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BASF to produce absorbents from carbon dioxide

November 26/2010

(BASF) -- The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has pledged ?2.2 million in funds for a project by the BASF-supported Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) and hte AG, a company in which BASF has a majority interest. The goal of the project, which takes place with the cooperation of research scientists at Technischen Universitaet Muenchen and the University of Stuttgart, is to make economical and ecological use of carbon dioxide (CO2) on an industrial scale Ц through the production of sodium acrylate based on CO2 and ethene.

Sodium acrylate is a key basic ingredient for high-performance polymers like the superabsorbent polymers used in diapers. BASF and hte have earmarked another ?1.7 million for the project in the coming few years to top up the BMBF funding.


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