International. BASF is expanding its growing portfolio of 14C biobased monomers with a patented process for the production of 2-octyl acrylate (2-OA).
The new product underlines BASF's strong commitment to innovation for a sustainable future with 73% bio-based content traceable to 14C according to ISO 16620.
In addition to bio-based 2-octyl acrylate with 14C, BASF also launched the new product as 2-Octyl Acrylate BMB ISCC Plus. Here, the remaining carbon content is ISCC PLUS certified and, by applying BASF's biomass balance approach (BMB1), this variant offers an even smaller product carbon footprint (PCF2).
With an industrial-scale production facility at its Verbund plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, BASF plays a pioneering role when it comes to producing 2-octyl acrylate in large volumes.
This allows BASF to make the bio-based monomer available globally as a raw material.
"We have expanded our product portfolio to help customers on their sustainability journey. With 2-OA, we are proud to have launched a novel acrylic monomer that helps customers achieve their sustainability goals," says Dr. Reiner Geier, Senior Vice President Industrial Petrochemicals in Europe.
BASF's 2-octyl acrylate uses 2-octanol as the respective bio-based raw material. This bioalcohol is based on castor oil, a sustainable non-edible raw material that is reliably available all year round.
With its balanced solvency, 2-octyl acrylate can be easily used as a bio-based alternative to fossil-based monomers such as 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2-EHA) and n-butyl acrylate (BA), e.g. in adhesive formulations or coating applications.
The new product also offers performance benefits compared to fossil alternatives, showing improved rubbing resistance in coatings, shear resistance in adhesives and excellent weather resistance.
Therefore, 2-octyl acrylate is one of the few 14C bio-based monomers that can be used in both standard and high-performance applications.
The high purity of BASF's 2-octyl acrylate provides reliable high quality, low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and allows customers to use the monomer in a wide range of applications.
BASF's 2-octyl acrylate is already registered in the EU, USA, Japan and many other countries. More registrations are underway.