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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.

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We make adsorbents differently

Adsorption is the accumulation of atoms or molecules on the surface of a material. This process creates a film of the adsorbate (the molecules or atoms being accumulated) on the adsorbent's surface. It is different from absorption, in which a substance diffuses into a liquid or solid to form a solution. The term sorption encompasses both processes, while desorption is the reverse process.


Adsorbents are used usually in the form of spherical pellets, rods, moldings, or monoliths with hydrodynamic diameters between 0.5 and 10 mm. They must have high abrasion resistance, high thermal stability and small pore diameters, which results in higher exposed surface area and hence high surface capacity for adsorption. The adsorbents must also have a distinct pore structure which enables fast transport of targeted molecules.

At BASF, we make adsorbents differently. The difference comes from not only making our adsorbents differently, it comes from thinking differently.

BASF has led the way in helping businesses and institutions across industries meet and exceed stringent moisture control standards with a variety of superior and unique alumina, desiccant and adsorbent technologies that underscore BASF’s reputation for delivering ingenious answers to tough business challenges. We make adsorbents differently and it is this distinction that sets us apart and has customers seeking us out in the marketplace for their moisture control and purification requirements.

Adsorbents Basfdifference

Not your traditional silica gel … Sorbead Adsorbents Traditional silica gel products are produced by acidifying sodium silicate, or “water glass” and then water washing the precipitate, followed by dehydration. The bead produced by BASF is produced by a proprietary oil-drop sol-gel process. The sol is created when colloidal Al/Si particles are dropped into an oil column. This process is unique to BASF. The decrease in the amount of moisture present in the original bead allows for greater pore size control and hydrothermal stability. In addition, Sorbead is manufactured using aluminum and silica-containing components. This allows for fine control of the chemical composition of the beads and further underscores the difference in the resulting bead product. Sorbead adsorbents are made from beginning to end differently than other adsorbents anywhere else in the world.

Not just to be different … proprietary ball forming manufacturing process The process used to produce the activated alumina F-200 series and the Selexsorb adsorbent products is proprietary and produces unique spheres with the:

Highest density

Highest crush strength

Lowest dust

Make the BASF Difference a part of your process We control all aspects of product development from design to packaging and quality control. We provide customized products to meet specific production requirements. We offer highly-reliable technical service that incorporates the skills, expertise and knowhow found throughout BASF.

Adsorbent Selector

BASF Adsorbents offers products used in the production of natural gas, sulfur, olefins, hydrogen peroxide, petrochemicals, aromatics and catalysts. Use our Adsorbent Product Selector to select the adsorbent that is right for you by industry, application or product by using the pull down menus below.



Areas of Adsorbent Solutions

BASF Refinery Map

For over 50 years, BASF has been pioneering innovative FCC catalysts, hydrogenation catalysts, and adsorbents for refinery applications. Click below to view our portfolio of products available.

Sorbead® Air: The Ideal Adsorbent for Air Drying

Sorbead® Air is known to cut energy and maintenance costs significantly due to many of its properties. It is the best adsorbent to use for the dehydration of air.

Durasorb: Natural Gas Treatment

BASF Durasorb™ is a family of products developed in combination with proprietary system design software to complement each other for the purification of Natural Gas streams. BASF Durasorb™ products are designed to work together to provide optimum solutions for the most difficult gas processing conditions, including retrofit of existing units.

Olefin Purification

BASF offers since more than 30 years a broad portfolio for treating streams used in polyethylene, polypropylene or cumene units. The portfolio also covers units recovering olefins like ethylene or propylene recovery units or generating olefins like dehydrogenation units or steamcrackers.

Sulfur Recovery

BASF provides high-quality products, proven technologies, and reliable services for the sulfur recovery process. By developing customized solutions, BASF supports customers increase sulfur recovery, optimize performance, and maximize profitability.

Product Portfolio

F 200


Activated Alumina for Liquid and Gas Drying BASF F-200 is a smooth sphere of activated alumina produced by BASF’s unique manufacturing process.

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PuriStar® R9-SR

BASF adsorbent R9-SR is a spherical adsorbent for removing reactive sulfur components from hydrocarbon streams in the presence of hydrogen or multiple unsaturated components.

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Sorbead® R

Sorbead R is an adsorbent with high water capacity and above-average drying capacity with a low desorption energy requirement.

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Recent News and Media

Shell qualifies BASF Sorbead Adsorption Technology for Carbon Capture and Storage Applications

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Shell qualifies BASF Sorbead® Adsorption Technology for Carbon Capture and Storage Applications

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Shell qualifies BASF Durasorb Cryo-HRU technology for removal of heavy hydrocarbons and water from natural gas

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Durasorb HG

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BASF launches Durasorb HG, a new product for mercury removal from Natural Gas

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