Industries and Applications That Use Methylamines

Meeting Supply Challenges

 

When it comes to manufacturing and industrial businesses, there are shared issues across industries. One shared challenge is reliably sourcing the raw materials needed to keep operations running successfully. Not only is a consistent supply necessary, but materials also need to be transported and handled safely. To do this, businesses need a partner that can meet their needs consistently and offer assistance as necessary.

The Chemours Company manufactures, delivers, and unloads its methylamines products with the highest safety standards. The following are some of the industries served by Chemours’ methylamine products.

Agricultural Chemicals

Agricultural chemicals are one of the widest uses for methylamines, and are used to make intermediates for a wide range of agricultural chemicals. These include herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, biocides, and miticides.

Animal Nutrients

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

Catalysts

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

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. Tetramethylammonium hydroxide from TMA is a stripper for resists in printed circuit boards.

Explosives

Water gel explosives have been used in the mining industry because of their ease and safety in handling. The prime ingredient is monomethylamine nitrate made from MMA, formaldehyde, and ammonium nitrate. Perchlorates of mono-, di-, and trimethylamine have also been used in the mining industry.

Fuel Additives

Fuel additives are used to improve engine performance in a variety of ways. Methylamine derivatives are used in additives, depressants, and coolants.

Gas and Oil Treatment

Monomethylamine and dimethylamine are used to produce various compounds that are deployed at various points of the gas and oil treatment process.

Personal Care

Dimethylamine is used to create compounds that used in the production of liquid soaps, shampoos, hand lotions, shaving creams, and cosmetics.

Pharmaceuticals

The manufacture of intermediates to make pharmaceuticals is one of the most diverse uses of methylamines. Products ranging from anticonvulsants to allergy relief medications use methylamines at some point in their production.

Resin Manufacturing

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

Rocket Fuels

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

Rubber Chemicals

Dimethylamine is used in several applications in the rubber industry. Dimethyldithiocarbamate salts are used for vulcanization accelerators. Tetramethylthiuram mono- and disulfide (TMTD) is a rubber accelerator, especially for butyl rubbers.

Solvents

Solvents are the biggest use for dimethylamine (DMA) and a growing use for monomethylamine (MMA). They are used to make the polar, aprotic solvents dimethylformamide (DMF), dimethylacetamide (DMAc), and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).

Surfactants

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

Water Treatment

Dimethylamine (DMA) 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. They are used to improve solid/liquid separation in sedimentation, filtration, and flotation operations.

Other Uses

Methylamines and its derivatives are used to make many other intermediates covering a myriad of applications. Dimethyl sulfate (DMS) is used in the production of household and commercial chemicals, including pesticides, dyes, and fabric softeners.

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