) is made up of the central technology platforms, and the global research and development units of the various business segments, group companies and affiliates. BASF engages in research at 33 sites in Europe alone. In addition, BASF scientists are involved in numerous alliances with leading universities, research institutes, start-ups, partners from industry, and customers, more than 1300 of which are based in Europe. BASF spent €1.6 billion on research and development in 2011 of which about 80 percent were invested in Europe. On a global scale, more than 10100 BASF employees are engaged in research and development, approximately 5200 of whom at BASF SE alone. Our research projects respond both to market requirements (market pull) and to current technological developments (technology push).
Competence Center Engineering & Maintenance
Within the BASF Group, the Competence Center Engineering & Maintenance manages all processes and services for systems engineering and maintenance worldwide. This includes the departments of Engineering, Centers of Technical Expertise, Technical Services Research, Maintenance, Turnaround Management and Technical Inspection. The centers of technical expertise supports and assists to internal customers from production, research and service units worldwide by providing specialized technical services such as automation technology.