BASF donates $7 million toward construction of new UC Berkeley science and engineering hub

Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF, has announced a donation of $7 million to UC Berkeley at the CARA 2018 Summer Symposium.

BASF’s donation of $7 million will go toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary research science facility at UC Berkeley. Fund raising is ongoing for the building and is co-sponsored by the Colleges of Chemistry, Engineering and Natural Sciences. Dubbed the Berkeley Science and Engineering Hub, research conducted in the new center will converge the expertise of chemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists, ecologists, social scientists, policy experts, economists, entrepreneurs and industry and civic leaders.

In attendance were members of BASF along with UC President Janet Napolitano, UC Berkeley Chancelor Carol Christ, former Governor of California Gray Davis, UC Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivasatos, Dean of the College of Chemistry Douglas Clark and CARA co-director, Professor of Chemistry Peidong Yang.

cara_signing_ceremony_group_photoSigning ceremony participants: front row seated (l to r) Douglas Clark, UCB, Paul Alivisatos, UCB, Martin Brudermüller, BASF, Irene Kim, UCB; back row standing (l to r) Martin Strohrmann, BASF, Kerstin Schierle-Arndt, BASF, Hartmann Leube, BASF, Harald Lauke, BASF, Gray Davis, former Governor California, Carol Christ, Chancelor UCB, Janet Napolitano, President UCOP, Peter Schuhmacher, BASF, Peidong Yang, UCB, and Benjamin Knudsen, BASF; photo: Keegan Houser, UC Berkeley