Technology Lecture: BASF Automotive Innovation Pipeline

Date: 08 Dec 2009 - 08 Dec 2009

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

Nanotechnology as a cross-sectional technology, provides solutions for automotive application areas like exterior, interior, and power train. Nanotechnology is an enabler technology designed to help develop better and more environmentally friendly cars. It makes clear coats more scratch resistant (iGlossÒ), improves flow and mechanics of polymer materials (Ultradur and Ultramid High SpeedÒ) as well as enhances antistatics for fuel filter housing (UltraformÒ) and online paintable body panels (Ultramid TOPÒ). Nanotechnology can play an important role to increase efficiency of catalyst systems out of precious metals for exhaust gas purification. Full electric cars require new temperature and energy management systems to increase driving range where IR absorbing or reflecting nanoparticles as well as nanofans can contribute. Li-ion batteries use nanotechnology to increase efficiency. BASF is a major chemical company in EU with a regional R&D centre in Singapore. This lecture will provide an overview of BASF's latest research achievements in the automotive related technologies, including commercialised products and those in the developmental stage. Participants will gain a broader understanding of BASF's approach and technique to address the challenges in automotive manufacturing.

About the Speaker
Professor Volker Warzelhan did his PhD in physical polymer chemistry with Prof G V Schulz at the University of Mainz, and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Paris. He joined BASF’s plastics research laboratory at Ludwigshafen in 1978. After several stages in strategic planning and controlling, he became vice president of research in advanced composites and later engineering plastics. He headed as group vice president, the regional business unit Asia/Pacific for styrenics located in Singapore for 4 years. Since 2003, he is responsible for world-wide research in thermoplastics and as representative of research in the Global Automotive Steering Committee of BASF. He is honorary professor at the University of Marburg in Germany and lecturer at the German Institute of Science and Technology at the National University of Singapore.

9.45am     Registration
10.00am   Lecture by Professor Warzelhan
11.00am   Q&A
11.15am   End 

Who Should Attend
R&D managers, engineers, researchers, lecturers, engineering students and those who are involved in the automotive related manufacturing technologies. 

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