Chemical Pricing Information

Source

Available online?

Pricing information?

Notes

SciFinder

Yes

Yes, for small quantities

Search by chemical to find suppliers. See notes below.

Reaxys

Yes

Yes, for small quantities

Search by chemical to find suppliers.

Aldrich

Yes

Yes, for small quantities

Find property information for chemicals.

ICIS static price list

Yes

Yes, outdated.

Site provides only static price list from 2006, presented as sample information.

United States Geological Survey

Yes

Limited

Information on mineral production and commerce. Some pricing information is available.

Business Source Complete

Yes

Possibly

Chemical industry information. Company and industry profiles and articles.

ABI/INFORM

Yes

Possibly

Chemical industry information. Company and industry profiles and articles.

Other guides for chemical pricing information

Texas A&M University Libraries Chemical Engineering Research Guide

Cornell University Library Chemical Process Design Guide

Can I contact a company to ask for a price quote?

Students looking for pricing information for a class project might consider contacting a seller found in the databases above. However, realize that when you contact a company, you are implying some willingness to do professional business with them. Let them know you are a student and be mindful of their time.

Notes on pricing information

Why isn't pricing information more readily available? A few reasons.

  • Exact pricing can be valuable business information. This means it's neither free nor published widely.
  • Prices and markets change constantly, and the price may be different depending on whether you want a small laboratory quantity or a bulk industrial quantity.
  • Freely available online sources for this information tend to be businesses that want you to contact them for a price quote. They want to know about potential clients!

Notes on using SciFinder to find chemical pricing

  • Select Substance Identifier.
  • Enter search terms.
    • CAS Number uniquely identifies a substance.
    • Common names or other identifiers usually work.
  • Select substance(s) of interest and click on Get Commercial Sources.
    • Use the Analyze option on the left to limit results by the quantity you need.
    • SOME of the listings will have price information. One way to find them quickly is to export the results in Excel format. Sort on the price column.