Agent Name

Triethylene tetramine

CAS Number

112-24-3

Formula

C6-H18-N4

Major Category

Nitrogen Compounds

Synonyms

1,2-Ethanediamine, N,N'-bis(2-aminoethyl)-; 1,4,7,10-Tetraazadecane; 1,8-Diamino-3,6-diazaoctane; 3,6-Diazaoctane-1,8-diamine; Araldite HY 951; Araldite hardener HY 951; DEH 24; Ethylenediamine, N,N'-bis(2-aminoethyl)-; HY 951; N,N'-Bis(2-aminoethyl)-1,2-ethanediamine; N,N'-Bis(2-aminoethyl)ethylenediamine; N,N-Bis(2-aminoethyl)-1,2-diaminoethane; TETA; Tecza; Trien; Trientina [INN-Spanish]; Trientine; Trientinum [INN-Latin]; Triethylenetetramine; [ChemIDplus] UN2259

Category

Amines, Aliphatic

Description

Viscous, colourless to yellow liquid with an ammonia-like odor; [CHEMINFO]

Sources/Uses

Used as a chemical intermediate for polyamide resins, imidazoline, and aminoamide surfactants; as a curing agent for alkyl acrylate and methacrylonitrile polymers; and as a hardener for epoxy resins; [HSDB] The hydrochloride salt is used as a chelating agent in the treatment of Wilson's disease; [AIHA]

Comments

Liquid causes first degree burns on short exposure. [CHRIS] Asthma reported in aircraft fitter; [Malo] A corrosive substance with low vapor pressure, but could cause pulmonary edema after exposure to high concentrations ; May cause asthma and skin sensitization; [ICSC]

Reference Link

Asthma due to inhaled chemical agents--epoxy resin systems containing phthalic acid anhydride, trimellitic acid anhydride and triethylene tetramine

Exposure Assessment
WEEL

1 ppm

Vapor Pressure

0.000412 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 290 deg F;

Reference Link

ICSC: Triethylenetetramine

Flammability (NFPA)

1: Must be preheated

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Asthma

Yes

Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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