This product is a clear, water-white, hygroscopic liquid with a mild ammoniacal odor. It finds versatile applications across various industries, serving as a key chemical intermediate in the production of cosmetics, surface-active agents, emulsifiers, pharmaceuticals, plasticizing agents, gas-scrubbing in refining and natural gas processes, and in the manufacturing of carbon dioxide and ammonia.

Supplied By: Indorama Ventures

Product Code: Q01333

Regional Availability: Canada

INCI Name: Ethanolamine

Chemical Name: Monoethanolamine (MEA)

Functions: API Intermediate, Buffers & pH Stabilizer, Emulsifier, Gas Scrubbing Agent, Intermediate

CAS Number: 141-43-5

Chemical Family: Amines, Ethanolamines

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    Identification & Functionality

    Chemical Family
    INCI Name
    Base Chemicals Functions
    Cosmetic Ingredients Functions
    Pharma & Nutraceuticals Functions
    Molecular formula
    H₂N - CH₂CH₂OH

    Features & Benefits

    Base Chemicals Features

    Applications & Uses

    Recommended Applications
    • 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.

    Regulatory & Compliance

    Packaging & Availability

    Packaging Type
    Regional Availability
    • Canada
    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.