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Aarti Industries Limited (AIL) has evolved from being a vendor to becoming a partner of choice. Our four state-of-the-art R&D centres located at Dombivali and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, and Vapi in Gujarat, continuously work towards

  • New Product Development
  • Process Optimization and Scale-up
  • Life Cycle Technology Management

A latest addition to our research capabilities is a large state-of-the-art digitised research and technology centre at Navi Mumbai.

Our strategic focus is to become a reference in speciality chemicals and pharmaceuticals globally. In the long-run, we aim to further embrace open innovation and create a purposeful and sustainable organisation.

Backed by our expertise, technical know-how, experience and resources, we are ready to embrace growth opportunities and play a pivotal role in cementing our presence in the global chemical industry.

Expertise In Specific Chemistry

AIL has developed expertise in various chemistries and to name a few:

Plant Scale:
  • Ammonolysis
  • Condensation
  • Chlorination
  • Denitrochlorination
  • Diazotization
  • Ethylation
  • Halex (Fluorination)
  • Hydrogenation
  • Nitration
  • Sulphonation
Lab Scale:
  • Alkylation
  • Acetylation
  • Amino Acid Esterification
  • Aldol Condensation
  • Asymmetric Hydrogenation
  • Benzidine Rearrangement
  • Bromination/Sandmeyer
  • Butyl Lithium Reaction
  • Balz-Schiemann Reaction
  • Boron Chemistry
  • Carboxylation
  • Cynation
  • Cyclocondensation
  • Chichibabin Reaction
  • Chiral Chemistry
    (Implementation of enzymatic technology)
  • Dehydrogenation
  • Denitrochlorination
  • Diborane Reduction
  • Darzens Glycidic Ester Condensation
  • Dieckmann Cyclization
  • Esterification
  • Epoxidation
  • Fluorination: KF, AHF, DHF
    and Balz Schiemann
  • Friedel Crafts Reaction
  • Flow reactor technology at
    commercial scale
  • Grignard's Reaction
  • Hydrogenation/Dehalogenation
    /Reductive amination
  • Hetero Diels Alder Reaction
  • Kolbe Schmitt Reaction
  • Knoevenagel Reaction
  • Methoxylation
  • Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley Reduction
  • Michael Addition
  • Negishi Reaction
  • Oxidation
  • Oppenauer Oxidation
  • Organometallic Coupling:
    Grignard/Kumada/Suzuki
  • Phosphorylation
  • Phosgenation
  • Ring Alkylation
    and N-alkylation
  • Sulfonation
  • Silylation
  • Sandmeyer Reaction
  • Suzuki Coupling
  • Swern Oxidation
  • Skraup Reaction
  • Steroid Chemistry
  • Triphosgene Reactions
  • Ullmann Reaction
  • Vapour phase reaction:
    Ammoxidation/Isomerisation
  • Vilsmeier-Haack Reaction
  • Wittig Reaction
  • Willgerodt Reaction

Analytical Capability

AIL has a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory spread over 6,500 sq. ft. with an experienced and qualified team of scientists engaged in

  • Analytical Method Development, Calibration and Validation
  • Structural Identification and Elucidation
  • Impurity, Byproduct and Metabolite Isolation
  • Analytical Technology Transfer and Documentation

Typical infrastructure at the Analytical Development laboratory consists of specialised equipment such as HPLC, GC, LCMS, GCMS, Flash-Chromatography, ICP-MS, Particle Size Analyzer, NMR and other equipment such as colorimetry, auto-titrator, stability chamber etc.

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Process Chemistry
Capability and Infrastructure

An ultra-modern
synthesislaboratory spread
over  18,000 sq. ft.  of space
with more than

65

PhDs and

200

postgraduate scientists

Fully Digitised Paperless Laboratory with ISO 27001:2013 Accreditation

Our facility in Navi Mumbai is a fully paperless laboratory and utilises the Electronic Laboratory Notebook system for day to day experimental data capturing.

Availability of such online database for different chemistries helps our scientists with ready access to intelligent past knowledge and experimental insights avoiding duplication of work and allows our team to learn from the past speedily.

Other advantages include seamless inter-departmental communication, confidentiality and security of data leading to ISO 27001:2013 accreditation of our R&D facility at Mahape.

Process Chemistry Infrastructure

Reaction workstations are established to conduct various unit reactions

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Strategic Chemistry

Based on the business requirement, a dedicated team of scientists develops certain strategic chemistries contributing towards multiple growth projects.

Following strategic chemistries are being developed

Process Safety Studies

We believe in developing inherently safe processes. We have a state-of-theart Process Safety Laboratory and expertise located close to the Process Chemistry lab to make such inherently safe process development possible.

Our Process Safety Laboratory consists of the following data generation capability and infrastructure.

There are essentially four major hazards in chemical processing:

Health and environment hazards are identified through the in-house SDS generated through GHS compliant software.

The chemical reaction hazards that may be generated during the chemical processing/storage. The three major chemical reaction hazards are:

  • Thermal instability of reactants, reactant mixtures and products (including any intermediates, residues, wastes, potential contaminants and by-products)
  • Exothermic reactions which raise the temperature to produce decomposition reactions or violent boiling
  • Gas evolution

A dedicated team equipped with advanced laboratory equipment conducts different process safety studies.

  • Thermal stability studies using
    • Differential scanning calorimeter - DSC
    • Thermal Screening Unit - TSU
    • Vent size packaging - VSP
  • Exothermic Reaction Studies using
    • Reaction Calorimeter - RC1 (Atmospheric and Hastelloy Pressure vessel)
  • Gas Evolution and Vent Sizing Studies using
    • Gas Evolution measurement apparatus along with reaction calorimeter
    • Thermal Screening Unit - TSU
    • Vent size packaging - VSP
  • Chemical reaction Hazard assessment through
    • 1. Accelerating rate calorimeter-ARC

We carry out thermal stability tests and other fire and explosion tests especially for powder safety testing. For quick results of powder safety testing, we have also extensive tie ups with third-party service providers. The data from these tests is assessed in-house in our laboratories.

We are also building capabilities and infrastructure for fire and explosion hazards such as

1. Minimum ignition energy-MIE
2. Flash point

We undertake Hazop studies during the R&D process development to ensure our processes are inherently safe for commercialization

We have developed a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) database of all the GHS compliant products and chemicals being used at AIL. This online database is readily accessible to all employees. We also have in-house capabilities to retrieve and generate new MSDS for development products. Being a ‘Responsible Care’ company, such capability of material safety management also helps in establishing product stewardship for existing and new products which helps our employees and customers to take appropriate action and care while handling our chemicals and products.

Waste Pre-treatment Studies

Our waste pre-treatment studies aim to reduce the environmental load at process design stage while targeting various environmentally important parameters such as:

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