Research & Innovation

Research at Bayer MaterialScience

In 2013, Bayer MaterialScience spent €208 million on research and development. This was about 6.5 percent of the Bayer Group’s total investment in research and development. In this way the subgroup aims to further expand its leading position in the market and in process technology as a global supplier of high-quality customized materials and system solutions. In the Polyurethanes; Polycarbonates; and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties business units, the latest technologies and production processes are employed to create new products and new applications in cooperation with customers and other external partners.

New applications for high-tech materials

Waterborne 2K PU coating

Meeting ecological requirements

Printable aliphatic Desmopan™ films for improved mechanical properties and light stability

Aspartates for innovative corrosion protection

Short Fiber Spraying – fast, efficient process

New Makroblend™ product lines
for use in automotive exterior parts – high toughness even at low temperatures

External thermal insulation composite system

Flame-resistant Bayblend™ grades with Eco-label compliance 

Bayflex™ Lightweight
Density reduction, excellent dynamic compression set performance 

New scratch-resistant Makrolon™ grades for automotive glazing 

Examples of new product developments at Bayer MaterialScience:


Our activities in the Polyurethanes (PUR) business unit focus partly on the continuing development of polyurethane rigid foam as a highly efficient insulating material for buildings and refrigerated appliances. Our principal goal in this respect is to further improve the material’s insulating and flame retardancy properties. Among the most recent innovations is an especially fine-pored foam with up to 10% lower thermal conductivity than conventional polyurethane rigid foam.

Our research and development activities are also directed toward meeting the growing demand for added comfort. Our innovative solutions in this area include viscoelastic polyurethane flexible foam that is increasingly being used in furniture and mattresses.

We have made significant progress in recent years in the area of process development. We are currently working with carbon dioxide as a new source of carbon for polyurethanes to make us less dependent on petrochemical raw materials. In 2013 we completed the “Dream Production” research project in this field. We also pressed ahead with plans for the commercial exploitation of this new technology.


Our research and development activities in the Polycarbonates (PCS) business unit are geared to the development of new products – mainly for the automotive and electrical / electronics industries – that help to reduce weight, improve energy efficiency and safety, and increase design freedom.

Materials we have developed and introduced for the consumer electronics sector include extra lightweight, glass-fiber-reinforced materials for ultramobile laptop computers and other applications.

For the automotive industry, we are developing not only lightweight solutions but also materials and systems for high-quality, individual car interior designs. Here the “DirectCoating / DirectSkinning” technology
co-developed by MaterialScience enables the efficient manufacture of coated components in a single production step. We also offer sustainable solutions for car bodies, laptop housings and other items using recycled plastics.

Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties

In the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) business unit, we are driving the development of raw materials for high-performance polyurethane coatings, adhesives and sealants. These are used in areas such as renewable energies, mobility and infrastructure facilities, as well as for textiles and sporting goods.

Our development activities are directed toward eco-friendly products that consume less resources and can be more efficiently applied. Here we are concentrating on low-solvent, solvent-free and waterborne systems. The use of renewable raw materials is also playing an increasingly important role. In addition to the conventional application areas, we aim to open up lucrative market segments by continuously evolving our product and technology portfolio.

Our activities in Specialty Films center on products based on polycarbonates or thermoplastic polyurethanes, into which holographic functions can also be incorporated for attractive markets such as 3D flat screens.

Closer collaboration with network partners to better leverage innovative ideas

To tap possible new areas of activity, the “New Business" unit studies and evaluates innovative technology and market trends. These are then implemented in the business units or in independent companies. Bayer MaterialScience also works closely with universities, institutes and start-ups throughout the world on research and development projects.

You will find further information on the research activities of Bayer MaterialScience in our research magazine:

Last updated: January 21, 2015 Copyright © Bayer AG