News Release | Dec 10, 2020

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists honors BASF scientists for research papers

FLORHAM PARK, NJ, December 8, 2020 – Two BASF scientists were recognized by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) for the scientific impact of their research papers.

Juan Brito, Application Chemist III, Skin Care and Sun Care at BASF Care Chemicals, North America, received the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Award for his paper entitled ‘Formulating with Zinc Oxide.’ The jury highlighted the paper for the greatest scientific contribution to knowledge in the field of protecting against or ameliorating damage to human skin caused by exposure to UV radiation.

The SCC awarded Philip Ludwig, Technical Account Manager for Personal Care Actives at BASF Care Chemicals, North America, for his publication entitled, ‘Quorum Quenching: The New Way to Keep Microbiome Under Control.’ The paper presented a promising strategy to protect the skin against opportunistic pathogens and to soothe and reinforce aggressed and sensitive skin: The paper was selected as the most innovative and was a collaborative effort by several BASF employees:

  • Dr. Manon Gault, Head of Cutaneous Microbiology Laboratory, BASF Beauty Creations,
  • Dr. Valerie Andre-Frei, R&D Scouting & Communication Expert, BASF Beauty Creations,
  • Dr. Sabrina Leoty-Okombi, R&D Project Leader, BASF Beauty Creations,
  • Dr. Louis Danoux, Head of Cell Biology Laboratory of BASF, and
  • Cecile Kalem, Strategic Marketing Manager, Bioactives at BASF.

“Innovating with and for our customers is one of our core values and essential for our success,” said Daniele Piergentili, Vice President, Home and Personal Care, BASF North America. “We congratulate the team for these notable successes.”

The scientists will be recognized for their research papers during the SCC’s 74th Annual Scientific Meeting & Showcase on December 9, 2020.

About the Care Chemicals division at BASF
The BASF division Care Chemicals offers a broad range of ingredients for personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. We are a globally leading supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaning industry, and support our customers with innovative and sustainable products, solutions and concepts. The division’s high-performance product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients, UV filters and enzymes. We have production and development sites in all regions and are expanding our presence in emerging markets. Further information is available online at

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