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BASF Seeks Ideas to Develop Coatings for Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites

Published on 2017-04-13. Author : SpecialChem

BASF had kicked off its third annual North American science competition, which focuses on creating a superior coating finish on carbon fiber composites.

Coating Carbon Fiber Composites

Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites
BASF Requests New Ideas to Develop Superior Finish on
Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites

Original Equipment Manufacturers seek to use lightweight panels to improve fuel economy, which must exhibit a superior finish equivalent to other substrates. However, coating carbon fiber composites is challenging due to the thermal expansion difference between the resin and fiber.

Through the competition, BASF encourages the development of ideas that address this challenge. Ideas can focus on any aspect of the system, and BASF coaches will help finalists develop their pitches.

Addressing Global Sustainability Challenge


“This engaging and competitive event will help BASF address a global sustainability challenge to improve fuel economy by enhancing the use of lightweight materials in vehicles,” said Christopher Hewitt, BASF Science Relations Manager, North America. “Participants will work collaboratively to develop, communicate and pitch their ideas while networking with BASF researchers, coaches and executives.”

Encouraging Innovative and Game-changing Ideas


Open to teams consisting of two to four Ph.D. students and young researchers in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), this competition encourages innovative and game-changing ideas.

Proposals will be accepted until May 19, 2017. All finalists will receive cash awards and the opportunity to present their proof-of-concept to BASF executives August 24 and 25 at the BASF North American Automotive Coatings Headquarters in Southfield, Michigan.

About BASF

BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world.

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