Environmental Assessment of the Alkanolamines

  • John W. Davis
  • Constance L. Carpenter
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 149)


The alkanolamine product family consists of the ethanol-, isopropanol-, and butanol-substituted amines. The alkanolamines are bifunctional molecules having both amino and alcohol functional groups. As a result, they undergo a wide variety of reactions common to amines and alcohols. Because of these physicochemical characteristics, the alkanolamines are used in a wide variety of applications, including surfactants, cosmetics, toiletry products, metal working fluids, textile chemicals, gas conditioning chemicals, agricultural chemical intermediates, and cement grinding aids. Due to this wide range of uses and applications, there is a need to understand the fate and effects of these compounds in the environment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Davis
    • 1
  • Constance L. Carpenter
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Chemistry Research Laboratory, Health and Environmental SciencesThe Dow Chemical CompanyMidlandUSA
  2. 2.DowBrandsThe Dow Chemical CompanyUrbanaUSA

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