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BASF to open electronic materials center in South Korea

Posted: 14 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:BASF? R&D center? electronic materials? Sungkyunkwan University?

BASF has revealed its plans to set up its Electronic Materials R&D Center Asia Pacific in partnership with Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Suwon, South Korea. Located within the SKKU campus about 30km from Seoul, the facility will serve as an integrated hub for electronic materials research in the region, scheduled to open in 2014, stated the firm.

"Korea is at the cutting edge of the electronics industry and of electronic materials research. By setting up our new Electronic Materials R&D Center Asia Pacific at Sungkyunkwan University, we will be able to combine BASF's international expertise in electronic materials with the latest advances from top research scientists. This in turn will translate into fast, market-driven innovations for our customers," said Lothar Laupichler, SVP Electronics Materials at BASF.

"With an extensive scientific network both in academia and industry, Sungkyunkwan University is the partner of choice for international research and development. SKKU and BASF share a heritage of innovation and a vision of contributing to the development of electronic materials research, and this collaboration will support scientific advancement as well as creating benefit for both partners," said Jun Young Kim, president of SKKU.

As part of BASF's global R&D network, the R&D Center will focus on researching specialty and process chemicals, inorganic materials and formulations for high-performance applications for semiconductors, displays, organic electronics, LEDs and photovoltaics, offering a wide range of innovative solutions for the electronics value chains.

Starting from 2014, roughly 40 scientific and technical professionals will work at the R&D facilities. The labs will be located in a building at the Natural Science Campus of SKKU.

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