BASF and Citrine Informatics are collaborating to use artificial intelligence to speed the development of environmental catalyst technology, such as the catalyst shown in this microscopy image. Photo courtesy of BASF/Citrine Informatics.

BASF and Citrine Informatics are collaborating to make it happen

ISELIN, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—BASF and Citrine Informatics are collaborating to use artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate the development of new environmental catalyst technologies. Citrine Informatics is a next-generation platform that harnesses the power of AI to bring new materials to market faster and capture materials-enabled product value.

The need to enable clean air for a sustainable future is spurring companies worldwide to look for innovative, cost-effective solutions to meet evolving emission regulations. The key to success is matching product performance with speed-to-market. BASF and Citrine are collaborating to accelerate innovation by implementing machine learning for research.

The preliminary phase of the pilot project focuses on identifying new materials for capturing greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide (CO2). In the collaboration, BASF is providing experimental data to build proprietary AI models using the Citrine platform. By iteratively testing newly suggested materials from the models in the lab, BASF and Citrine aim to improve the models through sequential learning by retraining the algorithms with new data.

“We strongly believe that combining our technical knowledge and experimental data with AI can accelerate material discovery,” said Dr. Mengting Yu, who leads digitalization initiatives in heterogeneous catalysis at BASF, in a press release. “The model rapidly screened thousands of new materials and became smarter in its predictions. We are looking forward to extending our collaborations into other catalysis applications.”

“AI is a critical technology in BASF’s digitalization roadmap, and for R&D, it dramatically changes how our scientists design experiments or value data,” said Victor Oh, Digital Innovation, BASF. Oh is based in San Francisco. “Our work with Citrine has given us many new insights and will serve as a key benchmark in our continued exploration for other AI opportunities globally.”

The future of materials development depends on speed. Developing materials faster will require managing and using data more effectively, which includes consolidating data into a single consistent searchable format, as well as structuring, storing, and using materials data to harness the power of AI.

“AI-driven materials development is the future of the materials industry, and we are pleased with the BASF catalyst results,” said Greg Mulholland, CEO of Citrine Informatics (https://citrine.io/). “The companies who are first to invest in this technology will reap tremendous market rewards.”

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