Trolamine (Triethanolamine) (TEA) Definition

Triethanolamine aka Trolamine (abbr. as TEOA to distinguish it from TEA which is for triethylamine) is a viscous organic compound that is both a tertiary amine and a triol. A triol is a molecule with three alcohol groups. is a strong base. Approximately 150,000 tonnes were produced in 1999. It is a colourless compound although samples may appear yellow because of impurities. Triethanolamine is a strongly alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical. Trolamine, (TEA), is a tertiary amine and a triol. It is a bifunctional compound that exhibits both properties of alcohols and amines. Trolamine contains small amounts of diethanolamine and ethanolamine and may also act as an antioxidant against the auto-oxidation of animal and vegetable fats . It is commonly used as a pH adjuster and surfactant in industrial and cosmetic products such as skin and hair conditioning products.



About Trolamine


Used In :
1. Adhesives and sealant chemicals
2. Agricultural chemicals (non-pesticidal)
3. Cement
4. Corrosion inhibitors and anti-scaling agents
5. Functional fluids (closed systems)
6. Intermediates
7. Lubricants and lubricant additives
8. Not known or reasonably ascertainable
9. Printing ink manufacture
10. Processing aids, not otherwise listed
11. Solvents (which become part of product formulation or mixture)
12. Photochemicals


1. Colorless, Pale-yellow
2. Slight ammonical odor
3. Boiling Point Approximately 335.4°C
4. Melting Point 20.5 °C
5. Flash Point 179 °C
6. Miscible
7. Density 1.13 @ 68° F
8. pH = 10.5