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Innovation

  • Focus on innovative production processes to strengthen our competitiveness
  • Continuous improvement of existing products, applications and processes
  • Catalyst developed which enables production of formic acid from carbon dioxide and hydrogen

CUPUR® T

Coating additives for the 3-D integration of computer chips

Value for BASF
 

25%

Annual market growth

from 2012 to 2020

Value for our customers

50%

Reduction

in electroplating time

Value for BASF

Mobile phones and tablet computers are becoming increasingly smaller and thinner. The arrangement of processors, sensors and memory chips must therefore be very compact: Fixed one on top of the other, they are linked together through tiny copper connections. The complex production of these 3-D structures is made possible by our CUPUR® T coating additives. By 2020, the market for these additives is expected to grow by around 25% per year.


Value for our customers

The 3-D structures are around one thousand times larger than the conductors in the computer chips. Consequently, electroplating – that is, the step in which the components are interconnected using copper deposition – takes an hour, which is very long. This results in high production costs. Thanks to CUPUR® T, electroplating time is reduced by approximately 50% and chip integration becomes considerably more cost-effective for our customers.

Chemicals: Our research activities are focused on the development of innovative production processes that will make us even more competitive. In developing new products, we look at the needs of our customers and take advantage of the opportunities offered by value chains in the Verbund and the markets. We also never stop improving our existing products, applications and processes: For example, we are constantly working to make the production process for acrylic acid more efficient and conserve more resources. Thanks to the improvement of process parameters, catalysts and the downstream processing of acrylic acid, we have continually reduced the energy and raw materials used in production. Acrylic acid is an important precursor for a number of products, including superabsorbents, adhesive raw materials and coatings.

In addition, we are working on a production method for obtaining formic acid from carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Thanks to our expertise in catalysis and organic synthesis, we have developed a suitable catalyst which can be recovered in the process. We are currently testing this method – which can contribute to the meaningful use of CO2 – for cost-effectiveness in a pilot plant. Our customers use formic acid in animal feed, for example, where it protects the feed and supports the health of the animal, or as a de-scaling agent in industrial cleaning.