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


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BASF Corporation BASF and UC Berkeley extend alliance for five years

Anniversary Symposium marks progress of industry, university research collaboration

Many scientific discoveries and patent applications have resulted from more than 25 research projects underway since West Coast universities and BASF established the California Research Alliance (CARA) by BASF in 2014. This multidisciplinary collaboration headed by the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) conducts research on new inorganic and other advanced materials, biosciences and their applications.



BASF and UC Berkeley extend alliance for five years (Dr. Peter Eckes, President of Bioscience Research and North America Research Representative, BASF (seated left), and Prof. Paul Alivisatos, Vice Chancellor of Research, UC Berkeley (seated right) sign agreement to extend CARA for five years. Around them left to right: Prof. Doug Clark, Dean, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley; Gray Davis, Former Governor of California; Janet Napolitano, President, University of California; Prof. Omar Yaghi, Founding Director of CARA, UC Berkeley; Dr. Harald Lauke, President of Advanced Materials and Systems Research, BASF; Kerstin Schierle-Arndt, Associate Director of CARA, BASF; Prof. Peidong Yang, Founding Director of CARA, UC Berkeley.)


Representatives of industry, academia and government participate in a roundtable discussion titled, “Driving Innovation at the Interface of Academia and Industry”.  (Michael Pcolinksi, Vice President, Advanced Materials and Systems Research, BASF Corporation (at podium). Pictured left to right: Dr. Peter Eckes, President of Bioscience Research and North America Research Representative, BASF; Prof. Mark Coopersmith, Faculty Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; Dr. Eric Rohlfing, Acting Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E); and Prof. Paul Alivisatos, Vice Chancellor of Research, UC Berkeley. )

Program Schedule: Cara Anniversary Symposium


California Research Alliance (CARA) by BASF will hold a symposium during April 24-25th to celebrate its three-year anniversary. Exciting talks are open to public. Please click the picture for detailed information.


CARA Anniversary Symposium: The California Research Alliance by BASF celebrates 3 years

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CARA anniversary symposium will be held during April 24-25th. Talks are open to public in Banatao conference room, Sutardja Dai Hall.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Joseph M. DeSimone
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor Josef Michl
Department of Chemistry
University of Colorado Boulder

Professor Mark Coopersmith
Haas School of Business
University of California at Berkeley