Germany: Sustainable Innovations BASF Unveils a Range of New and Efficient Catalysts

Editor: Ahlam Rais

BASF has introduced new catalysts for producing isopropyl alcohol efficiently. Apart from this, it has also launched a new catalyst for n-butane based maleic anhydride production which increases the efficiency in the biodegradable PBAT value chain, and lastly sustainable lightweight Selective Hydrogenation Catalysts have been developed for steam crackers and refineries.

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New, highly efficient and sustainable innovations in BASF'S Chemical Catalysts portfolio.
New, highly efficient and sustainable innovations in BASF'S Chemical Catalysts portfolio.
(Source: BASF)

Ludwigshafen/Germany – BASF introduces a range of new catalysts which will be presented during the upcoming European Petrochemical Associations Conference (EPCA) in a series of webinars. The new offer includes catalysts to produce isopropyl alcohol (IPA) more efficiently, a crucial ingredient in hand sanitizers, a much-needed consumer product during the Covid-19 pandemic.

BASF’s high performance oxo alcohol catalyst Ni 3354 E combines high activity with exceptionally high selectivity. The catalyst has been tested and qualified to produce IPA through hydrogenation of acetone. Ni 3354 E allows IPA producers to operate at high throughput rates and temperatures without a drop in selectivity thus increasing productivity.

BASF also qualified chromium-free copper extrudate catalysts as Cu 0560 E to further broaden its hydrogenation catalyst offering, enabling IPA producers to select the most suitable product solution for process requirements.

BASF will launch the next generation of its selective hydrogenation catalysts by the end of 2021.

New catalyst O4-204 increasing efficiency in biodegradable PBAT value chain

Additionally, BASF introduced O4-204, a new catalyst for n-butane based maleic anhydride production. Compared to previous product generations, O4-204 offers highest selectivity towards maleic anhydride while allowing a longer catalyst on-stream time, which makes the process more cost-effective. The product benefits have already been demonstrated in commercial use. The market for maleic anhydride is strongly growing in China driven by an increasing demand for polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), which is used predominantly as biodegradable packaging material.

BASF starts new production line for lightweight selective hydrogenation catalysts

BASF will launch the next generation of its selective hydrogenation catalysts by the end of 2021. Through an innovative lightweight alumina support, the amount of catalyst required for processing unsaturated C3-, C4- and PYGAS streams can be reduced by up to 40 % giving steam crackers and refineries the chance to enhance their efficiency and counterbalance increasing palladium market prices during their next refill. As intensive pilot scale tests confirm, precious metal expenses can be improved by 25 % in many hydrogenation units. These new E 15x light catalysts complete BASF’s selective hydrogenation portfolio with the well-established E 15x series and the recently launched sulfur resistant E 15x S, being installed in two world-scale units in the upcoming months.

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