Covestro supports sustainable research
The Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany and Covestro are intensifying their cooperation, focusing in particular on sustainable solutions for chemistry. Applied research and courses at the Faculties of Chemistry and Industrial Engineering are being supported in particular. This makes TU Berlin a new strategic partner of the materials manufacturer alongside other renowned international universities such as Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA), Tongji University (Shanghai, China) and RWTH Aachen University (Aachen, Germany). "As one of the leading technical universities in Germany, TU Berlin is now one of our most important partners for research into the chemical fundamentals of polymers and their possible applications, especially in the field of sustainability. To explore economically efficient routes to alternative, resource-saving raw materials in the chemical industry in particular, we need excellent science as provided by the TU Berlin," says Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro.

Years of intensive cooperation in several research projects funded by the German Government and the European Commission have led to the intensification of the partnership in Berlin, which is primarily aimed at publicly funded projects. "Our expertise in extensive economic feasibility studies for various research projects has already yielded valuable insights. The strategic partnership with Covestro underpins the path we have chosen to pursue with sustainable solutions for chemistry," explains Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen, President of the TU Berlin.

The university can already boast extensive expertise in the development of a sustainable future for chemistry and the promotion of knowledge and technology transfer to industry. With the start-up laboratory "Inkulab" and the emerging "Chemical Invention Factory", the new start-up center for "Green Chemistry", TU Berlin supports those interested in setting up their own business in the development of sustainable chemical products and processes. The university has an especially high level of expertise in the field of polymer development and technical-economic analysis (TEA) at the interface of chemistry and industrial engineering in a research group led by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker. For the second time already, TU Berlin, Covestro and Dechema organized the "Raw Materials Summit" in June this year under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with the aim of demonstrating ways to alternative, non-fossil raw materials for chemistry.