Find chemical prices

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The Library does not subscribe to a chemical price tracking service.

However, it is still possible to find current and historical chemical prices through these library resources:

Special thanks to MIT Libraries for creating the Chemical Prices page and making it possible to build upon the materials they created!  This subject guide is licensed under Creative Commons.

Chemical prices in SciFinder

Watch this video beginning at 0:30.

(from the University of Alberta Libraries) You do allow embedded content.

To search SciFinder

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ICIS Chemical Business

This is a collection of articles and news about the international chemical industry.

Recent prices (since 2006)

  1. Visit ICIS Chemical Business
  2. Click on Search within this publication
  3. Enter the chemical name in one search box, and in the other search box enter “prices”
  4. Click Search.

In every issue, there is a Market Trends & Data column for bulk chemical prices of Ammonia, Benzene, Butadiene, Ethanol (contract price only), Ethylene, Ethylene glycol (contract price only), Methanol, MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) (spot price only), Naphtha (spot price only), Orthoxylene, Paraxylene, Phenol (spot price only), Propylene, Styrene, Toluene, and Xylene.

The Chemical Profile column summarizes recent prices for a different chemical each issue.

Recent print issues are also available.

*** Try the Indicative Chemical Prices A-Z by ICIS as well.

Historical prices (pre-2006)

Predecessors to ICIS Chemical Business include:


Chemical Week

Articles, interviews, business profiles and global news and analysis published weekly for professionals in the chemical industry.

Recent prices (since 1994)

  1. Visit Chemical Week
  2. Click on Search within this publication.
  3. Enter the chemical name in one search box, and in the other search box enter “prices”
  4. Click Search.

Historical prices (pre-1994)


Encyclopedia articles can provide economic indicators and prices (here’s an example).

Search for your chemical in:

News and trade articles

Search by chemical name in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).

Additionally, try these databases for news and trade articles.

Too many results?  Add price, cost, or bulk to your search terms.

More help

Not finding what you need?  Try these guides on chemical prices:


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