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Triethanolamine (TEOA) is a trihydroxy functional tertiary amine belonging to the class of ethanolamines. It is a versatile intermediate with a broad application base.


TEOA is used as a neutralizing agent in water-based coatings. Additionally, it aids pigment dispersion.

Foams and Elastomers

TEOA can be used as a chain extender during the synthesis of polyol-based polyurethane foams and elastomers.


TEOA is used as a neutralizing agent in water-based inks. Additionally, it aids pigment dispersion.

Metal Working

In metal working fluids, TEOA is used both as a pH buffer as well as an anticorrosion additive.


TEOA forms quat salts with fatty acids which then find application in fabric softener formulations.


Combined with fatty acids, TEOA forms quat salts. These surfactants are then used in a variety of personal care and industrial applications.


Products are offered pure and in solutions with water.

CAS No.: 102-71-6
Production Manager Mark Hughes (right) and Shift Supervisor Kenny Calvaruso Jr. (left) stand at the bottom of the methylamines towers during a safety walkthrough. As the newest unit at BASF Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana, methylamines started production in 2012. Methylamine is used in the production of agrochemicals, personal care products, detergents, pharmaceuticals, textiles, solvents and animal feed additives.