|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||89.14 g mol−1|
|Density||890 mg mL−1|
-59 °C, 214.15 K, -74 °F
134 °C, 407.2 K, 273 °F
|Vapor pressure||816 Pa (at 20 °C)|
|Acidity (pKa)||9.23 (at 20 °C)|
|Basicity (pKb)||4.77 (at 20 °C)|
|Refractive index (nD)||1.4294|
|GHS signal word||DANGER|
|GHS hazard statements||H226, H302, H312, H314, H332|
|GHS precautionary statements||P280, P305+351+338, P310|
|R-phrases||R10, R20/21/22, R34|
|S-phrases||(S1/2), S25, S26, S36/37/39, S45|
|Flash point||39 °C|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Dimethylaminoethanol, also known as dimethylethanolamine (DMAE and DMEA respectively), is a primary alcohol. This compound also goes by the names of N,N-dimethyl-2-aminoethanol, beta-dimethylaminoethyl alcohol, beta-hydroxyethyldimethylamine and Deanol. It is a transparent, pale-yellow liquid.
Dimethylaminoethanol is used as a curing agent for polyurethanes and epoxy resins. It is also used in mass quantities for water treatment, and to some extent in the coatings industry. It is used in the synthesis of dyestuffs, textile auxiliaries, pharmaceuticals, emulsifiers, and corrosion inhibitors. It is also an additive to paint removers, boiler water and amino resins. It forms a number of salts with melting points below room temperature (ionic liquids) such as N,N-dimethylethanolammonium acetate and N,N-dimethylethanolammonium octanoate, which have been used as alternatives to conventional solvents.
2-Dimethylaminoethyl chloride hydrochloride is an intermediate made from dimethylaminoethanol that is widely used for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.
Dimethylaminoethanol is related to choline and may be a biochemical precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, although this conclusion has been disputed. It is commonly believed that dimethylaminoethanol is methylated to produce choline in the brain, but this has been shown not to be the case. It is known that dimethylaminoethanol is processed by the liver into choline; however, the choline molecule is charged and cannot pass the blood–brain barrier. In the brain, DMAE is instead bound to phospholipids in place of choline to produce phosphatidyl-dimethylaminoethanol. This is then incorporated into nerve membranes, increasing fluidity and permeability, and acting as an antioxidant.
Short-term studies have shown an increase in vigilance and alertness with a positive influence on mood following administration of DMAE, vitamins, and minerals in individuals suffering from borderline emotional disturbance. Research for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been promising, though inconclusive. A study showed dimethylaminoethanol to decrease the average life span of aged quail.
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- Earliest research
- Pfeiffer CC, Jenney EH, Gallagher W, et al. (September 1957). "Stimulant effect of 2-dimethylaminoethanol; possible precursor of brain acetylcholine". Science 126 (3274): 610–1. doi:10.1126/science.126.3274.610. PMID 13467254.
- As a treatment for tardive dyskinesia
- As an unsuccessful treatment for Alzheimer's disease
- Fisman M, Mersky H, Helmes E (July 1981). "Double-blind trial of 2-dimethylaminoethanol in Alzheimer's disease". Am J Psychiatry 138 (7): 970–2. PMID 7020434.