Detlef Kratz

President Group Research
BASF

Since 2018, Detlef is president of the division “Process Research & Chemical Engineering” with focus on chemical synthesis, catalysis, battery materials, process development and CO2-reduced production. After his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg in 1991 followed by a year as postdoc at the California Institute of Technology, Los Angeles he joined BASF in 1992. Detlef held various positions in business and production in Asia and Europe until he became head of corporate technology and operational excellence in 2012.

He holds various voluntary positions, for example at the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim/Ruhr, the FUTURIUM in Berlin and he is on the jury of the ICIS Award for Innovation.