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Senior Vice President, Advanced Materials & Systems Research – Technology Innovation BASF SE

Jens Rieger received his PhD in Theoretical Physics in Germany in 1989. The same year he joined the Polymer Physics Department of BASF where he was involved in R&D projects in the fields of plastics, coatings and paints, foams, cosmetics, pharma formulations, detergents and other materials.

At BASF he is now responsible for scouting new technologies in advanced materials and materials systems and for the incubation of new technological approaches. These activities are supported by BASF’s postdoctoral centers at Harvard University, MIT, University of California Berkeley, ETH Zurich, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Fudan University, Tsinghua University, Kyoto University and others.

Reiger is one of two BASF Research Fellows and established the BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard University with Dave Weitz and George Whitesides. In 2005 he was appointed Distinguished Guest Professor at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and in 2011 he received the Walther Nernst-Denkmünze of the Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft.

Rieger is a former advisory board member of the journals Advanced Materials and Soft Matter and was co-editor of the Physik Journal from 2008 until 2012. He is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, contributions to books and patents.

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