What is Formylation?

Formylation reactions occur when a formyl group (-CH=O) is added to a compound, primarily during the synthesis of aldehydes, formamides, and formate esters. They are commonly used as an intermediate step in chemical manufacturing as the formyl group can be replaced relatively easily by a different functionality. This renders formylation an extremely useful manufacturing process [...]

What are Azo Compounds?

Azo compounds are a diverse set of both natural and synthetic molecules containing at least one double-bonded nitrogen group (the “azo” group). Though there is an extremely wide range of azo compounds, the most common are pigments and dyes. Bismarck Brown was the first commercial azo dye, which was produced from 1863. This sparked significant [...]

Examining the Second Tier of Agrochemicals

In recent years, a flurry of merger and acquisition activity re-established and strengthened the first tier of agrochemical companies with pack leaders emerging, including: Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, and Corteva. Business models have shifted from vertically-integrated product companies in favor of innovators and marketers of agrochemicals and seed technologies. Asset ownership and product manufacturing is now [...]

Importance of Fine Chemicals Sales Channel Partners

Fine chemical synthesis encompasses a broad variety of active ingredients and advanced intermediates used in downstream chemical manufacturing or formulation into end-products. Examples include glufosinate, an active ingredient in agrochemical herbicides for crop protection; and oxydiphthalic anhydride, a co-monomer for polyimides used in consumer electronics and aerospace. While large, multinational producers focus on commodity chemicals, [...]

Global Realignment of Top Agrochemicals Players

In recent years, the agrochemical landscape has evolved into a series of mergers and acquisitions as part of an overarching industry realignment. This agrochemical market shift has resulted in a significant reshuffling of assets and products, as the traditional “Big Six” agrochemical manufacturers consolidate to address earnings, costs, and innovation requirements. Changes to the established [...]

What are Active Ingredients?

Active ingredients (AI) are the components of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals that express therapeutic, medicinal, or biochemical effects on living matter. Agrochemicals in particular encompass pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. They are formulated with inert or excipient chemicals, which either modulate an AI’s adverse effects or act as a delivery vehicle. Understanding the biological activity of an [...]

Precision Agrochemicals: A New Generation of Smart Farms

Agricultural professionals and environmentalists have warned that rates of global population growth far exceed projections for available food supplies. Although census bureaus have noted a gradual deceleration in population growth, it is not enough to allay concerns about future food scarcity. The current world population is approximately 7.8 billion people. Agriculturalists and food scientists are [...]

What is a High-Purity Solvent?

High-purity solvents are synthetically-distilled organic chemicals with broad industrial applications. They are crucial for the synthesis of complex Grignard reactions in laboratory conditions and are fundamentally important for improving agrochemical and pharmaceutical manufacture. Yet high-purity solvents are also integral to the production of various commercial products, including perfume. Jayhawk offers one such high-purity solvent, NBE [...]

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