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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.

We provide FCC innovations to maximize production of highly-valued petrochemicals and fuels for your unit’s unique needs. At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future.

Why BASF?

BASF is a pioneer in innovative catalysts for the petroleum refining industry. Whatever your refinery’s specific needs, BASF can provide a catalyst solution to meet them. Our FCC Catalysts provide the main catalytic cracking power in the unit and need to be optimized per feedstock and desired output. Providing tailored FCC solutions for various feedstocks as well as options for refineries that want feed flexibility, BASF catalysts coupled with our technical expertise provide sustainable solutions for all FCC units.

BASF develops innovative technologies as the basis for our FCC Refining Catalysts portfolio. Customer-focused research and development results in BASF’s creation of new technologies and drives our approach to continuous innovation, leading to new possibilities for the refining industry. Our FCC catalyst technologies offer avenues for operations and profit improvement.

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FCC Catalysts

BASF is a pioneer in innovative catalysts for the petroleum refining industry. Whatever your refinery’s specific needs, BASF can provide a catalyst solution to meet them.

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Our FCC Catalysts provide the main catalytic cracking power in the unit and need to be optimized per feedstock and desired output. Providing tailored FCC solutions for various feedstocks as well as options for refineries that want feed flexibility, BASF catalysts coupled with our technical expertise provide sustainable solutions for all FCC units.

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FCC Co-Processing

BASF enables refiners to further their sustainability progress with innovative solutions for FCC co-processing of alternative feedstocks.

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Refiners are co-processing a wide variety of alternatives feed, including used vegetable oils, waste oils and animal fats, biomass pyrolysis oils and waste product pyrolysis oils. BASF works with refiners to identify the best solutions for your unique requirements, using our technologies and extensive experience in the refining segment.

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FCC Additives

Additives allow refiners to optimize product selectivities and cost-effectively reach regulations without a large catalyst overhaul.

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BASF works to help refiners access maximum unit performance through continuous innovations in petroleum refining. Our wide variety of FCC additives demonstrates BASF’s commitment to advancing refining technologies. We offer both performance-enhancing and environmental-compliance additives.

FCC Technologies

BASF develops innovative technologies as the basis for our FCC Refining Catalysts portfolio.

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Customer-focused research and development results in BASF’s creation of new technologies and drives our approach to continuous innovation, leading to new possibilities for the refining industry. Our FCC catalyst technologies offer avenues for operations and profit improvement.

  • DMS Technology: Distributed Matrix Structures (DMS) technology provides a unique pore structure to deliver benefits for all FCC unit designs. DMS technology enables enhanced diffusion of hydrocarbon feed for pre-cracking on highly dispersed zeolite crystals.
  • Prox-SMZ Technology: Proximal Stable Matrix and Zeolite (Prox-SMZ) technology enhances distillate yields and reduces bottoms. In a single process step, BASF combines a new advanced FCC catalyst matrix with our proven zeolite technology.
  • BBT: BASF developed Boron-based Technology (BBT) using boron chemistry to increase desired product in units with moderate to high metals contamination. It achieves superior nickel passivation using a specially-designed pore architecture.
  • IZY Technology: Improved Zeolite Y (IZY) technology optimizes the catalyst’s mesoporosity leading to reduced diffusion path length and higher liquid yields. Units can take advantage of this new intercrystallite spacing for olefins selectivity.
  • MFT Technology: Multiple Framework Topologies (MFT) technology decouples catalyst acid site density from activity allowing units to increase olefin selectivity using a high zeolite catalyst without reducing the unit’s activity.

Product Finder

Other products in our portfolio for refinery catalysts can be found below.

Fourte®

Fourte® maximizes butylenes production in the FCCU and increases gasoline octane while preserving catalyst activity.

Valor®

Valor® is BASF latest vanadium trapping technology.

Borotec®

Borotec® features BASF’s novel technology BBT (Boron Based Technology) and builds upon the success of BoroCat®.

Altrium®

Altrium® has enhance coke-selective bottoms cracking from heavy feeds to LCO and Naphtha.

Technical Services

Our experts and technical teams work to understand each individual refinery to provide tailored and timely assistance.

BASF values knowledge of its customer base to provide continuous support during and after FCC unit updates. Our communication with refineries ensures new technologies and products are constantly reviewed and updated for alignment with the changing needs of our customer base.

For questions or inquiries, please contact refining-catalysts@basf.com or Customer Care. For MSDS information, contact your Account Manager.

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Aside from reliable supply of catalyst and adsorbents, these comprehensive solutions include service, process optimization, and technical support that help to maximize your feedstock value, meet your sustainability and environmental goals, and enable production of high quality fuels and petrochemicals.

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Resources

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Publications

BASF provides solutions for industry problems by focusing on innovation opportunities. Below are some examples of how BASF’s technology helps refiners reach optimal performance.

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Transforming refineries’ opportunities through FCC - PTQ, Q4 2023

Pursuing a sustainable path for recycled and renewable feedstocks by Lucas Dorazio and James Fu, BASF Corporation (Published in PTQ, Q4, 2023)

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Operating FCCs more sustainably by supporting the co-processing of alternative feeds (BASF brochure)

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Maximising Potential - The challenges of maximising butylenes from residual feeds - September 2023

Modesto Miranda Lopez, Hernando Salgado, Aaron Liew, Emmanouil Smaragdis and Corbett Senter, BASF, outline the challenges of maximising butylenes from residual feeds, and the importance of novel catalyst technology.

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Lessons from FCC History: through Covid and post economic recovery - March 2023

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How digitalization is turning data into value in the hearth of the refinery: FCC Catalysts - February 2023

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Processing renewable and waste-based feedstocks with fluid catalytic cracking - January 2023

Impact on catalytic performance and considerations for improved catalyst design

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Flexibility in Catalyst Technology for Improved Bottoms Upgrading - December 2022

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Characterization of Ni-Phases and Their Transformations in Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalysts - December 2022

Comparison of Conventional Versus Boron-Based Ni Passivation

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The Transformational Strength of Catalyst Technology - November 2022

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Co-processing renewable and recyclable feedstocks in the FCC unit - March 2022

​Describes characteristics and challenges of different feedstocks for coprocessing in FCC

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Maximizing Value with C5 Olefins - March 2022

N. Larson, N. Newton, N. De Silva, D. Neumann, Y. Yang, and B. Killeen investigate C5= formation with MFT catalysts.

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Choosing an FCCU CO promoter is no longer driven by NOx emissions - December 2021

Describes benefit of Enable and shows trial data vs. Pd base promoter

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Impact of chlorides on fluid catalytic cracking - July 2021

M. Clough Mastry, M. Senter, F. Sanchez Arandilla, and B. Yilmaz discuss how when chlorides enter a fluid catalytic cracker unit (FCCU), various issues are introduced. Chemically, Cl reactivates dormant or inactive nickel, increases hydrogen and coke. Operationally, Cl causes significant NH4Cl deposits downstream in the main fractionator tower. Both effects are highly undesirable from an FCCU operational standpoint.

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Pragmatic Approach toward Catalytic CO Emission Mitigation in Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Units - June 2021

In this work A. Vjunov, K.C. Kharas, V. Komvokis, A. Dundee, C.C. Zhang, and B. Yilmaz share CO promoter design strategies that can afford a tangible and immediate CO conversion efficiency increase without a need for additional precious metal loading.

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An evergreen optimisation approach - June 2021

A. Chen, A. Novotny, T. Case, D. Banks, and B. Eren, BASF, USA, outline how FCC catalysts optimise bottoms cracking.

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Understanding HCN in FCC: Formation, effects and mitigating options - June 2021

In these challenging times, fluidized catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) aim to improve margins by processing poorer or different-quality feeds, while maintaining good yield performance.

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Octane Improvement in FCC Units: An Open Choice—March 2021

Hernando Salgado and Melissa Clough Mastry, BASF Refining Catalysts, offer a review of octane improvement methods in an FCC unit and assess each method’s advantages and disadvantages.

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Role of chlorides in reactivation of contaminant nickel on fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts—February 2021

Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) is an important process for the conversion of crude oil into valuable products including fuels, lubricants, and precursors for making other products.

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Boosting profitability in a maximum propylene FCC - January 2021

Refiner and supplier collaborated to evaluate, prepare, and execute the revamp of an FCC and an LPG olefins additive trial

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