Huntsman's ethanolamines are a multifunctional family of amino alcohols favored for a diverse range of applications. They are produced commercially by reacting ethylene oxide with ammonia. They are hygroscopic and miscible with water, most alcohols, and polyols. As alkalines, they react with acids to form esters or salts. Their versatile properties qualify them for industrial use as absorbents for gas treating; as emulsifiers in cleaning products; and as a corrosion inhibitor.
MEA forms an intermediate for cosmetics, surface-active agents, emulsifiers and plasticizing agents; is a gas-treating agent for refinery and natural gas streams; and is used in the manufacture of carbon dioxide and ammonia.
As an intermediate, DEA is used in the manufacture of cosmetics, detergent and textile specialties, agrochemicals, petroleum demulsifiers; as a gas treating agent; in wax, polish and coating emulsifiers; in soluble oils; and as a corrosion inhibitor.
TEA acts as an intermediate in surface-active agents for textile specialties, wax and polish, agrochemicals, petroleum demulsifiers, bathroom products, cement additives, cutting oils and photographic film developers; a corrosion inhibitor; a dispersant for dyes, casein, shellac and rubber latex; and as a sequestering agent.
Amides and amine ethoxylates
Huntsman produces amides from its ethanolamines and commercially available fatty acids. Our amine ethoxylates adhere strongly to most metal, fiber and mineral surfaces, which makes them useful as corrosion inhibitors, softeners, anti-static agents and to promote adhesion. Major applications include agricultural and laundry products, metalworking and cleaning additives, and textile processing aids. Brands include SURFONIC® T and TERIC® tallow amine ethoxylates; SURFONIC® OL and TERIC® series oleyl amine ethoxylates.