MEA is a clear, water-white, and hygroscopic liquid with a mild ammoniacal odor. It serves as a vital chemical intermediate in the production of cosmetics, surface-active agents, emulsifiers, pharmaceuticals, and plasticizing agents. Additionally, it functions as a gas-scrubbing agent for the absorption and removal of H2 and CO2 from refineries and natural gas streams. It also finds use in the manufacturing of carbon dioxide and ammonia.

Supplied By: Indorama Ventures

Product Code: Q09420

Regional Availability: USA

Chemical Name: Monoethanolamine (MEA)

CAS Number: 141-43-5

Chemical Family: Amines

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    Identification & Functionality

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    A chemical intermediate in the manufacture of cosmetics. surface - active agents. emulsifiers. pharmaceuticals. and plasticizing agents; a gas - scrubbing agent for the absorption and removal of H₂S and CO₂ from refinery and natural gas streams; carbon dioxide and ammonia manufacturing.


    Physical Form
    Clear and substantially free of suspended matter
    Biodegradability Profile

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

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    Packaging & Availability

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    • USA
    Packaging Information

    Product is available in tank cars, tank wagons and drums.

    Storage & Handling

    Storage Information
    • Monoethanolamine 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.