Protecting the air we breathe from harmful emissions through innovation. BASF leverages unsurpassed expertise in the development of emission control technologies for a wide range of market applications. Did you know there can be 5x more air pollution inside your house than outside of it? Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce risk of indoor health concerns. BASF offers the widest portfolio of adsorbent technologies for a broad spectrum of applications in industries such as refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas processing. The BASF portfolio includes proprietary alumina, silica, alumino-silica gels and a broad line of base metal oxide guard bed materials, including the PuriStar family. At BASF, our Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst and additive offerings together with our expert technical services build the right solution to create value within any unit’s constraints. The increasing demand for energy and resources is what drives us to develop more sustainable solutions, while addressing the need for energy efficiency and conservation. We partner with those who share our commitment to a healthier, more natural and more affordable future for energy and resources. We are constantly improving the quality and reliability of our products, and strive for even greater efficiency and productivity. BASF Natural Gas experts have a diverse portfolio of products to custom design a solution and help you meet your Natural Gas treatment needs. BASF has been serving the natural gas treatment market for over 60 years. With more than 150 years of experience in metal sourcing, trading, and hedging, we’ve built tangible results for our industrial customers. With more than 100 years of experience in recycling materials, BASF’s end-to-end recycling program is known and trusted around the globe. As a leader in precious-metal thermocouples for many years, BASF recently applied its technological expertise to optical-based temperature measurement. BASF Sorbead® Air adsorbents are alumino silicate gels in the form of hard, spherical beads. They are essential in removing water from compressed air so that the efficiency of chemical processes is not compromised. Sorbead® Air is the most energy saving and environmentally friendly adsorbent available for the air compression industry. Innovative, step-change technology with dual-purpose performance: removal of heavy hydrocarbons and water to cryogenic specifications in a single unit. Find the latest news and media information for BASF’s Catalysts division, headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, USA, the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts.
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Welcome to BASF's Catalysts Division

BASF's Catalysts division, headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, USA, is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group employs more than 5,000, with over 30 manufacturing sites worldwide.

As a global division of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, Catalysts offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products including advanced battery materials.

BASF’s Catalysts division is the global market leader in catalysis and high energy density cathode active materials for automotive industry.

We develop and produce mobile emissions catalysts as well as process catalysts and technologies for a broad range of customers worldwide. The Catalysts division also provides precious metals procurement, sales and related services. We continue to expand our leading role in catalyst technology through continuous process and product innovation. BASF is also a leading cathode active material (CAM) supplier to battery producers for electrified vehicles around the world. Check out the Catalysts fact sheet for more information.

Close proximity to our customers

Located around the globe: Looking for a list of our manufacturing sites, R&D and technology centers, main offices and headquarters?

Research and Innovation

Successful research combines market input with scientific insights to develop innovative products. Innovation in catalysis is crucial for all our product groups.

For Mobile Emissions Catalysts, the focus is on improved products to meet new exhaust gas standards, especially for diesel. For Process Catalysts and Technologies, priority is given to developing new and improved products for the process chemicals industry.

We have over 1,100 scientists in catalysts globally developing innovative solutions to help make our customers more successful. They are further supported by over 7,000 scientists in the BASF technology organization.

Recent articles and news

Check out BASF Catalysts latest articles and press releases to learn more about our innovations, investments, partnerships, and more.

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BASF Catalysts | Cathode Active Materials
July 13, 2021 Lithium-ion Battery Recycling, Battery Materials, Precious & Base Metals

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BASF Catalysts | LNG Ship Background
July 02, 2021 Natural Gas Treatment, Adsorbents

Struggling to remove mercaptans and keep project costs in line? Time to consider Durasorb™ Cryo-HRU!

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June 16, 2021 Battery Materials

Checking in with Dr. Sven-Oliver Jungklaus, Global Marketing Director of BASF Battery Materials

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BASF Catalysts | Schwarzheide Plant

Sep 16, 2021

BASF and CATL have signed a framework agreement to accelerate the achievement of global carbon neutrality goals

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BASF Catalysts | R&D Center

Aug 31, 2021

BASF and Shanshan form battery materials joint venture in China

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BASF Catalysts | Renewable Energy Poland

Aug 25, 2021

BASF secures renewable energy for catalyst plant in Poland

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Innovations and Awards

More than 1,100 catalyst experts drive innovation in our global R&D network. One measure of their success is the awards and other forms of recognition they receive.

Recent News and Media

BASF's Catalysts division is making strides in the media. Learn about our latest product launches, partnerships, and innovations below.

Product Portfolio

Our vast portfolio ranges from adsorbents to chemical and FCC catalysts, emissions control catalysts, air quality solutions, battery materials, temperature sensors and much more.

Contact our team

For specific product or business inquiries, please use the relevant contact information found on our contact page. For general Catalysts inquiries, please fill out the contact form found below.

Catalysts Literature Library

Our database provides you access to detailed information on all products offered by BASF’s Catalysts Division. Here is where you can find comprehensive information on BASF Catalysts’ product portfolio.

Industries we serve

Our product portfolio touches across various industries and sectors. Learn more about our division below.

Automotive and Transportation

As the world’s leading supplier of catalysts, BASF has unsurpassed expertise in the development of emission control technologies for a wide range of market applications that protect the air we breathe.


BASF offers technology to reduce both harmful ozone and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in aircraft cabin air. This technology improves air quality by removing certain hydrocarbon compounds responsible for unpleasant odors, such as jet fuel smell.

Air Quality

BASF has over 50 years of experience in developing solutions for clean air. We offer innovative emission control catalyst technologies for the abatement of carbon monoxide, VOC, nitrogen oxides, ammonia, particulate, ozone, and more.


BASF is the Global Leader in Chemical Catalysts. We are dedicated to catalyst chemistry. Our global catalyst R&D and catalyst technical service staff provide immediate, local attention to customer catalyst needs. We offer precious metals supply and full-loop management services, including refining to recover precious metals from spent catalysts. We are committed to work diligently with you to understand your catalyst needs and translate them into the right catalyst for your process.

Energy & Resources

The continuously rising demand for energy and resources requires us to develop energy solutions that are more sustainable and address the need for energy efficiency and conservation.

Precious Metals

BASF is a full service provider of precious metals products and services. We leverage our unparalleled market insight and decades of precious metals sourcing, trading and hedging expertise to create a tangible competitive advantage for BASF and our industrial customers. We tailor our programs to meet our customers’ specific precious metals needs and requirements.


With more than 100 years of experience in recycling materials, BASF’s end-to-end recycling program is known and trusted around the globe. With world-renowned laboratories and decades of industry experience, BASF offers dependable partnership at every stage of the recycling process. We provide unmatched resources, state-of-the-art assets, expert knowledge — and the best value for your material.

Temperature Sensors

BASF supplies a wide range of industries with exceptionally high quality optical pyrometers, thermocouples, and calibration services to provide temperature insights, which can enable higher yields and assist our customers with attaining increased profit.

Oil and Gas

For over 50 years, BASF has been pioneering innovative FCC catalysts, hydrogenation catalysts, and adsorbents for refinery applications.


BASF is an industry leader in providing cutting-edge catalytic technologies to the pharmaceutical and fine chemical markets where speed to market, cost-effectiveness and product uniqueness are imperative.