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Skeletal formula of dimethylethanolamine
Ball-and-stick model of the dimethylethanolamine molecule
IUPAC name
Other names
  • Deanol
  • Dimethylamino ethanol
108-01-0 YesY
Abbreviations DMAE, DMEA
ATC code N06BX04
ChEBI CHEBI:271436 N
ChemSpider 13854944 N
EC Number 203-542-8
Jmol interactive 3D Image
KEGG D07777 N
MeSH Deanol
PubChem 7902
RTECS number KK6125000
UN number 2051
Molar mass 89.14 g·mol−1
Appearance Colourless liquid
Odor Fishy, ammoniacal
Density 890 mg mL−1
Melting point −59.00 °C; −74.20 °F; 214.15 K
Boiling point 134.1 °C; 273.3 °F; 407.2 K
log P −0.25
Vapor pressure 816 Pa (at 20 °C)
Acidity (pKa) 9.23 (at 20 °C)[1]
Basicity (pKb) 4.77 (at 20 °C)
GHS pictograms The flame pictogram in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) The corrosion pictogram in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) The exclamation-mark pictogram in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
GHS signal word DANGER
H226, H302, H312, H314, H332
P280, P305+351+338, P310
Corrosive C
R-phrases R10, R20/21/22, R34
S-phrases (S1/2), S25, S26, S36/37/39, S45
Flash point 39 °C (102 °F; 312 K)
Explosive limits 1.4–12.2%
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
  • 1.214 g kg−1 (dermal, rabbit)
  • 2 g kg−1 (oral, rat)
Related compounds
Related alkanols
Related compounds
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Dimethylaminoethanol and dimethylethanolamine (DMAE and DMEA respectively), with deanol, are common names for 2-(dimethylamino)ethanol.

Chemical structure and properties[edit]

This compound has tertiary amine and primary alcohol groups as functional groups.. The alcohol functionality, in combination with the amine and its low molecular weight imparts water solubility on the compound, and makes ester derivatives possible; the amine functionality gives the compound its alkaline character, and allows for formulation of salts of the compound.


Characteristics arising from its chemical features as well as from its overall structural similarity to chemical compounds involved in primary metabolism and neurophysiology

Biochemical roles[edit]

Dimethylaminoethanol is a structural relative of choline, and a biochemical precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.[2][3] Dimethylaminoethanol serves as a precursor of choline in the liver.[citation needed] In the brain, DMAE is incorporated into phospholipids, as phosphatidyldimethylethanolamine (PDME), which can then be converted, via N-methylation, to phosphatidylcholine.[citation needed] As a component of nerve membranes, PDME may increase fluidity and permeability, and acting as an antioxidant.[citation needed]

Industrial uses[edit]

Industrial uses include as a bulk chemical in water purification, as a fine chemical precursor in pharmaceutical and other organic syntheses, and as an additive in a variety of applications, including with resins and coatings.[citation needed] There is expanding interest in use of DMAE as a nutraceutical, and it is has been tested as a possible therapeutic agent related to a variety of cholinergic functions.[citation needed]

DMEA is used in bulk quantities for water treatment, in the coatings industry, and as a curing agent for polyurethanes and epoxy resins.[citation needed] It is also used in the chemical synthesis of dyestuffs, pharmaceuticals, emulsifiers, textile auxiliaries,[citation needed] as an additive to paint removers and amino resins,[citation needed] and as an additive to boiler water to provide corrosion resistance.[citation needed] For instance, 2-dimethylaminoethyl chloride hydrochloride is synthesized from dimethylaminoethanol, and serves as an intermediate that is widely used for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.[4][full citation needed]

DMEA forms a number of salts with melting points below room temperature ionic liquids, (e.g. N,N-dimethylethanolammonium acetate and N,N-dimethylethanolammonium octanoate), which can be used in applications where alternatives to conventional solvents are required. [5]

Nutraceutical uses[edit]

The bitartrate salt of DMAE, i.e. 2-dimethylaminoethanol (+)-bitartrate, is sold as a dietary supplement.[6] It is a white powder providing 37% DMAE.[7]

Further reading (secondary sources)[edit]

  • Grossman, R (2005). "The role of dimethylaminoethanol in cosmetic dermatology". American journal of clinical dermatology 6 (1): 39–47. PMID 15675889. 
  • Zs-Nagy, I (1989). "On the role of intracellular physicochemistry in quantitative gene expression during aging and the effect of centrophenoxine. A review". Archives of gerontology and geriatrics 9 (3): 215–29. PMID 2517957. 

Further reading (primary sources)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Littel, RJ, Bos, M, Knoop, GJ (1990). "Dissociation constants of some alkanolamines at 293, 303, 318, and 333 K". J. Chem. Eng. Data 35: 276–277. doi:10.1021/je00061a014. 
  2. ^ Grossman, R (2005). "The role of dimethylaminoethanol in cosmetic dermatology". American journal of clinical dermatology 6 (1): 39–47. PMID 15675889. 
  3. ^ Pfeiffer, C. C.; Jenney, E. H.; Gallagher, W; Smith, R. P.; Bevan Jr, W; Killam, K. F.; Killam, E. K.; Blackmore, W (1957). "Stimulant effect of 2-dimethylaminoethanol; possible precursor of brain acetylcholine". Science (New York, N.Y.) 126 (3274): 610–1. PMID 13467254. 
  4. ^ Ashford's Dictionary of Industrial Chemicals, 3rd edition, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9522674-3-0, p. 3294.[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Sanders, M. W.; Wright, L; Tate, L; Fairless, G; Crowhurst, L; Bruce, N. C.; Walker, A. J.; Hembury, G. A.; Shimizu, S (2009). "Unexpected preferential dehydration of artemisinin in ionic liquids". The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 113 (38): 10143–5. doi:10.1021/jp906436e. PMID 19722599. 
  6. ^ Karen E. Haneke & Scott Masten, 2002, "Dimethylethanolamine (DMAE) [108-01-0] and Selected Salts and Esters: Review of Toxicological Literature (Update)," Report on National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Contract No. N01-ES-65402, November 2002, from Contractee Integrated Laboratory Systems, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, see [1], accessed 30 April 2015.
  7. ^ Sigma Aldrich: Safety Data Sheet: 2-Dimethylaminoethanol (+)-bitartrate