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Battery Materials

BASF is a leading cathode active material (CAM) supplier to battery producers for electrified vehicles around the world. Research and development activities combined with acquisitions have delivered a unique technology portfolio for lithium-ion batteries. As part of its long-term battery materials strategy, BASF will continue to work with partners in the industrial and scientific communities to develop innovative materials, processes and technologies for current and next-generation lithium-ion batteries and future battery systems.

The demand for lithium-ion batteries is growing steadily, and new applications such as electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars will spur demand even further in the coming years. Indeed, cathode active materials are central to the performance, affordability, safety and sustainability of advanced electrified vehicles’ batteries.

Advanced cathode active materials offer higher performance in terms of energy density and efficiency, which translates into a safer battery that fulfills customers’ requirements.

BASF’s broad battery materials portfolio includes advanced cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries such as Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) oxide and Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) oxide, which play a key role in determining battery performance, energy density, service life and safety. Our global battery materials business, along with our research and development capabilities, enable us to provide broad expertise to our customers in the development of new battery materials and products.

BASF Battery Materials: Shaping the future of electromobility

There will be approximately 1.5 billion cars on the road worldwide by 2025. In a world that grapples with air pollution and the humans' effects on climate change, this number is daunting. Solutions that help reduce emissions and improve air quality are needed. And that’s where BASF comes in!

Lithium-ion batteries: How do they work?

Take a look at the functionality of Lithium-ion batteries

What makes BASF Unique?

  • Largest chemical supplier to the automotive industry with unparalleled customer access and market knowledge
  • Strong technology and intellectual property position in cathode active materials
  • One of the broadest cathode active material portfolios in the industry and a market leader in nickel-rich cathode active materials
  • Strong market presence with operations in all regions. Research and development sites and expert scientists around the world located close to our customers
  • Decades of collaboration with various strategic partners including customers and academia
  • Commitment to sustainable development and a responsible global supply chain

Mini documentary: Optimism in Motion

BASF is launching a new communication campaign to celebrate its innovations in battery materials that help make electric vehicles a more economical and practical reality for everyone. To bring this optimistic vision of the future to life, BASF has created a visually spectacular mini documentary “Optimism in Motion”, starring a family living between Shanghai and Los Angeles, two of the world’s most congested cities.

E-mobility

E-mobility

BASF, The world's leading chemical supplier to the automotive industry, is announcing its commitment to help to improve air quality and make electromobility a practical reality for everyone.

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Cathode Active Materials

Cathode Active Materials

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

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Next Generation Battery Systems

Next Generation Battery Systems

In addition to optimizing existing cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries, BASF is also researching next generation battery concepts and supplements its in-house capabilities by collaborating with leading scientists, start-ups and universities around the globe.

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Sustainability

Sustainability

BASF's innovations in battery materials and our commitment to fostering a responsible and sustainable global supply of raw materials will help make the air we breathe cleaner and turn electrified vehicles into a practical reality.

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Licensing Agreements

Licensing Agreements

BASF is the only licensee of Argonne National Laboratory’s prominent NCM cathode active materials patents with the ability to grant sub-licenses. BASF also establishes Nickel Metal Hydride battery licensing agreements and strategic alliances with companies worldwide.

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