2-(Dimethylamino)ethanol is used as corrosion inhibitor, anti-scaling agent, paint additive, coating additive and solids separation agent. It is also used as an intermediate for active pharmaceutical ingredients and dyes. It serves as a curing agent for polyurethanes and epoxy resins. Further, it is used as an additive to boiler water. In addition to this, it is used therapeutically as a CNS stimulant.
In the presence of 2 mol of n-BuLi, forms a unimetal superbase complex of the Li alkoxide with an additional molecule of n-BuLi: J. Chem. Soc., Perkin 1, 3071 (1997). For examples of its use, see 2-Methoxypyridine, A13675, 2-Chloropyridine, A14866.
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Bringas, G.; Navarro-Santos, P.; López-Rendón, R.; López-Lemus, J.; Bresme, F. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of 2-(Dimethylamino)ethanol. J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119 (15), 5035-5046.
Hazard Statements: H226-H302-H312-H331-H314-H335
Flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if swallowed. Harmful in contact with skin. Toxic if inhaled. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.