Umicore opens novel organometallics plant | July 3, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 27 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 27 | p. 12 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 3, 2017

Umicore opens novel organometallics plant

Department: Business
Keywords: electronic materials, trimethylgallium, triethylgallium, LEDs
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Umicore says it is the only European producer of trialkylgallium.
Credit: Umicore
A photo of Umicore’s new organometallics plant.
 
Umicore says it is the only European producer of trialkylgallium.
Credit: Umicore

Umicore has opened a facility in Hanau, Germany, that produces trimethylgallium and triethylgallium, organometallic precursors used to make semiconductors and light-emitting diodes. Umicore says the plant debuts a solvent-free manufacturing process in which gallium chloride reacts with an efficient methylating agent in molten salt. Waste per kilogram of trimethylgallium is reduced by more than 50%, the firm claims.

 
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