Funded by the European Union


BASF SE is one of the largest chemical companies with a century-long tradition of strong focus on research. Electron microscopy has been a crucial technique for BASF since the development of the field with specialisation on a broad range of material systems like polymers, food, cosmetics, heterogeneous catalysis, (effect) pigments, energy materials and semiconductor materials. On BASFs main site in Ludwigshafen, Germany teams of ~25 scientists work on electron microscopy. BASF is equipped with the latest generation microscopes.

Key Research Facilities

BASFs electron microscopy facilities are embedded in BASFs analytics and material physics department with 1000 experts within hundreds of specialized analytics lab-teams. The electron microscopy labs are equipped with 4 TEMs, 1 of these is aberration corrected (latest generation 2019), 1 equipped with direct electron detector. Analysis of cryo-samples as well as air sensitive material is well established. Furthermore, 6 SEM among these a latest generation SEM to prepare FIB specimens are available.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 956099.