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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. 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 high temperature thermocouples, platinum thermocouples, noble metal thermocouples, thermocouples for the glass industry, profile and spike thermocouples for diffusion furnaces, high temperature industrial thermocouples, furnace thermocouples, and high temperature thermocouple wire and cable. A specialty of BASF for many years is the glass thermocouple. 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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Petrochemical Catalysts

BASF offers a wide range of proprietary base metal and precious metal catalysts, as well as base metal oxides for a broad spectrum of chemical and petrochemical processes. Our fixed bed and slurry catalysts are used for hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, amination, oxidation, halogenation, dehydration and hydration reactions. Our catalysts provide superior activity, selectivity and lifetime. BASF is the preferred supplier for leading chemical and petrochemical companies.

We also license hydrocarbon hydrogenation processes developed and operated by BASF as SELOP® processes. Based on our operational excellence and experience, we are the preferred licensor for C3, C4 and Pygas, as well as other processes. Our global catalyst research and manufacturing facilities are strategically located to provide world-wide support.

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