BASF, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst have established a strategic research initiative called BASF's "Northeast Research Alliance" or NORA. The goal of NORA is to collaborate on research projects to generate a better fundamental understanding in the fields of interest to BASF and develop next generation technologies.
NORA strives to solve the most demanding materials-, chemistry-, and biology-related problems and to explore opportunities in data science and machine learning. Recent key research fields are: advanced materials, 3D printing and digitalization, micro- and nanostructures, catalysis, new formulation concepts, smart interfaces, and biosystems. To achieve this, we make use of the creativity and strong expertise at BASF and our partner institutions and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems.
Scientists and engineers from several disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, and computer science collaborate in this research initiative. The academic partners not only provide expertise in their fields, but also offer new and sometimes disruptive approaches to conducting research. In addition to fundamental scientific knowledge, BASF researchers contribute the necessary experience in transforming research results into technically feasible processes and products. In addition, they provide input about technology needs in different industries and applications. Any ideas an topics to be researched are decided jointly by the researchers participating in the initiative.