Basic Chemicals

Basic chemicals, produced in large quantities, are mainly sold within the chemical industry and to other industries before becoming products for the general consumer. In this group of units, each chemical is described in the same way, in three main sections which guides you instantly to relevant information:

basic chemicals

  • Uses
  • Annual production quantities
  • Manufacture

There are units on major organic and inorganic compounds.

The organic compounds are either building blocks such as ethene, propene, butadiene and benzene and how they are used to make plastics and pharmaceuticals, or compounds made from these building blocks, such as ethane-1,2-diol, ethanoic acid and methanal, useful in their own right or are used to make other useful compounds.

The inorganic chemicals included in this web site are compounds such as calcium carbonate, chlorine, hydrogen chloride, nitric acid, sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate and sulphuric acid, which are used to make other compounds, including plastics, fertilizers, soaps and surfactants, and building materials.