This product is a clear, colorless, and hygroscopic liquid with a mild ammoniacal odor at higher temperatures, transitioning to a white, crystalline solid at room temperature. It serves as a versatile intermediate in cosmetics, textile specialty surface-active agents, herbicides, and petroleum demulsifiers. Additionally, DEA finds essential roles in gas scrubbing for refinery and natural gas operations, as well as emulsifiers for waxes, polishes, coatings, soluble oils, and corrosion inhibitors.

Supplied By: Indorama Ventures

Product Code: Q01327

Regional Availability: Canada

Chemical Name: Diethanolamine (DEA)

CAS Number: 111-42-2

Chemical Family: Amines

    Enhanced TDS

    Identification & Functionality

    Chemical Family
    Base Chemicals Functions
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    Features & Benefits

    Base Chemicals Features

    Applications & Uses

    Recommended Applications

    An intermediate in the manufacture of cosmetics, surface - active agents used in textile specialties. herbicides. and petroleum demulsifiers; as a gas scrubber in refinery and natural gas operations; waxes. polishes. and coatings emulsifiers; soluble oils; and corrosion inhibitors.


    Physical Form
    Clear and substantially free of suspended matter (at 30°C)
    Biodegradability Profile

    Diethanolamine undergoes moderate biodegradation and is not expected to be persistent in the environment.

    Regulatory & Compliance

    Chemical Inventories

    Packaging & Availability

    Packaging Type
    Regional Availability
    • Canada
    Packaging Information

    Product is available in coiled tank cars. tank wagons in certain areas, and drums of 490 pounds (222 kilograms) net weight.

    Storage & Handling

    Storage Information
    • Diethanolamine may be satisfactorily stored in carbon steel. stainless steel. or aluminum tanks using steel pipes and pumps.
    • Caution must be exercised however to keep the material in the anhydrous state to prevent severe corrosion to the carbon steel or aluminum tank and related equipment.
    • A drier on the breathing nozzle is recommended to help maintain anhydrous conditions in the storage tank.
    • For longer term color stability. it is recommended that the product be stored under an inert atmosphere.
    • Solid sediment may form upon standing.
    • There should be circulation in the storage vessel to keep solids suspended.
    • Low pressure steam coils in storage tanks and heat tracing of transfer lines should be provided in cases where low environmental temperatures may make pumping of the product difficult.