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Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical & Biological Engineering Reference Guide: Chemical Prices

This Guide contains Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering resources and information. Links below provide a starting place for your research project.

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Chemical Prices

Laboratory Scale Chemical Prices


Locate the substance, then click on the orange Erlenmeyer flask "Commercial Sources".  Access Instructions: If you have already created an account, use the link above to log in. If you are a first-time user you must create an account HERE.


Sigma-Alrich is a major supplier of laboratory chemicals. Has property data, MSDS, and prices. 

Bulk Chemical Prices

Business Source Complete

A business database. Includes many magazine and trade publications with chemical pricing. Search for the chemical name and the word "price" in your search. 

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology and Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

See the "Economic Aspects" section for chemical and material pricing and/or market data. 

ICIS Chemical Pricing

Requires that you sign up for an account. Historical pricing (~2005) for 115 chemicals. 

ICIS Chemical Business

Trade magazine with weekly market chemical pricing. We have access to 2006 and 2007. Older editions are called Chemical Market Reporter and can be accessed here

IHS Chemical Week

Trade magazine with chemical market pricing. See the CW Price Report and Product Focus sections.

C&EN Archives

Chemical & Engineering News published a section called "Chemical Market Prices" up until about the late 1950's. This is a good resource for historical chemical prices. Search for "Chemical Market prices". There are also some more recent articles on chemical prices that can be found with more generic searches such as "chemical cost" or "chemical price." 

Plastics Today

Current prices for polymers such as HDPE, LDPE, and PP.

Energy Information Administration

U.S. Government reports on prices and market data for petroleum products.