ISELIN, NJ, November 5, 2010 – The Research and Development Council of New Jersey has awarded a team of BASF catalyst inventors with the prestigious “2010 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award” for outstanding environmental contributions at a ceremony held last evening at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The BASF inventors honored at the ceremony include Ivor Bull, Wen-Mei Xue, Patrick Burk, Samuel Boorse, William M. Jaglowski, Gerald S. Koermer, Ahmad Moini, Joseph A. Patchett, Joseph C. Dettling, and Matthew T. Caudle.

Their invention, the innovative copper chabazite zeolite catalyst, is an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) catalyst that enables the removal of more than 90 percent of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) from diesel engine exhaust over a wide temperature range, while also providing improved durability compared to earlier catalysts.

This SCR catalyst allows BASF’s customers to meet increasingly stringent emission limits for NOx from diesel engines, such as the US 2010 Highway Diesel Rule. The U.S. EPA estimates that 2.6 million tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxide emissions will be reduced each year with the implementation of this regulation.

“It is an honor for BASF and our inventors to be recognized for this important work,” said Dr. Friedbert Nees, Senior Vice President, Catalysis Research at BASF. “This is just one of many significant inventions developed by our team of more than 650 catalyst experts, who continue to lead the industry in technology development for mobile emissions catalysts, refinery catalysts, and chemical and polymerization catalysts.”

“This invention was fast-tracked to production,” said Dr. Saeed Alerasool, Vice President, Process Catalysis Research at BASF, who led the team to transfer the technology to production. “The patent was issued on Oct. 13, 2009, and production was started in time for customers to use the solution to meet US 2010 regulations.”

As the global leader in catalysis, BASF has unsurpassed expertise in developing innovative emission control technologies for a wide range of applications, to enable clean air for a healthier, more sustainable future. BASF helps make its customers more successful with cost-effective solutions to meet the toughest emissions control challenges.

The Research and Development Council of New Jersey is a nonprofit organization that supports the advancement of research and development activities throughout New Jersey. The Council’s membership includes representatives from academia, government and industry.

About BASF’s Catalysts division
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. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals, BASF’s Catalysts division develops unique, proprietary catalyst and adsorbent solutions that drive customer success.  
About BASF
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