Vice President Biopolymer Research
Andreas Künkel studied biology at the Philipps University Marburg and received his Ph.D. in 1998 at the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial microbiology. Afterwards he started his BASF career within the Central R&D department, followed by marketing positions for Fine Chemicals and ecoflex® & ecovio® with focus on strategy and New Business Development. Since 2010 he is head of biodegradable and biobased polymer research of BASF. The focus of this research is the fundamental understanding of the biodegradation process in different environments and the development of new biodegradable and biobased polyesters and compounds for different applications. He is teaching at the University of Marburg.