The IP3 laboratory will run for five years initially and will focus on the development of nanostructured functional materials for use in organic electronics, as pigments, agrochemicals, medicine, or catalysts. The aim is reportedly to produce particulate materials with extremely small structures by controlling the precision, reproducibility, and modularity of the process steps on the nanometer scale.

The funding volume of the joint laboratory amounts to about €8 million for the contractual period of five years. The money will be provided by BASF, KIT, and the state of Baden-Württemberg.

In the first phase, the IP3 team will include 20 scientists and expertise from five KIT institutes will be available.

“New approaches to the development of integrated processes from raw materials to finished products require a high degree of competence in the field of particle technology and close cooperation of an interdisciplinary group of researchers,” said Professor Rainer Diercks, president of the BASF Competence Centre for chemicals research and engineering.