Copper Catalysts for Oleochemical Processing

Copper-containing catalysts are useful for a variety of chemical reactions in the processing of oleochemical feedstocks. Major oleochemical applications for BASF’s Cu-catalysts include hydrogenolysis of fatty esters to fatty alcohols including both methyl ester and wax ester processes, alkylation of alcohols with amines and amination of fatty alcohols. Copper catalysts have unique performance for selective hydrogenation of edible oils and can be used in the conversion of biorenewable feedstocks into industrial chemicals. The BASF product line offers a variety of copper catalysts including copper supported on silica and alumina as well as copper chromite types.

  • High activity catalysts for slurry processes having optimized surface area and pore structures
  • Control of particle size during the manufacturing process allows for facile removal using conventional techniques and equipment like filters or centrifuges
  • Proper choice of catalyst from BASF’s experts will help provide resistance to feedstock impurities including acidity

Alternative fuel catalysts

BASF alternative fuel vehicle catalysts provide the flexibility needed when using different kinds of fuels to remove harmful emissions.


BASF LNT (Lean NOx Trap) technology removes NOx from diesel engine exhaust.


BASF SCR catalysts remove NOx (nitrogen oxides) from diesel engine exhaust.

Bleaching Earth

Catalyst for Oleochemical and Biorenewables

Camet® CO catalysts

BASF Camet® CO oxidation catalysts remove carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by power generation eq uipment.

CatCO™ oxidation catalysts

BASF's CatCO™ oxidation catalyst provides abatement of carbon monoxide (CO) from many applications.


CHARCat™ catalysts are available for many types of restaurant charbroilers.

Copper Chromite Catalyst

Catalyst for Oleochemical and Biorenewables

CSF catalyzed soot filters

BASF Catalyzed Soot Filters (CSF) are designed to reduce emissions of particulates from diesel engines.

Deoxo® Ozone/VOC catalysts

BASF Deoxo® Ozone/VOC catalysts can remove ozone and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from aircraft cabin air.

Diesel engine catalysts

BASF diesel engine catalysts can remove particulates and other pollutants from diesel engine exhaust.


BASF Duracat™ small-engine catalysts can significantly reduce harmful hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions from small, two- and four-stroke gasoline engines.


Escat reference catalyst series encompasses numerous combinations of precious metal catalysts and supports -- making it an indispensable laboratory aid in the development of any synthesis process.

Exactus® optical thermometers

Exactus® thermometers are designed to offer superior repeatability for non-contact temperature measurements.

Hydrogenation Catalyst

Catalyst for Oleochemical and Biorenewables

Motorcycle catalysts

BASF motorcycle catalysts can control emissions from two- and four-stroke motorcycle engines.


The NOxCat ETZ catalyst is one of a family of products for use in selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, which cut emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from power-generating and industrial facilities.


BASF Catalysts NOxCat™ VNX™ and ZNX™ catalysts are designed for use in selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, which reduce emissions of NOx from power generation and industrial facilities.


OxyStar® offers the best Oxychlorination Catalyst for the production of Ethylene Dichloride using fixed-bed technology. BASF OxyStar® is the leading performer in all fixed-bed processes.



AIS hydrocarbon trap

The hydrocarbon trap is placed between a car’s air cleaner and engine where it can capture hydrocarbons that are escaping through the air intake.

Diesel oxidation catalysts

BASF Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC) can reduce total particulate matter, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide from diesel engine exhaust.


NaphthaMax is based on our award-winning and commercially proven Distributed Matrix Structures (DMS) technology platform and is designed to provide enhanced diffusion of feed molecules to pre-cracking sites that are located on the external, exposed surface of highly dispersed zeolite crystals. The feed pre-cracks on the zeolite itself, rather than on an active amorphous matrix material. This provides better selectivities and minimizes the secondary diffusion reactions to less valuable products.

PremAir® automotive catalysts

BASF's PremAir® catalyst is the first commercial product that destroys harmful, ground-level ozone already in the air.



  • Micro-cellular elastomer, urethane based (2)
  • Polyurethane foam, hard (11)
  • Polyurethane foam, soft (8)
  • Thermoplastic elastomer, urethane based (2)


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  • Olefinpolymer (1)
  • Polymer of (meth)acrylamid- und -imid (5)
  • Polyurethane (19)
  • Polyvinylamine (3)
  • Resin (1)
  • Vinylamide polymer (1)

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  • Inorganic boron compound (33)
  • Iron compound (inorganic) (1)
  • Potassium compound (12)
  • Sodium compound (10)
  • Zinc compound (2)


The petrochemicals industry is complex and includes a large array of intermediate products that have a wide variety of uses. Axens is mainly present in olefins and pyrolysis gasoline purification issued from steam crackers and in aromatics production and separation.

  • Steam crackers can accept a large variety of feedstocks.  The most common of these are ethane extracted from natural gas installations and cracked naphtha, a refinery product.  For all feedstocks, the objective is to produce olefins, principally ethylene, around which the plant is designed, and propylene.
    The end-uses of olefins are mainly for plastics obtained from polymerization (polyethylene, polypropylene, etc.).  The markets for these, e. g., packaging, and automobile parts, are growing continually at 4% per year and sometimes more depending on the final product. Butadiene is used in making synthetic rubber.
  • Aromatics complexes where catalytic reforming produces a series of basic intermediate chemicals, aromatics.  The output is composed of BTX, a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylenes; the “X” component can be further categorized as three isomers: paraxylene (PX), orthoxylene and metaxylene.
    Of these products, PX is the product in greatest demand.  PX is the first link in a manufacturing chain leading to polyethylene terephthalate (PET), whose global market growth is a strong 6% per year, owing particularly to considerable demand for plastic bottles and clothes containing synthetic polyester fibers.
    Benzene is used in a variety of well-known products including polystyrene, nylon and polycarbonate (PC) resins, the latter product is used in automobile glass, DVDs and optical lenses.


Aromatics Complex

Benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) are mainly produced by the catalytic reforming of naphtha using continuous catalyst regeneration technology (Aromizing). Another source of aromatics is the pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas) produced by steam cracking of naphtha. Paraxylene (PX), one of most important xylene molecules, is used as a building block in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and is used in plastic bottles and a vast array of synthetic fibers.

Axens is a leader in PX production and purification technologies with the ParamaX suite of aromatics technologies. TheEluxyl process for PX separation is at the heart of the ParamaX suite and is known for its excellence in operation, its high-capacity and high-stability molecular sieve adsorbent. Other aromatics process technologies in the ParamaX suite that include: xylenes isomerization, transalkylation and extractive distillation; offer improved yield performance with lowerinvestment and operating costs.

Axens is also the world leader in high-purity cyclohexane production through benzene hydrogenation with its HC series catalysts.

Olefins/Pygas Processing & Purification

Steam crackers lie at the heart of the world’s olefins production. Ultra high-purity olefin building blocks are needed to respond to the quality requirements for polymerization reactions. Axens has the world’s largest portfolio of olefin processing technologies and catalysts, which is backed by a cumulative onstream operating experience that exceeds 30 million hours.

Axens’ LD series catalysts are the clear market choice for all liquid phase hydrogenation reactions, including the purification of C3, C4, C5 and pygas cuts. Olefin transformation technologies using homogeneous catalysts are Axens’ best sellers. Among them: the AlphaButol process, for the production of high purity 1-butene from ethylene; the AlphaHexol process, for the production of high purity 1-hexene from ethylene; and the Dimersol-X process, for the production of octenes from butenes.’



Polymerization reactions require feedstocks of high purity; Axens provides adsorbents to achieve the high specifications necessary for olefin monomers (e.g. ethylene) and olefin co-monomers (e.g. 1-butene or 1-hexene).

For 1-butene and 1-hexene produced via Axens AlphaButol process or AlphaHexol process no additional adsorbents are required.

Axens proposes adsorbents tailored to Polyethylene purification for the removal of any residual impurities.


In the natural gas sector Axens offers a wide range of technologies and products (adsorbents, non-regenerable absorbents and catalysts) covering all the natural gas purification and transformation steps.  Axens markets a high-performing gas-liquefying technology as well as an innovative process for “GTL liquids” production via the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

Axens can also provide a complete range of technologies and products (adsorbents, trapping materials and catalysts) for the purification of a large number of gaseous fluids such as syngas (CO + H2), industrial gases or air

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