BASF Cooperates With Oleon In The Production Of Propylene Glycol

Recently, the Oil Products Company Oleon launched bio-based propylene glycol manufacturing factories in Belgium Ertvelde, a total of 120 people participated the activity, including employees of local government officials, the leadership of BASF and Oleon Ertvelde. As the world’s leading factory, the process of production applys a high degree of sustainable technologies.

Traditionally, propylene glycol is derived by the hydrolysis of epoxy propane,  while the new factory produces the chemical by the decomposition of glycerol in the by-product of oil of oil. In addition, using glycerol to produce propylene glycol significantly reduces the production steps, thereby increases the efficiency of the production of bio-based propylene glycol.

BASF is not only studies this glyceryl production with the Oleon company, but also provides a vital catalyst for the production process.

Michael Baier, the BASF catalyst vice president, said: “It’s very honored to cooperate with Oleon, and introduce this new production technology to the chemical market. Regarding glycerol as the starting materials will ensure the sustainability of bio-based propylene glycol production.”

Chris Depreeuw, the regional director of marketing of Oleon Ertvelde, then added: “Oleon already started using green chemistry technologies that was known by most people. The perfect cooperation with BASF allow our company to achieve ecological technology of production of propylene glycol.


Function Of PG

Propylene glycol(PG, also known as 1,2-Propanediol), the main ingredient in anti-freeze, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when used according to FDA regulations. The chemical compound is most commonly used as a food additive. However, large doses can cause seizures in humans and kidney and liver damage in animals.

In Industrial Use
Propylene glycol has a myriad of functions in industrial applications. The textile industry uses it as an intermediary in the production of polyester fiber. The military uses it to form smoke screens for troops. Military and commercial airlines use it as a de-icer for planes, however, ethylene glycol is also used because of its lower cost. PG can be found in liquid detergents, as well as a number of other uses.

As Food Additive
In foods, PG absorbs water and maintains moisture. It dissolves food dyes and flavorings in drinks, and it keeps foods from freezing, such as in breweries and dairies. In food, it would be difficult to consume a dangerous dose, but babies, infants, the elderly and those with certain allergies may be more sensitive to the chemical.

In Medical Uses
In medicines, PG acts as an emulsifier, specifically in topical agents and injectable medicines. It also acts as an excipient, or solvent, for the active ingredients in medications. Newborns have shown adverse reactions to medicines using this chemical.

In Cosmetics
Propylene glycol is often present in cosmetics, hand and body lotions and antiperspirants due to its antimicrobial activity, note Rietschel, Fowler and Fisher. It’s effective against the bacteria E. coli and the fungus candida, or yeast. Tinea versicolor and seborrheic dermatitis also respond to this compound, but only in high concentrations. In beauty products it can help prevent bacterial proliferation for safe application onto the skin. The book also notes that 1,2-Propanediol(CAS No. 57-55-6) is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores, which can cause acne or other blemishes.

The chemical is fairly safe but can irritate your stomach, skin and eyes and catch fire under the right conditions. The information presented here reflects the dangers faced by people who use propylene glycol in industrial quantities and settings. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that the very small amounts of the chemical appearing in foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals pose no known health risks to people or animals other than cats.