Liquids to enhance processing efficiency
Ionic liquids are a unique type of product
with unparalleled characteristic properties that cannot be
achieved with any other material. The entire bandwidth of
industrial applications for which ionic liquids from BASF can be
used is now summarized in the brochure titled “Ionic Liquids –
Solutions for Your Success”. On 20 pages, the English-only
publication describes briefly and vividly potential industrial
uses for ionic liquids. Customer-specific services and an
overview of the possibilities to licence BASF’s ionic liquid
processes round off the brochure.
The publication can be ordered or
downloaded via Internet at www.basionics.com.
Broad range of industrial uses
Ionic liquids offer advantages in many
industrial applications. Used as a novel type of reaction
medium, they provide the chemical industry even today with more
efficient processes giving higher yields. For example, acids can
be removed fast and simply from reaction solutions by means of a
process developed and used by BASF: the company markets this
process under the BasilTM brand.
Ionic liquids are also creating new options
for the field of plant and equipment manufacturing. The reason
is that they are the first materials ever to combine the
properties of solids and liquids. They can be used to develop,
for example, high-performance hydraulic liquids and lubricants
that are non-flammable. The use of these innovative products
requires less energy input than conventional materials.
Through ionic liquids, BASF also opens up
new potential cellulose applications for its customers. The lack
of suitable solvents for this important renewable resource has
so far set narrow limits for its use as a material. Now,
however, the ionic liquids from BASF allow cellulose to be spun
into textile fibers in an environmentally much more acceptable
manner. The use of ionic liquids is also opening the road to new
options for processing cellulose into polymer materials.
High quality even on industrial scale
BASF sells its broad range of ionic liquids
under the BasionicsTM brand. Around the world, the company
offers lab-scale as well as industrial-scale quantities,
guaranteeing high levels of flexibility and reliability of
delivery. BASF has a broad base of expertise to customize its
ionic liquids to meet specific requirements. BASF supports
customers in all steps, from the selection of the suitable ionic
liquid right down to its commercial use. The company will also
develop new ionic liquids on request.
Ionic liquids are salts similar to common
salt as we use it every day. Their chemical structure makes them
different, however: they are liquid even at low temperatures.
Since their functions show the Ionic liquids are non-flammable;
they feature thermal and mechanical stability as well as
electric conductivity. This interesting combination of
properties opens the road to a wide range of new applications.
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