Uses and Properties

Amines catalysts are amines of relatively low molecular weight (compared to other raw materials used for producing polyurethane polymers), some of which are also hydroxyl-containing. These catalysts are available either as pure compounds, as blends with other catalysts, as dilutions with  solvents (e.g. glycol, water, etc.), or partially or completely neutralised with organic acid. Amines catalysts are used for producing polyurethane polymers, including flexible slabstock, high-resilience moulded, semi-flexible, integral skin, rigid moulded, rigid spray, packaging and one-component urethane foam systems. Applications also include solid and microcellular elastomer systems, coatings and sealants. In addition, amines are also used for closely related polyurethane reactions: biuret and allophanate reactions/trimerisation and polyurea forming.

The Polyurethane Amines Catalysts sector group (PURAMCAT) is a trade association bringing together the European manufacturers of polyurethane amines catalysts.

Issues and Regulations

  • Development of harmonized EU/ WGK/ transport classification
  • High Product Volume Programme
  • Environmental fate of PUR Amines Catalysts

Additional Information


  • provide a forum for collecting and exchanging information on health, safety and environmental issues;
  • communicate the industry’s views to other technical and scientific groups and organisations, official bodies and national and international authorities;
  • represent the polyurethane amines catalysts industry in Europe.


Cyclohexyldimethylamine, 2-dimethylaminoethanol, 4-ethylmorpholine, N,N,4-trimethylpiperazine-1-ethylamine, 1,4-dimethylpiperazine, 3-aminopropyldimethylamine, 2,2′-iminodiethanol, 1-methylimidazole, 1,2-dimethylimidazole, 2-[[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl]methylamino]ethanol, N-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]-N,N’,N’-trimethylpropane-1,3-diamine, formic acid, compound with 2,2′-oxybis[N,N-dimethylethylamine] (2:1), 1,1′-[[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]imino]bispropan-2-ol, + 2-[(2-[2-(dimethylamino)ethoxy]ethyl)methylamino]ethanol, Benzyldimethylamine 4-methylmorpholine, N,N,N’,N’-tetramethylhexamethylenediamine, 2-[2-(dimethylamino)ethoxy]ethanol, 1,4-diazabicyclooctane, Bis(2-dimethylaminoethyl)(methyl)amine, N,N,N’,N’-tetramethyl-2,2′-oxybis(ethylamine, 2,2′-dimorpholinyldiethyl ether, 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene, N’-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]-N,N-dimethylpropane-1,3-diamine, N,N,N’,N’,N”,N”-hexamethyl-1,3,5-triazine-1,3,5(2H,4H,6H)-tripropanamine, N,N-bis[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]-N’,N’-dimethylpropane-1,3-diamine


Chairman: Gabor Felber, Huntsman


Vollmann Marcelo
Sector Group Manager


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