A base. Highly reactive with many compounds. Can react violently with acetic acid, acetic anhydride, acrolein, acrylic acid, acrylonitrile, allyl chloride, carbon disulfide, chlorosulfonic acid, epichlorohydrin, ethylene chlorohydrin, hydrogen chloride, mesityl oxide, nitric acid, oleum, AgClO4, sulfuric acid, beta-propiolactone and vinyl acetate. Incompatible with strong acids, strong oxidizers (perchlorate salts), and chlorinated organic compounds. Ethylenediamine is also incompatible with halogenated organic compounds and metal halides. May react with nitromethane and diisopropyl peroxydicarbonate. May ignite on contact with cellulose nitrate. Readily absorbs carbon dioxide from the air to give crusty solid deposits. . Ethylenediamine reacts violently with ethylene chlorohydrin. (Lewis, R.J., Sr. 1992. Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, 8th Edition. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold. pp. 1554.).
Ethylenediamine (EDA) is a clear and colorless product at normal temperature and pressure which has a characteristic smell of an amine. It is strongly alkaline and is miscible with water and alcohol. It is air sensitive and hygroscopic and absorbs carbon dioxide from the air. It is incompatible with aldehydes, phosphorus halides, organic halides, oxidising agents, strong acids, copper, its alloys, and its salts.
Vapor inhalations at a concentration of 200 ppm for 5 to 10 minutes will lead to nasal irritation and produce a tingling sensation. Inhalation at concentrations of 400 ppm or greater leads to severe nasal irritation. Respiratory irritation may result. Many individuals are hypersensitive to Ethylenediamine exposure; therefore, safe threshold limits are difficult to set.
It forms a constant-boiling (b 118.5o, monohydrate, m 10o) mixture with water (23w/w%). [It is hygroscopic and miscible with water.] Recommended purification procedure [Asthana & Mukherjee in J.F.Coetzee (ed), Purification of Solvents, Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1982 cf p 53]: to 1L of ethylenediamine is added 70g of type 5A Linde molecular sieves and shaken for 12hours. The liquid is decanted and shaken for a further 12hours with a mixture of CaO (50g) and KOH (15g). The supernatant is fractionally distilled (at 20:1 reflux ratio) in contact with freshly activated molecular sieves. The fraction distilling at 117.2o /760mm is collected. Finally it is fractionally distilled from sodium metal. All distillations and storage of ethylenediamine should be carried out under nitrogen to prevent reaction with CO2 and water. The material containing 30% water is dried with solid NaOH (600g/L) and heated on a water bath for 10hours. Above 60o, separation into two phases takes place. The hot ethylenediamine layer is decanted off, refluxed with 40g of sodium for 2hours and distilled [Putnam & Kobe Trans Electrochem Soc 74 609 1938]. Ethylenediamine is usually distilled under nitrogen. Alternatively, it is dried over type 5A Linde molecular sieves (70g/L), then a mixture of 50g of CaO and 15g of KOH/L, with further dehydration of the supernatant with molecular sieves followed by distillation from molecular sieves and, finally, from sodium metal. A spectroscopically improved material is obtained by shaking with freshly baked alumina (20g/L) before distillation. [Beilstein 4 IV 1166.]
ChEBI: An alkane-alpha,omega-diamine in which the alkane is ethane.
Burning rate: 2.2 mm/minute. When exposed to heat or flame, the material has a moderate fire potential. The material can react readily with oxidizing materials. Containers may explode in heat of fire. Material emits nitrogen oxides when burned. Avoid carbon disulfide, silver perchlorate, imines, oxidizing materials. Stable. Hazardous polymerization may not occur.
Air & Water Reactions
Highly flammable. Hygroscopic. Fumes in the air. Water soluble. Biodegrades readily.
[Note—Edamine is the recommended contraction for the ethylenediamine radical.].
 Formation of metal complexes with ethylenediamine: a critical survey of equilibrium constants, enthalpy and entropy values, Pure & Applied Chemistry, vol. 56, 1984, pp.491-522
 K. Segawa, S. Mizuno, M. Sugiura, S. Nakata, Selective synthesis of ethylenediamine from ethanolamine over modified H-mordenite catalyst, Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis, vol. 101, 1996, pp. 267-276
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Ethylenediamine can be synthesized from ethanolamine (EA) with ammonia over acidic types of zeolite catalyst.2 It is produced industrially by the reaction of 1,2-dichloroethane with ammonia in a liquid base under high temperature and high presseure.3 The synthesis of ethylenediamine from 1,2-dichloroethane is ClCH2CH2Cl + 2NH3 → NH2CH2CH2NH2*2HCl
ClCH2CH2Cl + NH2CH2CH2NH2*2HCl + 2NH3 → NH2CH2C H2NHCH2CH2NH3*3HCl + NH4HCl
Nevertheless, there are too many byproducts during the reaction. The key of this synthesis is to improve the selectivity of reaction product and the application of advanced separation methods to obtain high product purity.
Ethylenediamine is used in numerous industrial processes
as a solvent for casein or albumin, as a stabilizer
in rubber latex, and as a textile lubricant. It can be
found in epoxy resin hardeners, cooling oils, fungicides,
and waxes. Contact dermatitis from ethylenediamine
is almost exclusively due to topical medicaments.
Occupational contact dermatitis in epoxy resin systems
is rather infrequent. Ethylenediamine can crossreact
with triethylenetetramine and diethylenetriamine.
Ethylenediamine was found to be responsible for sensitization
in pharmacists handling aminophylline suppositories,
in nurses preparing and administering
injectable theophylline, and in a laboratory technician
in the manufacture of aminophylline tablets
Ligands in coordination chemistry
With the two nitrogen atoms, which can donate their lone pairs of electrons, ethylenediamine is widely used as a chelating ligand for coordination chemistry to form bonds to a transition-metal ion such as nickel (II).3 The bonds form between the metal ion and the nitrogen atoms of ethylenediamine. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) is a derivate of ethylenediamine and it is a versatile chelating agent, which could form chelates with both transition-metal ions and main-group ions. Ethylenediamine is mainly used to synthesize ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. EDTA is frequently used in soaps and detergents to form complexes with calcium and magnesium ions in hard water to improve the cleaning efficiency. Furthermore, EDTA is used extensively as a stabilizing agent in the food industry to promote color retention, to improve flavor retention, and to inhibit rancidity.
Ethylenediamine is used to facilitate the dissolution of theophylline. This combination is known as aminophylline and used to treat and prevent wheezing and trouble breathing caused by ongoing lung disease (e.g. asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis).4 It is evidenced that there is no molecular association between theophylline and ethylenediamine in biological media. The bioavailability of ethylenediamine is approximately 34% and of theophylline is about 88%.5
Ethylenediamine is used as an intermediate in the manufacture of tetraacetyl ethylenediamine (TAED), a bleaching activator, which is used in detergents and additives for laundry washing and dishwashing.6 The amount of TAED used in household cleaning products in Europe was estimated to be 61,000 t in 2001.
Ethylenediamine is in the manufacture of organic flocculants, urea resins, and fatty bisamides. It is used in the production of formulations for use in the printed circuit board and metal finishing industries. It is used as intermediate in the production of crop protection agents, hardeners for epoxy resins, leather industry, paint industry, fungicides in crop protection area, and textile industry.7 Ethylenediamine is also used as solvent and for the analytical chemistry. It is used to produce photographic fixer additive