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Albemarle forms new business unit for metal organics

The new group provides electronic-grade materials to the rapidly expanding LED, compound semiconductor, and solar panel markets

Albemarle Corporation's new Electronic Materials business unit is a subgroup of Albemarle's newly renamed Performance Catalyst Solutions (PCS) division.

"As a producer of metal organics for over half a century, Albemarle has built a solid reputation on chemical expertise and experience," said Amy Motto, vice president of Albemarle's PCS division.  "With the launch of our Electronic Materials business unit, Albemarle will bring the same high level of quality and competence to the LED and solar markets. "

Albemarle's Electronic Materials business is already selling commercial quantities of ultra high purity trimethyl gallium (TMG) and triethylgallium (TEG) under its new PureGrowth brand name. The portfolio will be expanded to include ultra high purity trimethylaluminum (TMA) by early 2012 and trimethyl indium (TMI) by mid 2012.

These products are used in MOCVD growth which are used to manufacture a variety of compound semiconductor chips including LEDs, solar cells and products used in the RF, telecom and power device markets.

The Electronic Materials business is built upon Albemarle's strong foundation of existing competencies in the electronics industry. In addition to the PureGrowth portfolio, Albemarle is currently selling diethyl zinc (DEZ) to the solar panel industry and will expand its offerings to include dimethyl zinc (DMZ) in the near future. 

"By expanding into the electronic-grade metal organic arena, Albemarle will be able to provide a robust portfolio of complementary products and services used throughout the electronics industry," said Jenny Hebert, global product manager for Electronic Materials. "Albemarle will also benefit from a number of R&D and distribution synergies shared by its various business units." 
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