Ashford's Dictionary of Industrial Chemicals is intended for anyone who works in the chemical industry or who has an interest in industrial chemicals. The dictionary has 9,484 different entries and information on virtually all of the industrial chemicals used today. It covers plastics, resins, solvents, lubricants, pesticides, drugs, dyes, explosives, curing agents, plastic additives and surfactants, as well as the intermediates used in their manufacture.

The format of the dictionary makes it easy to find information on a particular chemical. All the chemicals are cross-referenced and linked, enabling the reader to trace the supply chain back to primary raw materials, to search for by-products/co-products, or to learn how a product is used in downstream applications. Each entry has information on the manufacturing routes used industrially and the raw materials employed.


Ashford's Dictionary of Industrial Chemicals, Third Edition,
ISBN 978-0-9522674-3-0, web version, 9,484 entries, 10,449 pages, 86,790 links.

Getting started: 

Select one of the following links:

  1. Copyright
  2. Chemical name index
  3. CAS number index
  4. EINECS/ELINCS index
  5. Formula index
  6. Notes


The work is presented as a series of files in pdf format that need to be read with a suitable viewer, operating either from within an internet browser or as a separate 'Add-On' to that browser. Viewing the files with an internal reader is not always successful as the bookmarked links cannot be activated in some products. The pdf browser in Google Chrome, for instance, is not suitable at present (January 2016). To use an external pdf reader as an 'Add-On' follow the steps given for the Acrobat Reader at:

For best performance, the viewer should be set up so that it shows only one page at a time at a magnification that fits the page into the window.

The links are indicated by a light grey box drawn around the chemical name. Clicking on the box brings up the main page for that chemical. The bookmarks ('outlines') provide a way of moving between different parts of the dictionary.

Since chemicals often have more than one name. The easiest way to find a particular entry is by means of the indexes. Clicking on a link to one of these will result in it being downloaded as a single file. This may take a few seconds for the larger indexes. To look up caustic soda, for example, download the Name index and then move to the start of the C's by click the 'C' bookmark. Move forward three pages and then click on the word caustic soda. The entry headed sodium hydroxide should be displayed.

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