Specialty Chemicals

Specialty chemicals can be material additives that enhance performance, ingredients in a formulation or mixture or intermediates, which are compounds used to make other chemicals.

Materials Additives

- Enhances performance of materials

  • to make nylon strong enough for seatbelts
  • to make plastic soft and pliable

Ingredients

- Components in a formulation or mixture

  • active ingredient in a medicine
  • to allow soap to dissolve grease in water

Intermediates

- Compounds used to make other chemicals; Often used in multi-step synthesis

  • The result of each step is considered an intermediate, until the last step
  • The last step yields the desired compound

- Generally, the public does not come into contact with intermediates

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