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Biorenewables

The development of chemicals based on biological feedstocks is critical to a sustainable future, and BASF is proud to support this industry with world-class catalysts. We offer a suite of heterogeneous catalysts and adsorbents that can be used to convert a variety of biorenewable feedstocks into valuable chemicals, oils, lubes and fuels.

Specific catalyst families for biorenewable applications include:

  • Copper catalysts for biorenewable feedstock conversion: Glycerin to 1,2-propanediol (MPG), fatty alcohol production and furfural hydrogenation
  • Nickel catalysts for biorenewable feedstock conversion: Carbonyl reductions, various hydrogenation reactions and triglyceride deoxygenation
  • Alumina catalysts for biorenewable feedstock conversion: Dehydration of alcohols to olefins including ethanol to ethylene (E2E) and butanol to butylene
  • Precious metal catalysts for biorenewable feedstock conversion: Glucose to sorbitol and selective olefin hydrogenation

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Why BASF?

BASF has been driving innovation in catalyst research for more than 100 years. Our catalysts provide solutions for multiple applications and renewable feedstocks such as: Oils & Fats Hydrogenation, Fatty Alcohol & Furfuryl Alcohol Production, Fatty Amine & Fatty Nitrile Synthesis, Sugar Hydrogenation and Alcohol Dehydration. In addition to our well-established catalyst portfolio, BASF offers both a process and catalysts for the conversion of glycerin to 1,2-propanediol (MPG). Glycerin is a byproduct of the biodiesel industry, and BASF’s innovative technology now allows for the efficient conversion of glycerin into higher-value chemicals that are useful across a range of industries.

To learn more about our efforts to reduce emissions and save fossil resources, see BASF’s biomass balance page.

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BASF’s comprehensive portfolio of catalysts for biorenewable applications is rooted in profound material science expertise and produced in close cooperation with our customers.

Copper Catalysts for Biorenewable Feedstocks

Learn more about our process and catalysts for the conversion of glycerin to 1,2-propanediol (MPG), as well as fatty alcohol production and furfural hydrogenation.

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In addition to well-established hydrogenation catalysts, BASF offers both a process and catalysts for the conversion of glycerin to 1,2-propanediol (MPG). Glycerin is a by-product of the biodiesel industry and BASF’s innovative technology now allows for the conversion of glycerin into a high-value product that is useful across a range of industries.

Features of BASF’s process include:

  • MPG product is colorless, odorless and is highly pure
  • MPG product is able to meet USP/Pharma grade requirements

Features of BASF’s catalyst include:

  • Excellent conversion and selectivity for the production of MPG
  • Performance has been proven with an extended lifetime test and reference customers

Nickel Catalysts for Biorenewable Feedstocks

Browse an established portfolio of nickel catalysts available in tablets, spheres, extrudates and droplets for use in various hydrogenation applications.

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BASF's long-time established nickel catalysts are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, including tablets, spheres, extrudates and droplets and may be used for a variety of hydrogenation applications, including:

  • Triglyceride and fatty acid olefin saturation
  • Carbonyl reduction for the purification/clean-up of alcohol streams
  • Deoxygenation reactions
  • Saturation of aromatics (e.g. benzene to cyclohexane)

Precious Metal Catalysts for Biorenewable Feedstocks

Precious metal catalysts for biorenewable applications include Pd, Pt, Rh and Ru-based catalysts for hydrogenation reactions and other applications.

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BASF offers a broad portfolio of Precious Metal catalysts. Of particular importance is BASF’s heterogeneous catalyst for the conversion of glucose to sorbitol.

Features of BASF‘s precious metal catalysts include:

  • Excellent conversion and selectivity for the production of sorbitol
  • Continuous hydrogenation with no metal leaching
  • Less by-product formation for easier work-up

Alumina Catalysts for Biorenewable Feedstocks

Find alumina-based catalysts with excellent activity and selectivity for the conversion of a range of simple alcohols to olefins.

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The dehydration of alcohols to produce olefins is a well-established and important reaction to a range of industries.

Potential reaction applications include:

  • Ethanol to ethylene
  • Propanol to propylene
  • Butanol to butenes

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Al 3992 E

Ultracidic, 1/8’’ cylindrical alumina catalyst suitable for numerous dehydration reactions and isomerization reactions.

Al 3992 E 3F

Ultracidic, 1/8’’ trilobal alumina catalyst with an improved geometric surface area.

Alumina Catalysts

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