BASF wins IChemE Award 2007
27 Ottobre 2007
Yesterday, October 25th 2007, BASF received the “?AstraZeneca Award for Excellence in Green Chemistry and Engineering”, one of eight “IChemE Awards 2007”, for its novel process for producing
This new process developed by BASF researchers consists of three steps and requires just one catalyst, while conventional production processes have five steps and use three catalysts. It also
stands out for yielding more final product while it produces clearly less waste and practically no waste water at all. Moreover, the new BASF process employs laughing gas (nitrous oxide), a
waste product from the company’s Verbund, as an oxidizing agent for the first time. BASF filed a patent application for its proprietary process in the fall of 2004.
The reasons the IChemE jury gives for the award state: “The new process for the synthesis of cyclododecanone using nitrous oxide is a major breakthrough in industrial oxidation processes. This
new process not only allows a much shorter and more efficient route for the production of polyamide 12, but also uses a byproduct and green-house gas as a valuable reagent. It clearly shows
that sustainable chemistry and economic value can indeed go hand-in-hand.”
CDon is the key raw material for making laurolactam, an intermediate used to produce the high-performance plastic polyamide 12 (PA 12) as well as special valuable fragrances. BASF is building a
production plant for CDon at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which is due to come on stream in 2009. To man the plant, BASF will create some 40 new jobs. BASF has signed a long-term
supply contract for most of the output of the new facility with EMS-CHEMIE, a company of Domat-Ems in Switzerland.
IChemE Award – The prestigious awards, established in 1994, are granted annually by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the leading professional body for chemical and process
engineers with 27,000 members in over 100 countries. With its “IChemE Awards”, the institution aims to “recognize innovation and excellence.” It intends to celebrate outstanding contributions
to safety and environment, sustainable development and other aspects of the process industries. The major criteria on which the awards are granted are originality, technical innovation,
business success, impact on environment and safety, and options for wider application.