Shepherd Chemical is a metal and specialty chemical company with specific expertise in olefin oligomerization catalysts, most commonly nickel carboxylates. We offer standard 8% and 10% nickel octoates and partner with our customers to customize catalysts by varying metal concentrations and/or diluents, to achieve their desired performance. As the processes and demands for sustainable aviation fuels scale and evolve, Shepherd is positioned with manufacturing capacity, the willingness to invest for long-term opportunities and we have the R&D expertise to collaborate on innovation of next generation technology.
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Nickel Octoate (Ni Oct, nickel(II) 2-ethylhexanoate)
Nickel 2-ethylhexanoate, or nickel octoate, is a well-known metal carboxylate. It is the salt of divalent nickel and 2-ethylhexanoic acid. The Shepherd Chemical Company manufactures nickel octoate (Ni Oct) as a solution in organic solvent. The concentration of the active metal is typically up to 10% (as nickel metal), with our standard products being 8% and 10%. We can develop customized solutions to meet your specific needs. Our nickel octoate (Ni Oct) solutions are low-viscosity materials that have excellent flowability and are easily transferrable from drum, tote or tank-truck.
Nickel has been referred to as the “Spirited Horse” of catalysis due to its interesting behavior and wide-ranging applicability in organic synthesis. Many well-known reactions are catalyzed by homogeneous nickel compounds – for example, cross-coupling reactions such as the Suzuki-Miyaura and Negishi reactions use organometallic nickel compounds as catalysts.
The Shepherd Chemical Company’s nickel octoate (Ni Oct) solutions are used as catalyst and pre-catalysts for a variety of industrial applications. Nickel octoate (Ni Oct) is the pre-cursor for a highly active Ziegler-Natta catalyst used in the manufacture of high cis-polybutadiene, which is a major component of many radial tire formulations, as well as golf ball cores. Our nickel octoate (Ni Oct) is also used as the catalyst for the selective oligomerization (e.g. dimerization) of alkenes, such as propylene and butylene.
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