Triethanolamine 85% Lab Grade

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Trolamine, 2,2',2''-Nitrilotriethanol, Tris(2-hydroxyethyl)amine, Sterolamide, Daltogen, Nitrilotriethanol, Triethylolamine, Trihydroxytriethylamine
Laboratory Grade

Triethanolamine (TEA), commonly known as Trolamine, is a tertiary amine and a triol. It is a bifunctional molecule that can serve as both an alcohol and an amine. Trolamine contains trace amounts of diethanolamine and ethanolamine, and it may act as an antioxidant to prevent auto- oxidation of animal and vegetable lipids. It is commonly used as a pH adjuster and surfactant in industrial and cosmetic products. Triethanolamine, Lab Grade, 85% is a solution of pure Triethanolamine with 15% contents of water. Lab grade chemicals possess reasonable purity but do not comply with any official standard for quality or purity. Lab Alley’s Triethanolamine, Lab Grade, 85% is ideal for educational/research purposes and related commercial application. Lab Alley is selling its premium quality products online at in the United States of America (USA).

About Triethanolamine 

Triethanolamine is an organic compound used to manufacture DIY skin care and cosmetics product and ingredients. Triethanolamine is a strongly alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical.  Triethanolamine, or TEA is a viscous organic compound that is both a tertiary amine and a triol. A triol is a molecule with three alcohol groups. Approximately 150,000 tonnes were produced in 1999. It is a colourless compound although samples may appear yellow because of impurities. 

Triethanolamine is used primarily in making surfactants, such as for emulsifier. It is a common ingredient in formulations used for both industrial and consumer products. The triethanolamine neutralizes fatty acids, adjusts and buffers the pH, and solubilizes oils and other ingredients that are not completely soluble in water. Triethanolammonium salts in some cases are more soluble than salts of alkali metals that might be used otherwise, and results in less alkaline products than would from using alkali metal hydroxides to form the salt. Some common products in which triethanolamine is found are sunscreen lotions, liquid laundry detergents, dishwashing liquids, general cleaners, polishes, metalworking fluids, paints, shaving cream and printing inks. Read more here.

Triethanolamine Uses

Triethanolamine is an amine produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (another known toxin). It is used as a buffering agent, masking and fragrance ingredient, and surfactant, in addition to its primary use as a pH adjuster. Read more here. Triethanolamine is a coating ingredient for fresh fruit and vegetables. It is used in surfactants and as a dispersing ingredient and detergent in hand and body lotions, shaving creams, soaps, shampoos, and bath powders. Triethanolamine (TEA) belongs to the family of ethanolamine. It includes the properties of both amines and alcohols. Addition of TEA to an acidic buffer facilitates the determination of fluoride in inorganic orthophosphates by using a fluoride-selective electrode. Triethanolamine (TEA) has been used as a component of the acetylation working solution, in the preparation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogels and as a constituent of CO2/O2 specificity (SC/O) assay buffer.

Triethanolamine Uses In Soap

In cosmetic uses, triethanolamine is used to raise the pH of certain mixtures, as well as acting as an emulsifier (to help various ingredients mix better). This chemical is usually colorless or light yellow, and can have a faint ammonia odor. Read more here.

Triethanolamine For Acne 

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) are two of the most common ammonia compounds that can be found in skincare products. Like sulfates, these ingredients are also used as foaming agents or emulsifiers to help stabilize certain formulas. DEA and TEA, however, may dry out the skin and hair, cause allergic reactions and irritate the eyes. Some research has also shown that when combined with certain ingredients, DEA and TEA increase the risk of developing cancer as well as other potentially harmful side effects. Read more here.

Triethanolamine Toxicity

Triethanolamine: Triethanolamine is used in many cosmetic products to help balance pH levels, as well as to act as a cleansing base. When absorbed into the body over a long period of time, it can become toxic. Even short periods of exposure can cause allergic reactions, including eye problems and dry hair and skin. Read more here.

Triethanolamine And Cancer

Ethanolamines, either triethanolamine or diethanolamine, are very common additives to both soluble and synthetic metalworking fluids. A number of studies have examined the risk of cancer among workers exposed to metalworking fluids. Read more here.

Triethanolamine As A Catalyst

Triethanolamine as an inexpensive and efficient catalyst for the green synthesis of novel 1H-pyrazolo[1,2-a]pyridazine-5,8-diones under ultrasound irradiation in water and their antibacterial activity. Read more here.

Information On Triethanolamine From PubChem

Triethanolamine is an oily liquid with a mild ammonia odor. Denser than water. Freezing point is 71°F. Triethanolamine is a tertiary amino compound that is ammonia in which each of the hydrogens is substituted by a 2-hydroxyethyl group. It has a role as a buffer and a surfactant. It is a tertiary amino compound, a triol and an amino alcohol. It derives from a triethylamine. It is a conjugate base of a triethanolammonium. Triethanolamine is used as a food additive. Triethanolamine is an important commercial chemical. Triethanolamine is used in dry cleaning and wool scouring. It is found in cosmetics, household detergents, metalworking fluids, polishes and emulsions. It is also used in paper and wood processing. Triethanolamine is used as an antifoam agent, water repellant, dispersion agent, corrosion inhibitor, softening agent, emulsifier, humectant, plasticizer and pharmaceutical alkalizing agent. It is registered for use in food and food products. EXPOSURE: Workers that produce or use triethanolamine may breathe in vapor or have direct skin contact. The general population may be exposed by dermal contact with consumer products that contain triethanolamine. If triethanolamine is released to the environment, it will be broken down in air by reaction with hydroxyl radicals. It will be in or on particles in the air that eventually fall to the ground. It is not expected to be broken down by sunlight in air. It will not volatilize into air from soil or water surfaces. It is expected to move easily through soil. It is broken down by microorganisms, and is not expected to build up in fish. Read more here.


Triethanolamine, Lab Grade, 50% Features:

Density 1.13 g/cm³
Boiling Point 635.7°F (335.4°C)
Melting Point 21.60 °C; 70.88 °F; 294.75 K
Acidity (pKa) 7.74
pKa (25 °C)‎ 7.8
Vapor density‎ 5.14 (vs air)
Common Uses
  • Reagent
  • Shaving foams
Commercial/Industrial Applications
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Dishwashing liquids
  • Printing inks
Safety and Handling

Please contact Lab Alley at 512-668-9918 or by email to request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and Certificate of Analysis (COA) for Triethanolamine Solution.

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