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2-Diethylaminoethanol (also known as DEAE or diethylaminoethanol) is a chemical compound that is primarily used in the production of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and textile processing. It is a colorless liquid with a strong ammonia-like odor.

Chemical Properties[edit | edit source]

2-Diethylaminoethanol is a secondary amine with two ethyl groups attached to the nitrogen atom. It has the chemical formula C_6H_15NO. It is soluble in water and most organic solvents, and it has a boiling point of 134°C.

Uses[edit | edit source]

2-Diethylaminoethanol is used in a variety of applications. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is used as a precursor to the manufacture of certain drugs, including local anesthetics and antidepressants. In the cosmetics industry, it is used as a pH adjuster and emulsifier. In textile processing, it is used as a softening agent.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 2-diethylaminoethanol can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health effects, including damage to the liver and kidneys.

Safety[edit | edit source]

Due to its potential health effects, it is important to handle 2-diethylaminoethanol with care. Protective clothing, including gloves and eye protection, should be worn when handling this chemical. In case of exposure, seek medical attention immediately.

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