In June 2013 we stepped up our established cooperation with Duisburg-Essen University in Germany by concluding an agreement to sponsor a junior professorship and fund ten new scholarships for doctoral candidates. In fall 2013 we signed a declaration of intent on a strategic partnership with Singapore’s leading national research organization, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
We are also exploring new routes in open innovation. In August 2013 we invited more than 100 scientists in Germany working in the areas of organic chemistry, biochemistry and catalysis to submit proposals for a specific cooperation project. The goal was to find ways of synthesizing DL-methionine or L-methionine without using hydrocyanuric acid. At Evonik’s annual research colloquium in December 2013 awards were presented to the scientists who submitted the three best proposals.
At the Evonik Meets Science forum in Atlantic City (New Jersey, USA) in September 2013, our experts discussed surface-active systems for consumer and industrial applications with professors from leading US universities.