ABOUT Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

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Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos studied German and Computer Linguistics in Heidelberg. After working in internal communications at DHL she got a DFG scholarship at the Graduate School "NeuroAct," where she received her doctorate in Cognitive Linguistics. In 2010, she began working in global communications at BASF Crop Protection. She then moved into the exciting field of research communications, where among other things, she presents BASFs diverse research fields on the web.


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MOFs – New possibilities for storing gas

Posted 27 October 2012 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

BASF has been researching into metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), and the processes that can be used to manufacture these highly efficient storage materials for gases on an industrial scale, for more than ten years. In September, BASF was awarded the Pierre Potier Prize in the field of process innovation for its successful research. This prize is awarded for outstanding examples of sustainable innovations in the field of chemistry by the two French chemical associations Fédération Française pour les sciences de la... Read more

Freedom of Research in Plant Biotechnology?

Posted 15 August 2012 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

“What future does Germany have as a research location for impending technologies?” asked numerous scientists, in January when BASF announced they would relocate their plant biotechnology division abroad. One of the key technologies of the 21st century doesn’t meet with the necessary acceptance in Germany. What consequences will this have for university research? To learn more, we spoke to Hans-Jörg Jacobsen, Professor of Plant Biotechnology at Leibniz University in Hannover. Prof. Jacobsen, Industrial research into plant biotechnology has withdrawn almost... Read more

Electromobility: The Next Battery Generations (Part II)

Posted 9 November 2011 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

Being mobile is taken for granted these days. To secure the energy efficient and climate friendly mobility of the future, in October the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and BASF opened the joint laboratory BELLA (Battery and Electrochemistry) at which new battery materials for electric cars are to be developed. Dr. Andreas Fischer has put together a few basic facts about material research for us. Electric cars were already held in high regard by the automobile pioneers. Around 1900, there... Read more

Electromobility: Researching for New Battery Materials (Part I)

Posted 22 September 2011 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

Alternative drive systems, especially electromobility, rate highly when it comes to conserving energy and resources. The sticking point is and remains the battery, which is the main focus of research in electrochemistry. Over the last few decades, BASF has been one of the few chemical companies to continuously pursue electrochemical research and set up groups of recognized experts. One of them is BASF research scientist Dr. Andreas Fischer. Michael Lang talked to him about new battery materials for electromobility.  ... Read more

Onto the compost – bags for bio-waste

Posted 29 April 2011 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

The bio-waste bin is a worthy cause: composting lettuce leaves, coffee filters, tea bags and apple cores in the proper manner not only produces fertilizer but also contributes to a positive energy balance. But how do we transfer coffee grounds and potato peelings to the bin – without, for example, the newspaper we wrap them in tearing open and distributing the contents over the hallway? In Bad Dürkheim, a pilot project was launched in April to test how waste bags... Read more

Millenium Technology Prize for Grätzel

Posted 20 June 2010 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

That's how fast history catches up with you: in my last blog post I had just mentioned the Grätzel cell as a milestone in the history of organic photovoltaics. Now EPFL Professor Michael Grätzel (1) has received the Millenium Technology Prize in Helsinki for inventing and researching dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC). The prize underlines the industrial importance of organic photovoltaics (OPV) and picks up on our arguments by placing main emphasis on the cost/benefit ratio of dye-sensitized cells. As a... Read more

History of Organic Photovoltaics: Ideas from Dye Research

Posted 24 May 2010 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

Recently my kids generated their own electricity for the first time. At an energy expo at the German Museum in Munich, they were allowed to pedal to their heart's content and start up a generator powered radio, lamp and TV set. When it came to the immersion heater, though, my son finally ran out of breath. But when, exhausted, he dragged himself to the solar energy section – his father's pride and joy – his interest plummeted to zero. What's... Read more

History of photovoltaics from space travel to the mass market

Posted 9 May 2010 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

The photovoltaic effect has been known for more than 150 years: light releases charge carriers in semiconductor materials – the precondition for developing solar cells. In the late 1950s, these silicon solar cells were introduced into space travel and contributed to the energy supply of the early satellites. Since then, semiconductor scientists have focused on inorganic materials, starting with the elements selenium, silicon and germanium through to the compound semiconductors gallium arsenide, cadmium telluride and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS).... Read more

Japanese suppliers put their money on organic photovoltaics integration in buildings

Posted 21 April 2010 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

Today's photovoltaic market is characterized by suppliers working in the classical technologies, using cells of crystalline silicon and thin layer cells of amorphous silicon. This was demonstrated again most recently at the 3rd International Photovoltaic Power Generation Expo (PV EXPO) in Tokyo. Especially in the young Asian markets, power generation by silicon based PV is the current building and construction trend, and is being promoted in Japan by, for example, the renewal of a sponsorship program. I find these expos... Read more

Shining cells in the land of the rising sun

Posted 11 March 2010 by Judith Schrauf-Papadopoulos

We have just flown over the Polish Baltic Sea coast and I am using the miles before we arrive in Frankfurt to put down the first few blog lines on paper. Actually, with my opening article I wanted to briefly outline my field of research. But blogs are always diaries as well – which is why I am more disposed to talk about our trip to Japan, the cradle of consumer electronics and the play room of organic electronics. Last... Read more