Widest portfolio of adsorbent technologies for a broad spectrum of applications. Catalytic converters for aircraft cabins and fuel inerting. Cathode materials, e-mobility, next-generation technology solutions. Air cleaners that help to improve indoor air quality. Solutions for the most challenging applications. BASF maintains significant diesel research and development facilities around the world. These facilities are being used to develop the technologies needed to meet the extremely low emission levels called for in new emissions regulations. As the global leader in mobile emissions catalysts, BASF has developed a number of specialized catalyst technologies. BASF offers a "full loop" of precious metals products & services. Catalysts for chemical, petrochemical, and refining industries. We offer precious metals supply and full-loop management services, including refining to recover precious metals from spent catalysts. The development of fuels and chemicals based on biological feedstocks is critical to a sustainable future and BASF is proud to provide the catalysts to support this industry. BASF has established itself as a front-runner in this field by becoming the global market leader for sodium methylate, the homogeneous catalyst used for biodiesel production. BASF catalyst technologies play a crucial role in the manufacture of a wide range of fine and specialty chemical products including flavor and fragrances, herbicides and pesticides, resins, pigments and dyestuffs, pharmaceuticals, and plastic and rubber additives. BASF offers a broad variety of competencies, technologies and products to the fuel cell industry. With our long term experience in the fuel processing area we deliver adsorbents and catalysts needed to generate hydrogen for fuel cell applications with high efficiency. Chemistry plays an important role in the transformation of vegetable oils to products for our daily life. Catalysts are an indispensable tool to make this transformation possible. BASF offers more than 125 years of experience with oxidation catalysts. Each percent of catalyst selectivity advantage creates additional value and reduces COx emission. Solutions for power plants, process industries and more. BASF Catalysts has long been a leader in the development of highly active, robust and selective catalysts and related technologies for the destruction of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Thermocouples, pyrometers - insights for higher yields. Our contact temperature probes include profile and spike thermocouples, industrial thermocouples, fiberglass thermocouples, furnace thermocouples, and high-temperature thermocouple wire and cable. We also produce epitaxial thermocouples. Glass Industry Thermocouples have been a specialty of BASF for over 100 years. We have grown with the industry and, as glass technology requirements have expanded and changed over the years. Offering excellent accuracy, resolution, repeatability, and stability, EXACTUS® optical pyrometer technology provides significant performance advantages in non-contact temperature measurement in a practical, rugged and user-friendly design.

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Fine Chemical Catalysts

BASF catalyst technologies play a crucial role in the manufacture of a wide range of fine and specialty chemical products including flavor and fragrances, herbicides and pesticides, resins, pigments and dyestuffs, pharmaceuticals, and plastic and rubber additives. BASF is an industry leader in providing cutting-edge catalytic technologies to the pharmaceutical and fine chemical markets where speed to market, cost-effectiveness and product uniqueness are imperative.

BASF is sponsoring the Paul Rylander Award handed out by the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society (ORCS). The award was established in 1988 with Paul Rylander as the first awardee. Paul Rylander was a former BASF (then Engelhard) employee and one of the founders of the use of precious metal powder catalysts in Fine Chemical Reactions. The ORCS is focused on facilitating knowledge exchange in catalysis for organic reactions. For more, see: https://orcs.org/sponsors/

Examples of base and precious metal catalysts, but not limited, are:

  • Heterogeneous precious- and base-metals catalysts
  • Blocking group removal catalysts
  • Metals scavenging agents
  • Refining and full loop service
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Blocking Group Removal Catalysts

Blocking Group Removal Catalysts

BASF offers a series of precious metal-based catalysts called Blocking Group Removal (BGR) catalysts. BGR catalysts have been shown to out-perform classical catalysts in the selective removal of common blocking groups used in organic synthesis and removal of protecting groups used in peptides synthesis (FMOC, t-BOC).

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Heterogeneous Precious and Base Metal Catalysts

Heterogeneous Precious and Base Metal Catalysts

BASF offers a variety of precious metals (Pd, Pt, Rh, Ru, Ir, Au and Ag) dispersed on a wide range of supports such as carbon, alumina, silica or titania. These are available as powders, extrudes, tablets or spheres. Base metals (mainly Ni and Cu), supported and passivated, as easy-to-handle powder catalysts, and skeletal metal materials round out the portfolio.

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Metals Scavenging Agents

Metals Scavenging Agents

BASF offers an innovative and uniquely effective range of metal scavenging agents (MSA). The inorganic supports used in our scavengers are based on carbon, silica or alumina, and have been carefully selected to meet pharmaceutical quality standards. In contrast to other scavenging technologies, MSA’s are very effective even when the nature of the metal species that needs to be removed is not well-defined (ionic, non-ionic, mixtures of both, etc.).

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Refining & Full Loop Service

Refining & Full Loop Service

BASF is the custodian of all precious metals contained in customer refining receipts and as such assumes the responsibility to maintain and operate.

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