Chemical Sciences

Transforming molecular building blocks

Breaking & creating bonds

Our Chemical Sciences competences deliver the expertise and techniques that transform lower-value raw material into higher-value molecular building blocks and products that are better for people and the planet.

We achieve it by breaking and creating bonds between atoms, and steering their rearrangement in the desired direction. Just one example of Chemical Sciences is our work on toxic e-waste. Our halogen-free Arnitel® XG material is helping to deliver a product that addresses this.

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The foundation of innovation

It’s our Chemical Sciences competences that deliver, among other things, the polymer building blocks and flame retardancy expertise that enable safer electrical products - eliminating halogen, red phosphorous and other substances with hazardous concern is increasingly important to the electronics industry and its fight against e-waste.

Meanwhile, Chemical Sciences also provide ingredients for new Nutrition or Health formulations, as with our vitamins, or our feed supplement that can reduce animal methane emissions by up to 30% - methane that would otherwise be trapping heat in the atmosphere and warming up our planet. And, in collaboration with Engineering Sciences, our Chemical Sciences competence also develops conceptual routes for scale-up and improvement of chemical processes.

Advanced areas of expertise

  • Scouting, conceptualizing and evaluating new, competing, or externally emerging chemical routes
  • Developing conceptual routes for scale-up to new or improved chemical processes
  • Enabling cleaner and cheaper manufacturing
  • Providing the fundamental platform for other sciences to build upon.

Fit for the future

Our competence in Chemical Sciences is also reducing raw material waste - through improved catalysis, for example. It’s also enabling us to find new functional molecules that can replace less sustainable substances and keep our processes and products fit. By providing early recognition of winning routes, we in turn create value options and build Intellectual Property - all of which is geared towards the ultimate goal: The shift towards a circular, bio-based and renewable economy.

Knowledge Centers

Our largest chemical science communities are located in Kaiseraugst (Switzerland) and Geleen (the Netherlands). Application-oriented communities can be found at other DSM facilities worldwide.

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