Volker Schaedler Ph.D.
Innovation & Technology
“Creating chemistry for a sustainable future”
"With 9 billion people on earth by 2050 the world is facing tremendous challenges. How will we able to provide sufficient food, water and energy for an increasing world population and ensure a quality of life that we aim for? The seminar will describe how chemistry has become a key enabler to tackle these challenges and outlines the path forward for BASF as an innovation leader in the industry".
Volker Schaedler is Vice President of Innovation & Technology for BASF in North America. His responsibility include multiple research groups in polymer and materials science, analytical chemistry, liason with universities, government labs and other external partners, innovation management etc.
Joining BASF in 1998 Volker Schaedler has been in charge of a variety of R&D programs within corporate research and product development in the area of functional polymers for coatings and paper. In 2003 Volker created BASF’s research laboratory at Strasbourg University in collaboration with Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn as head of the institute (ISIS), enabling long term innovation through an unique collaboration model between academia and industry. Volker came to the US in 2007 to set up BASF’s first corporate polymer research group in Wyandotte, Michigan.
Volker is a chemist by training and holds a PhD in Polymer Science from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.