BASF 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 world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group 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. We believe mobility’s future lies in more than just products. So where others come to a full stop, we’re just getting started—by leveraging the full power of BASF to continually advance our comprehensive package of sustainable solutions that enable us to travel further, as well as above and beyond. A leading supplier of high performance cathode active materials (CAM) for electrified vehicles to battery producers and automotive OEMs around the world. 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. BASF is committed to advancing and promoting environmentally-sound technologies to achieve a sustainable future in aviation. Offering 50 years of experience developing intelligent solutions for air quality over a wide range of applications — enabling clean air for a healthier, more sustainable future. As the global leader in chemical catalysts, BASF develops cutting-edge catalyst chemistry with our customers’ needs in mind. We want to contribute to a world that provides a viable future with enhanced quality of life for everyone. We do so by creating chemistry for our customers and society and by making the best use of available resources. BASF offers the widest portfolio of adsorbent technologies for a broad spectrum of applications in industries such as refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas processing. Syngas, produced from natural gas or coal, is a key intermediate in the emerging technologies for gas-to-liquids (GTL), methanol-to-olefins, coal-to-liquids and fuel cells. 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. Paving the way toward a brighter, more secure future. Manufacturing products for sustainable solutions, reducing emissions from our processes, and using non-fossil fueled energy sources – all of these efforts help lead BASF on a continuing journey of sustainability. 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. Innovative, step-change technology with dual-purpose performance: removal of heavy hydrocarbons and water to cryogenic specifications in a single unit. 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. Developing and producing pharmaceutical ingredients for more than 75 years, enabling us to provide the solutions you need to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges for your pharmaceutical business. 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. Explore this collection of resources to learn more about our innovative research and Catalyst solutions.
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As the global leader in catalysis with more than 100 years of catalyst manufacturing experience, BASF offers a broad range of manufacturing assets combined with critical expertise in custom catalyst development.

We collaborate with customers to develop and commercialize catalyst technologies. From idea creation to scale-up and manufacturing, BASF provides service through the entire value chain. Our proven business model was created with experience earned from more than 50 years of custom manufacturing.

Looking for solutions to capture carbon dioxide?

We help you to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, making it available as valuable feedstock for various applications, for example direct air capture (DAC) technologies such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), zeolites and amine-based systems. Get in touch with us to learn how we efficiently help you manage your carbon footprint.

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With more than 50 years of successful custom catalyst partnerships, BASF has an impeccable reputation for maintaining full confidentiality and intellectual property (IP) protection for customers. We offer the commercial production of unique materials with customized functionality to meet strategic business objectives. With our surface and material science competencies, customers have what they need to create customized functionalities and enhance yield, selectivity, and lifetime.

Extensive Resources

Our unmatched research and development (R&D) resources include specialized custom catalyst scale-up experts supported by more than 1,100 catalyst R&D experts globally.

Comprehensive Assets

Customers who work with BASF gain access to a broad range of catalyst manufacturing assets in more than 40 manufacturing sites around the world.

Flexible Process

Our varying business models range from tolling of fully commercialized manufacturing processes to joint development arrangements, which provides our customers with added flexibility.

Custom catalysts can be developed for chemical process catalysts, industrial catalysts, refining catalysts, as well as adsorbents. Contact us to discuss your custom catalysts requirements at or fill out the form below.


With our long history of successful catalyst manufacturing, BASF understands that an outstanding custom catalyst requires a well-established partnership built on trust. Our methodology relies on the creation and maintenance of an open dialogue with customers. BASF’s portfolio of successful customer relationships is broad and mostly confidential, but three partners are in the public domain.

Point Source CO2 Capture (Metal-organic frameworks, MOFs)

Olefin Conversion Technology (OCT)

Fluid bed oxychlorination catalysts

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Partner with BASF to make the most of our extensive resources, world-class technologies and decades’ worth of knowledge in the custom catalysts arena.

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Outsource Custom Catalyst Manufacturing to BASF

Catalyst manufacturing is what we do. We offer manufacturing capabilities to formulate your custom catalysts within our global network of production plants, research units and site communities around the world.

Realize cost efficiencies through capital cost avoidance and manufacturing cost reductions

Achieve speed-to-market while maintaining high quality and flexibility

Focus on your core competencies and leverage BASF's catalyst expertise


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A BASF custom catalyst is a catalyst developed or co-developed by a BASF customer with full confidentiality and intellectual property (IP) protection. The IP ownership resides with the inventing party with possible joint patent positions. We recognize our customer's Intellectual Property (IP) is important. Therefore, we have established a successful protocol which includes:

  • Establishment of legal agreements for IP Protection
  • Internal "Firewall" protection
  • Limitation of information dissemination on a "need-to-know" basis
  • Project teams chosen to avoid conflicts of interest


At BASF, we combine a comprehensive portfolio of proven custom catalyst manufacturing services with an infrastructure of knowledgeable chemists and researchers. That’s how we turn catalysts into commercial reality.

From manufacturing to development, BASF has the foundation to support even the most challenging design and processing requirements. With our assets and resources, we have the ability for rapid scale-up and mass production in a cost-efficient manner.

BASF leverages core chemical and catalyst technologies with the creative imagination of over 1,100 R&D experts to create practical solutions that drive new levels of customer performance and achievement. Competencies in material science and surface chemistry result in unique materials with customized functionality to meet your strategic business objectives.

Engineered Materials

Specialized Chemical Formulations

Process Optimization

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