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Petrochemical Catalysts

For many leading chemical companies around the world, BASF is the preferred supplier of petrochemical catalysts.

We offer a broad range of proprietary base metal and precious metal catalysts, as well as base metal oxides for several chemical and petrochemical processes. Our fixed bed and slurry catalysts are used for hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, amination, oxidation, halogenation, dehydration and hydration reactions.

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In addition to our core suite of petrochemical catalyst solutions, BASF licenses, develops and operates hydrocarbon hydrogenation processes called SELOP®. Chemical companies rely on us for expertise built on more than a century in the catalysts industry.

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Preferred Licensor

BASF’s operational excellence and experience make us the go-to choice for C3, C4 and Pygas processes.

Overall Performance

Customers choose BASF’s petrochemical catalysts for their superior activity, selectivity and lifetime.

Support Capabilities

Our global catalyst research and manufacturing facilities are strategically located to provide worldwide support.


Catalytic technologies by BASF are designed to deliver optimal performance in a variety of chemical and petrochemical processes. Browse the major application segments served by our chemical synthesis and petrochemical catalysts.

Hydrocarbon Hydrogenation

  • Selective hydrogenations (C2 to Pygas)
  • Dearomatization
  • Resins hydrogenation

Dehydrogenation, Dehydration, Oxidation

  • BASF-Linde Propane Dehydrogenation Process
  • SNAP catalyst for butane and propane dehydrogenation
  • Ethanol-to-ethylene
  • Vinyl acetate monomer


  • Oxo alcohols
  • Butanediol and equivalents (THF and GBL)
  • SMPO (Acetophenone to phenylethanol to styrene)


  • Aliphatic amines
  • Aromatic amines (e. g. Aniline, TDA)
  • Acrylamide
  • Others


  • H2O2
  • CFC catalysts
  • Silicones
  • Brine polishing
  • Chlorinated organics (e. g. chloroacetic acid)
  • Others


  • Purified Terephthalic Acid
  • Others

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0.5% Pd/Al 5637 E

0.5% Pd/Al 5637 is a precious metal catalyst specifically designed for selective hydrogenation of alpha methyle styrene (AMS) to cumene while avoiding the undesirable side reaction of hydrogenation of cumene to isopropyle cyclohexane (IPCH).

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BASF Catalyst H0-25 K3-5 was developed for selective hydrogenation of acetylene in tail-end C2- converters in ethylene plants.

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