Performance Products & Specialties

Performance Products & Specialties

Phosphorus-based chemistry

Italmatch Chemicals manufactures a wide range of reactive chemical intermediates, mainly stemming from the wide experience and thorough knowledge of phosphorus-based chemistry, both as a reactive chemicals or an intermediate products used in our phosphorus technology (Phosphorus Chlorides, Phosphorus Pentasulphide, Acid Chlorides).

  • PCl3 – Phosphorus Trichloride – is an important industrial chemical, used to manufacture organophosphorus compounds for a wide variety of applications, including herbicides, insecticides, plasticizers, oil additives, and flame retardants. Also used directly as a reagent in organic synthesis to convert carboxylic acids into acyl chlorides.

    POCl3 – Phosphorus Oxychloride is an important industrial chemical, used to manufacture organophosphorus compounds for a wide variety of applications, including herbicides, insecticides, plasticizers, oil additives and flame retardants. Also used directly as a reagent in organic synthesis. It is additionally used in chlorination reactions in the pharmaceutical industry.

    PCl5 – Phosphorus Pentachloride, used as a chlorinating reagent in the manufacturing of antibiotics and also for the production of lithium ion battery electrolytes.

  • By far its main use is in the production of lubricant additives: phosphorus pentasulphide is the key raw material in the production of the very important class of lubricant additives, zinc-dithio-phosphates (ZDDP).
    Mining flotation agents: sodium, potassium, calcium or ammonium salts of dialkyldithiophosphoric acids are widely used as flotation promoters and collectors in mineral recovery processes.

    Insecticides and Fungicides: A complete family of products synthesized from phosphorus pentasulphide is used as agricultural pest control agents. This family includes relatively non-toxic products, such as Malathion, and others, for example Parathion, that are non-persistent, albeit high toxic.

  • The Arese manufacturing unit is one of the world’s largest producers of acid chlorides using Phosphorus trichloride technology. A wide product range of distilled acid chlorides of both natural and synthetic origin is regularly available for use in industrial applications, personal care and in pharmaceuticals.

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