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Agricultural Chemicals

Methylamines are used to make intermediates for a wide range of agricultural chemicals, including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, biocides, and miticides.

 

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Animal Nutrients

The largest use for trimethylamine (TMA) is in the production of choline chloride, a B vitamin supplement in animal feed for chickens, turkeys, and swine.

 

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Catalysts

Methylamines are used directly as catalysts or as raw materials to produce other compounds with catalytic activity.

 

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Electronics

Dimethylamine and benzyl chloride are used to make benzyldimethylamine, which can be used as an accelerator for epoxy resins in laminates for electrical equipment.

 

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Explosives

Water gel explosives have been used in the mining industry due to their ease and safety in handling.

 

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Fuel Additives

Fuel additives are used to improve engine performance in a variety of ways.

 

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Gas & Oil Treatment

Alkylalkanolamines have a large use in the treatment of natural gas and oil.

 

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Paper Chemicals

Trimethylamine is used to make paper chemicals such as its reaction with epichlorohydrin to make 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyltrimethylammonium chloride and the epoxy product glyciditrimethylammonium chloride.

 

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Personal Care

The personal care industry is an area with growing use for methylamines as raw materials.

 

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Pharmaceuticals

The manufacture of intermediates to make pharmaceuticals is one of the most diverse uses of methylamines.

 

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Photographic Chemicals

P-methylaminophenol sulfate, used as a photographic developer, is made by using monomethylamine to replace an hydroxyl group on hydroquinone.

 

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Resin Manufacturing

Methylamines are used to make resins for water demineralization and deionization.

 

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Rocket Fuels

1,1-dimethylhydrazine is used as a propellant for booster rockets.

 

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Rubber Chemicals

Dimethylamine is used in several applications in the rubber industry.

 

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Solvents

Solvents are the biggest use for dimethylamine (DMA) and a growing use for monomethylamine (MMA).

 

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Surfactants

Surfactants are used in the manufacture of soaps, shampoos, detergents, and other specialty wetting applications.

 

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Water Treatment

Dimethylamine is used as a raw material to produce agents that remove suspended solids for water clarification in industrial and municipal raw, potable, and wastewater treatment plants.

 

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Other Uses

Methylamines are used to make many other intermediates covering a myriad of applications.

 

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