Air Products maintains ongoing programs to conduct advanced research into the nature of the chemical reactions underlying its major technology platforms. Many of these programs are applications-oriented. We seek to enhance understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of reactions currently being utilized, as well as to discover novel chemistry that is compatible with existing products and business areas. These applied research programs provide the results needed to improve existing technology platforms and suggest potential new technologies to complement present ones. Other programs are directed towards a basic understanding of a wide variety of reaction chemistry in fields related to existing business areas. These fuel exploration and innovation, leading both to new products and improved routes to existing products.
Organic synthesis chemistries being investigated include amination, nitration and other functionalizations related to both intermediates and finished specialty chemicals. Also of special interest is organometallic synthesis, leading to specialty products serving, for example, the high-tech electronics industry.
Air Products has developed a broad and deep understanding of fluorine chemistry, both for the production of fluorine and its inorganic derivatives (such as nitrogen trifluoride) and for the directed fluorination of complex organic compounds.
Research on urethane chemistry supports an important Air Products business area. As a supplier of bulk intermediates, Air Products must maintain a fundamental understanding of isocyanate reactions to constantly upgrade its manufacturing methods. Research into urethane additives and polyols leads to improved product offerings to support the polyurethane processing and manufacturing industries.
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