The backbone of our innovation

Our scientific competences

Putting science to work

We believe that the best way to create brighter lives for all is to use our science to tackle the challenges facing the planet in the key areas of Nutrition & Health, Climate & Energy and Resources & Circularity.

DSM's scientific competences form the backbone of innovation at DSM, covering specific aspects of scientific insight and expertise. They range from knowledge and best practices accumulated over time, to the advanced technological equipment and facilities we use today. Most importantly, they include the skills, expertise, curiosity, tenacity - and networks - of the many talented scientific minds that work with and for us.

Our competence toolbox

Our toolbox of scientific competences is grouped into seven areas, each with many advanced areas of expertise. Many of these - for instance those grounded in Chemistry, Engineering and Analytics - are applied across our Life Sciences and Materials Sciences businesses. They are not just applied to Research Technology & Development but also to supporting other functions.

  • Analytical Sciences

    Analytical Sciences

    Analytical Sciences cover a range of expertise and techniques for identifying substances up to molecular level - and revealing their structure, composition and properties.

  • Biological Sciences

    Biological Sciences

    Biological Sciences enable our customers to create new kinds of food, fuel and medicine using natural sources like microbes and enzymes.

  • Chemical Sciences

    Chemical Sciences

    Chemical Sciences 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.

  • Engineering Sciences

    Engineering Sciences

    Engineering Sciences cover the expertise and tools needed to develop processes for converting various renewable raw materials into products.

  • Macromolecular Sciences

    Macromolecular Sciences

    Macromolecular Sciences is controlling the synthesis of macromolecular structures in order to influence polymer characteristics and behavior.

  • Materials Sciences

    Materials Sciences

    Materials Sciences is what helps produce many of the engineering thermoplastics, resins, high performance fibers and coatings essential to everyday life.

  • Nutritional Sciences

    Nutritional Sciences

    Nutritional Sciences create a wide range of nutritional solutions for both animals and humans covering vitamins, carotenoids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, feed and food enzymes, eubiotics, and bioactive natural ingredients.


Increasingly we’ve found that scientific breakthroughs come at the borders of scientific competences (often unexpectedly).

Put simply, our in-house and external experts from different fields - often using very different scientific techniques – connect together across the globe.

Benefiting society

Every day, tools from every section of our competence toolbox are used in different combinations to help solve major societal challenges. We do this increasingly with external partners and collaborators. Why? Because we believe that the sum of our innovations is stronger than its individual parts - and that science can continue to change the world for the better.

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  • Experienced Scientist Awards

    Experienced Scientist Awards

    The Experienced Scientist Award is part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards program and recognizes seasoned scientists for their pioneering research in nutrition and materials sciences.