Volume 86 Issue 34 | pp. 20-21
Issue Date: August 25, 2008

Catalyzing Biodiesel

Chemical firms see a strong business selling sodium methylate to the biodiesel industry
Department: Business | Collection: Sustainability

SEVERAL CHEMICAL MAKERS have found an indirect way to cash in on the biodiesel boom: supplying biodiesel makers with catalysts. BASF, Evonik Industries, and DuPont are enjoying a bustling market for sodium methoxide, also known as sodium methylate, and these firms have been ramping up their investments in the chemical to keep pace with growth.

The chemistry of making biodiesel is so simple that many hobbyists do it at home. Conducted in . . .

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