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London Chemicals & Resources Ltd (LCR) is an international distributor, stockist and supplier of industrial inorganic chemicals including vanadium chemicals.

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We hold several agencies and serve a global customer base both directly and via a network of local offices and agents. LCR is committed to providing efficient service and competitive pricing to all customers.

Working closely with several producer principals around the world, quality, consistency and reliability are all important watchwords for LCR ensuring that our customers return again and again.

Raw materials are supplied for a wide range of applications including the battery, catalyst, ceramic, fertiliser, glass, plating, refinery, superalloy and other industries. Our materials are usually packed in drums or bags in accordance with UN, CLP and other applicable local and international regulations.Vanadium Pentoxide

There are numerous vanadium compounds with distinct properties and uses. Two of the most common vanadium chemicals include vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) and ammonium metavanadate (NH4VO3).

Vanadium Pentoxide (V2O5): This compound is a yellow-orange powder with a high melting point and low solubility in water. It is the most common and commercially significant vanadium compound. V2O5 is primarily used as a catalyst in various chemical reactions, most notably in the production of sulfuric acid. Additionally, it is extensively used in the manufacturing of ferrovanadium, an alloy of iron and vanadium that imparts strength and wear resistance to steel.

Ammonium Metavanadate (NH4VO3): This is a white crystalline solid that is soluble in water and decomposes upon heating. It is commonly used as a catalyst and as a precursor to other vanadium compounds. NH4VO3 is also utilized in the production of ceramic pigments and in the glass-making industry.

Vanadium chemicals have a wide range of applications across different industries, including steel production, catalysis, and battery technology.

  1. Steel Production: The primary use of vanadium is in the production of high-strength steel alloys. Adding just a small amount of vanadium to steel can significantly increase its tensile strength, toughness, and wear resistance. This makes vanadium-enhanced steel ideal for applications like construction, automotive, and aerospace industries.

  2. Catalysis: Vanadium compounds, particularly vanadium pentoxide, are used as catalysts in various industrial processes. One of the most significant applications is in the contact process, where V2O5 is used to convert sulfur dioxide (SO2) to sulfur trioxide (SO3), which is then converted into sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid is an essential chemical in numerous industries, such as fertilizer production, petroleum refining, and metal processing.

  3. Battery Technology: Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) are a type of rechargeable battery that uses vanadium ions in different oxidation states to store chemical energy. VRFBs offer several advantages over traditional batteries, including a longer cycle life, rapid charging and discharging capabilities, and scalability. These batteries have gained interest for large-scale energy storage applications, such as grid storage and renewable energy integration.

The use of vanadium chemicals does raise some environmental concerns, primarily due to the extraction and processing of vanadium ores, which can result in air and water pollution. As a result, there has been a growing emphasis on sustainable practices in the vanadium industry. This includes the development of cleaner extraction methods, recycling of vanadium-containing waste, and promoting the use of vanadium-based products like VRFBs, which contribute to renewable energy integration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The following are some of our key vanadium containing items:

  • Ammonium Metavanadate
  • Ferro-Vanadium
  • Potassium Metavanadate
  • Potassium Orthovanadate
  • Vanadium Pentoxide
  • Vanadyl Sulphate

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