BASF Catalysts offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products including advanced battery materials. BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products, including advanced battery materials. We believe mobility’s future lies in more than just products. So where others come to a full stop, we’re just getting started—by leveraging the full power of BASF to continually advance our comprehensive package of sustainable solutions that enable us to travel further, as well as above and beyond. A leading supplier of high performance cathode active materials (CAM) for electrified vehicles to battery producers and automotive OEMs around the world. Protecting the air we breathe from harmful emissions through innovation. BASF leverages unsurpassed expertise in the development of emission control technologies for a wide range of market applications. BASF is committed to advancing and promoting environmentally-sound technologies to achieve a sustainable future in aviation. Offering 50 years of experience developing intelligent solutions for air quality over a wide range of applications — enabling clean air for a healthier, more sustainable future. As the global leader in chemical catalysts, BASF develops cutting-edge catalyst chemistry with our customers’ needs in mind. BASF offers the widest portfolio of adsorbent technologies for a broad spectrum of applications in industries such as refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas processing. At BASF, our Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst and additive offerings together with our expert technical services build the right solution to create value within any unit’s constraints. Paving the way toward a brighter, more secure future. Manufacturing products for sustainable solutions, reducing emissions from our processes, and using non-fossil fueled energy sources – all of these efforts help lead BASF on a continuing journey of sustainability. BASF Natural Gas experts have a diverse portfolio of products to custom design a solution and help you meet your Natural Gas treatment needs. BASF has been serving the natural gas treatment market for over 60 years. With more than 150 years of experience in metal sourcing, trading, and hedging, we’ve built tangible results for our industrial customers. With more than 100 years of experience in recycling materials, BASF’s end-to-end recycling program is known and trusted around the globe. As a leader in precious-metal thermocouples for many years, BASF recently applied its technological expertise to optical-based temperature measurement. With nearly 50 years of experience, we offer reliability and efficient solutions for the treatment of various gases. BASF Sorbead® Air adsorbents are alumino silicate gels in the form of hard, spherical beads. They are essential in removing water from compressed air so that the efficiency of chemical processes is not compromised. Sorbead® Air is the most energy saving and environmentally friendly adsorbent available for the air compression industry. Innovative, step-change technology with dual-purpose performance: removal of heavy hydrocarbons and water to cryogenic specifications in a single unit. Developing and producing pharmaceutical ingredients for more than 75 years, enabling us to provide the solutions you need to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges for your pharmaceutical business. Find the latest news and media information for BASF’s Catalysts division, headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, USA, the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts.
BASF Catalysts | Refinery Catalysts BASF Catalysts | Refinery Catalysts

Choose your language

This section is available in the following languages: English | 简体中文 | Deutsch

Follow us on Linkedin

Shaping the future of e-mobility

BASF develops innovative materials and technologies for current and next-generation lithium-ion batteries, as well as future battery systems for customers. Combining research and development activities with acquisitions, BASF has already built up broad product and technology portfolio to make lithium-ion batteries more powerful, reliable and affordable.

On this page

Electromobility: Crucial contribution in addressing global mobility needs

By 2030 there will be around 1.5 billion cars on the road worldwide. This growing need for mobility creates many challenges, but at the same time provides vast opportunities to develop innovative technologies that address them. The continuous development of advanced emission control technologies and the increasing demand for electric-powered cars will help reduce emissions and improve air quality on a global scale.

Electromobility, in combination with renewable energy, is an important contribution towards addressing global mobility needs. Electric vehicles, powered by renewable energy, reduce emissions and noise.

BASF, as the world’s leading chemical supplier to the automotive industry, has the technical expertise, leading products and capacities to develop intelligent solutions over a wide range of applications – enabling a healthier, more sustainable future.

Battery materials complement BASF’s product portfolio for the automotive industry, which comprises advanced combustion engine catalysts, lightweight plastics, insulation systems, coatings, automotive fluids and other product innovations that help address the needs of its customers.

Explore the interactive image below to learn more about how BASF improves e-mobility:

BASF Cathode Active Materials (CAM)

Cathode active materials are central to the performance, affordability, reliability and sustainability of advanced electric vehicle batteries.

We are the largest chemical supplier to the automotive industry with unparalleled customer access and market knowledge

We offer a broad advanced cathode active materials portfolio for lithium-ion batteries such as Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) oxide and Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) oxide

We have various strategic partnerships along the value chain to secure the leading competitiveness on sustainable and reliable raw materials supply

We have a strong market presence with production, research and development sites around the world located close to our customers

We aim to contribute to sustainable battery materials value chain and make electromobility a practical reality for everyone

We offer in-depth collaboration with academia on next generation of battery materials development

Product, Technology & Licensing

BASF’s portfolio of application-specific cathode active materials supports lithium-ion battery technology for electric vehicles with high-energy density, reliability and efficiency.

Our HED product family is a high-energy cathode active material for lithium-ion batteries that is well-suited to the evolving requirements of batteries in automotive drivetrains. Its high degree of purity and excellent product characteristics are bolstered by BASF’s proven ability to jointly develop products with customers. Meanwhile, BASF has a worldwide license to produce and market lithium-ion battery materials from Argonne National laboratories (ANL)—the global leader in Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) technology.

In April 2021, BASF and Umicore had entered into a non-exclusive patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of cathode active materials (CAM) and their precursors (PCAM), including chemistries such as nickel cobalt manganese (NCM), nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA), nickel cobalt manganese aluminum (NCMA) and lithium rich, high manganese high energy NCM (HE NCM). The agreement covers more than 100 patent families filed in Europe, US, China, Korea and Japan.

BASF’s portfolio of application-specific cathode active materials supports lithium-ion batteries for electrified vehicles with high energy density, reliability and performance.

Establishing a global footprint

BASF is a strong player in the global battery materials market and operates production plants, pilot plants and R&D application technology centers in all regions. Click on the map to see the detailed BASF Battery Materials Footprint around the world.

Sustainability: Our ambition is to create a sustainable battery materials value chain for electric vehicles.

Electromobility is one of the key solutions to merge the global desire for individual mobility and the need to significantly reduce local emissions, especially in combination with renewable energy. As a global leading supplier of battery materials for lithium-ion batteries, we aim to contribute to sustainable battery materials value chain and make electromobility a practical reality for everyone.

Creating a sustainable value chain for battery materials

Click below to learn more about how we're creating a sustainable battery materials value chain.

The lifecycle of battery materials

We contribute by developing "closed loop" processes for the automotive industry globally by implementing circular solutions for the materials we source.

European Battery Materials Investment (EBMI)

BASF is investing in two state-of-the-art plants in Europe for advanced cathode active materials and precursor materials. These investments will support the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain and further strengthen its global leadership position for battery materials for electric vehicles.

The new plant for precursor of cathode active materials is in Harjavalta, Finland and the new plant for cathode active materials is in Schwarzheide. The two plants will deliver more sustainable, high-performance cathode active materials to our customers in Europe and contribute to build up a sustainable European battery value chain.

➤ Click here to learn more

BASF Catalysts | EBMI Schwarzheide, Germany

European Battery Materials Investment Project: Creating a sustainable European battery materials value chain

Recent news and media

View All Articles
BASF Catalysts | Battery Materials Sustainability
November 18, 2021 Lithium-ion Battery Recycling, Battery Materials, Precious & Base Metals

Working closely with our customers to build a sustainable battery value chain for electromobility

Read More
BASF Catalysts | Electric
November 09, 2021 Battery Materials

BASF Battery Materials in North America: Looking ahead for solutions and collaborations

Read More
BASF Catalysts | Zero Carbon Emissions
October 27, 2021 Battery Materials, Mobile Emissions Control Catalysts

Combating Pollution: 3 Trends That Can Transform The Market By Zeroing Carbon Emissions

Read More
View All News

Dec 07, 2021

BASF to carve out mobile emissions catalysts business and invest up to €4.5 billion in battery materials and recycling

Read More
Symbolic Signing Ceremony

Oct 25, 2021

BASF and SVOLT form partnership to advance battery materials development and battery recycling solutions globally

Read More
BASF Catalysts | Schwarzheide Plant

Sep 16, 2021

BASF and CATL have signed a framework agreement to accelerate the achievement of global carbon neutrality goals

Read More

Resources available for download

Looking for product specifications? Check out our product datasheets and industry brochures below.

View more in the Literature Library

Construction progress for BASF's cathode active materials plant in Schwarzheide - November 2021

October 2021: Construction progress for cathode active materials plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

September 2021: BASF Schwarzheide, Germany construction progress

August 2021: Construction progress for BASF's CAM plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

June 2021: Latest construction progress for cathode active materials plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

June 2021: Latest construction progress for precursor cathode active materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland

March 2021: Construction progress for BASF's cathode active materials plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

June 2021: Dr. Sven-Oliver Jungklaus, Global Marketing Director, BASF Battery Materials, to discuss how BASF is positioning ourselves to be the leading global supplier of CAM

May 2021: Latest construction progress for Schwarzheide, Germany

March 2021: Construction progress of BASF's battery materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland

April 2021: Dr. Peter Schumacher, President, Catalysts Division speaks at Vienna Motor Symposium

April 2021: Construction progress for BASF's cathode active materials plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

December 2020: Latest Construction Progress for BASF's Cathode Active Materials Plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

November 2020: Check out our 3D Animation for our future battery materials site in Harjavalta, Finland

November 2020: Virtual Groundbreaking Event for Cathode Active Materials Plant in Schwarzheide, Germany (EN)

3D Animation of our new Schwarzheide, Germany plant

November 2020: BASF celebrated Schwarzheide symbolic groundbreaking virtually

July 2020: Casting of the foundation and start of upwards construction for BASF’s battery materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland.

July 2020: BASF Battery Materials: Scaling-up cathode active materials production in Europe

July 2020: Steel construction progress of BASF’s battery materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland.

Contact an Expert

Headshot of Valeria Astuni
Valeria Astuni Executive Account Manager, Precious Metal Heterogeneous Catalysts
Get in Touch
Virginie Lanver
Get in Touch
Sebastian Storck
Get in Touch
Lukasz Karwacki
Get in Touch
Kirsten Braunsmann
Get in Touch
Headshot of Nancy Ren
Nancy Ren Asia & Australia
Get in Touch
Headshot of Ben Browning
Ben Browning Europe & Africa
Get in Touch
Headshot of Adam Lazewski
Adam Lazewski Americas
Get in Touch
Headshot of Sanjay Bineewale
Sanjay Bineewale Head of Sales – Process Catalysts, South Asia
Get in Touch
Headshot of Mark Foerch
Mark Foerch Precious Metal Thermocouple Recycling
Get in Touch
Arshad Khokher
Get in Touch
Emmanouil Smaragdis
Get in Touch
Hernando Salgado
Get in Touch
James Havers-Strong Sales, Americas
Get in Touch
Leo Qi Sales, Asia Pacific
Get in Touch
Headshot of Manish Mehta
Manish Mehta Regional Technology Manager, Adsorbent Solutions
Get in Touch
Sarah Engeßer Communications Manager, Battery Materials, Europe
Get in Touch
Paul Warkentin Communications Manager, Battery Materials, North America
Get in Touch
Sophie Lyu Communications Manager, Global Battery Materials, Asia-Pacific
Get in Touch
Patrick Sprinkle Engineering Lead, Pyrometers
Get in Touch
Torsten Bünnagel Global Applied Technology Manager
Get in Touch
Headshot of North America
North America Trading Desk
Get in Touch
Headshot of Europe
Europe Trading Desk
Get in Touch
Headshot of Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific Trading Desk
Get in Touch
Jonny Duncan
Get in Touch
Will Thomas
Get in Touch
Eric Wang
Get in Touch
Cathal Prendergast
Get in Touch
Kumar Pole
Get in Touch
Yasufimi Takahashi
Get in Touch
Amanda Colyer
Get in Touch
Kate Silvestri
Get in Touch
Dr. Anton Wiebe Research Scientist
Get in Touch
Dr. Panneerselvam Marudhachalam Global IP and License Management - Battery Materials
Get in Touch
Rochelle Dede Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property
Get in Touch
Rochelle Dede 知识产权助理总法律顾问
Get in Touch
Dr. Panneerselvam Marudhachalam 电池材料全球知识产权和许可管理
Get in Touch
Headshot of Sabeeth Srikantharajah
Sabeeth Srikantharajah Global New Business Development Manager
Get in Touch
Headshot of Mark Schmalfeld
Mark Schmalfeld Global Marketing Manager, Refining Catalyst
Get in Touch
Headshot of Xin Qi
Xin Qi Global Business Manager Additive
Get in Touch
Headshot of Gad Eidels
Gad Eidels Global Product Manager, Adsorbent Solutions
Get in Touch
Headshot of Haitao Feng
Haitao Feng Technology Manager, Greater China for Nickel, Copper, Alumina and Specialty Catalysts
Get in Touch
Headshot of Dr. Bert Sandee
Dr. Bert Sandee Technology Manager EMEA, for Nickel and Copper Catalysts
Get in Touch
Headshot of Dr. Radu Craciun
Dr. Radu Craciun Technology Manager Americas
Get in Touch
KH Lee
Get in Touch
John Grossi Technical Sales Manager, Industrial Solutions
Get in Touch
Headshot of Mark Foerch
Mark Foerch Sales Manager, Temperature Sensing, EMEA & Asia
Get in Touch
Headshot of Louisa DeGroen
Louisa DeGroen Global Sales Manager
Get in Touch
Robert Plundo Technology Manager for Precious metal Catalysts, and Nickel catalysts excluding Nickel droplet
Get in Touch
Headshot of Dr. Mathias Feyen
Dr. Mathias Feyen Marketing and Technology Manager, Europe
Get in Touch
Dr. Matthias Kern Global, Marketing Management, Nickel Catalysts
Get in Touch
Headshot of Dr. Kaidi Breiten
Dr. Kaidi Breiten Global Marketing Manager – Alumina & Specialty Catalysts
Get in Touch
Dr. Mario Soorholtz Global Marketing Manager, Copper Catalysts
Get in Touch
Felix Liang Sales, Asia Pacific
Get in Touch
Headshot of Andreas Spiegel
Andreas Spiegel
Get in Touch
Headshot of Elliott Ethridge
Elliott Ethridge Business Manager Battery Recycling
Get in Touch
Headshot of Frederik Kuhn
Frederik Kuhn Global Business Manager Battery Recycling
Get in Touch
Headshot of John Grossi
John Grossi Global Sales Manager for Industrial Products
Get in Touch
Headshot of Michele Smiley
Michele Smiley Senior Manager, Global Communications for Catalysts
Get in Touch
Headshot of Dr. Margaret Greene
Dr. Margaret Greene Global Market Manager, Adsorbents Solutions
Get in Touch
Bob Zeiss Sales, Americas
Get in Touch
Adrian Crosman Sales, Europe, Middle East, and Africa
Get in Touch
Hao Chen Sales, China
Get in Touch
Headshot of Dr. Hiu Ping CHU
Dr. Hiu Ping CHU Global Marketing Manager
Get in Touch
Rainer Steeg Specialist for Prereforming and Methanation
Get in Touch
Alexander Mull Specialist for Prereforming and Methanation
Get in Touch
Headshot of Germain Kons
Germain Kons Marketing Manager, Olefin Purification
Get in Touch
Dirk Hensel Global Marketing and Technology Manager
Get in Touch
Catalysts Web Team
Get in Touch
Headshot of Artem Vityuk
Artem Vityuk Global Market Manager, Alumina, Catalyst Intermediates and Compressed Air
Get in Touch
Headshot of Dr. Hans Donkervoort
Dr. Hans Donkervoort Global Marketing Manager – Precious Metal Powder Catalysts
Get in Touch

Get in Touch

Interested in learning more about our battery materials? Complete the form below, and a BASF representative will send you a timely reply with more information.