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Trimethylamine hydrochloride is used in the manufacture of quaternary ammonium compounds, as insect attractant. It is used as a raw material for the synthesis of choline chloride, quaternary ammonium compounds, ion exchange resins. It acts as cationic starch reagents, phase transfer catalyst, oil field chemicals, warning agent for natural gas and flotation agent.
Smaranda Craciun; Emily P Balskus. Microbial conversion of choline to trimethylamine requires a glycyl radical enzyme.PNAS.2007, 109 (52), 21307-21312.
Masao Miyake; Hiroshi Motonami; Suguru Shiomi; Tetsuji Hirato. Electrodeposition of purified aluminum coatings from dimethylsulfone-AlCl3 electrolytes with trimethylamine hydrochloride..Surface and Coatings Technology.2012, 206 4225-4229.
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P264b-P271-P280-P302+P352-P305+P351+P338-P312-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P501c
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant