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.

Base and precious metal catalysts are used but not limited to the following applications:

  • Heterogeneous precious- and base-metals catalysts
  • High purity homogeneous 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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High Purity Homogeneous Catalysts

High Purity Homogeneous Catalysts

BASF offers a full line of standard and high purity metal salt precursors which can be used to produce homogeneous catalysts. This technology was specifically designed for use in fine chemical applications that require consistent batch-to-batch reproducibility.

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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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