Acetylene – The gas with a cutting edge


Once referred to as ‘the mother of organic synthesis industry’, acetylene is a key base material in organic synthesis. Between 1960 and 1970, when worldwide acetylene production peaked, it served as the primary feedstock for a wide variety of commodity and specialty chemicals.

Advances in olefins technology, concerns about acetylene safety, and a fundamental loss of cost competitiveness began to limit the importance of acetylene, but with oil prices showing a high degree of volatility and significant rises in recent years this has once again brought acetylene into the limelight.

Acetylene is a versatile tool in today’s speciality and fine chemical industries, due to its high and well controllable reactivity.

Based on the characteristic features of acetylene’s C-C-triplebond, vinylations as well as ethynylations can in many cases be achieved effectively with only minor synthetic effort.

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