BASF broadens its Monomers Portfolio

BASF broadens its monomers portfolio and launches bio-based 2-Octyl Acrylate.

BASF's Verbund site with its main plant in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. Ludwigshafen am Rhein. Image source: BASF.

BASF is expanding its growing portfolio of 14C bio-based monomers with a proprietary process for production of 2-Octyl Acrylate (2-OA). As the company points out, the new product underlines BASF’s strong commitment to innovation for a sustainable future with 73% 14C-tracable bio-based content according to ISO 16620. Besides the regular 14C bio-based 2-Octyl Acrylate, BASF also launched the new product as 2-Octyl Acrylate BMB ISCC Plus. According to a press statement, BASF has a pioneering role when it comes to producing 2-Octyl Acrylate in large volumes with an industrial-scale production setup at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Bio-based feedstock

BASF’s 2-Octyl Acrylate uses 2-Octanol as the respective bio-based feedstock. This bio-alcohol is based on castor oil, a sustainable non-edible feedstock which is reliably available throughout the year. With its balanced solvency, 2-Octyl Acrylate can according to BASF easily be used as bio-based alternative to fossil-based monomers such as 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate (2-EHA) and n-Butyl Acrylate (BA) e.g. in adhesives formulations, or coatings applications.

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