Dow alkyl alkanolamines present unique application opportunities. They are versatile, polyfunctional molecules that combine the characteristics of amines and alcohols. This makes them useful intermediates in the synthesis of numerous products. They are of major importance in the pharmaceutical, water treatment, fabric treatment, coatings and gas treatment industries.

Alkyl alkanolamines are characterized by the presence of a basic secondary or tertiary nitrogen atom and at least one hydroxyl group. They are capable of undergoing reactions typical of both alcohols and amines.

N-Methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) is a tertiary amine. N-Methylethanolamine (NMEA) is a secondary amine. The chemical structures of these alkyl alkanolamines are:

MDEA CH3 N (CH2 CH2 OH)2
NMEA CH3 NH CH2 CH2 OH

For more information please see our Table of Physical Properties.

Literature:
pdf icon MDEA Technical Data Sheet ( PDF)
pdf icon NMEA Technical Data Sheet (29 KB PDF)
MDEA Safety Data Sheet
NMEA Safety Data Sheet