Triethylamine is commonly used as a base during the preparation of esters and amides from acyl chlorides. It is mainly used in the production of quaternary ammonium compounds for textile auxiliaries and quaternary ammonium salts of dyes. It acts as a catalyst and acid neutralizer for condensation reactions and is useful as an intermediate for manufacturing medicines, pesticides and other chemicals.
TEA is a clear, colorless liquid with strong ammoniacal odor. It exhibits a golden yellow color on long-standing.
Sp. Gr. at 20ºC
Refractive Index at 20ºC
Solubility in water
Soluble upto 18°C. Sparingly soluble above 18°C
Flash Point (closed cup)
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IMDG ClassClass 3
UN Code No.1296
HSN Code No.2921.19.90
As an intermediate or catalytic agent for pesticides such as Fenvalerate, Butachlor, DDVP, Cypermethrin, Monocrotophos, Fonaphos, Phosphamidon and Alfamethrin.
Used as an intermediate in the manufacture of antibiotics like Penicillin, Ampicillin, Amoxycillin, Cephalexin, and other derivatives.
Used in the Foundry industry as a cross-linking agent (binder).
As a catalyst in the esterification reaction to manufacture perfumes.
Paints and Coatings
Used in the manufacture of electro deposit paints.
Triethylamine can be handled in a safe manner in closed containers for a long period. Avoid contact with copper and its alloys. TEA drum should be stored in a cool and well-ventilated area, away from sources of ignition.
Health & Safety
Triethylamine is irritating to the skin, eyes, and mucous membrane. In case of contact, the affected area should be washed with plenty of water, at least for 15 minutes. A dilute solution of Acetic Acid (2%) should be used to neutralize the amine. Continuous inhalation of fumes should be avoided. In event of inhalation, the victim should be moved to fresh air and oxygen should be administered. In case of ingestion, the victim should be made to consume a copious quantity of milk and water. A medical practitioner should be consulted at once. Personal protective equipment should always be used while handling.
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