Hexamethylenetetramine

Other Trading Names:

  • Hexamine
  • Methenamine
  • Urotropine
  • Formin
  • Aminoform
  • HMTA

CAS Number: 100-97-0

HS Code: 29336990

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Specifications

Appearance (Color)

White

Appearance (Form)

Powder or Crystals

Titration with NaOH

99.0 - 101.0 %

Loss on Drying

< 2.0 %

Residue on Ignition

< 0.1 %

Infrared Spectrum

Conforms to Structure

Heavy Metal

< 0.001%

Chemical Description 

  • Hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) is a water soluble, heterocyclic organic compound with a cage-like structure resembling adamantane. It is commonly used in treating urinary tract infection.
  • Hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) may be used as: Raw material in the synthesis of blue emitting boron carbon oxynitride (BCNO) phosphors and Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods. Catalyst in the synthesis of 2-amino-4H-pyran derivatives.
  • Surfactant in the synthesis of HMTA capped transition metals doped ZnS nanoparticles. Precipitant and template in the synthesis of Ni(OH)2. The dominant use of hexamethylenetetramine is in the production of solid (powder) or liquid phenolic resins and phenolic resin molding compounds, in which it is added as a hardening component. These products are used as binders, e.g., in brake and clutch linings, abrasives, non-woven textiles, formed parts produced by molding processes, and fireproof materials.
  • Together with 1,3,5-trioxane, hexamethylenetetramine is a component of hexamine fuel tablets used by campers, hobbyists, the military and relief organizations for heating camping food or military rations. It burns smokeless, has a high energy density of 30.0 megajoules per kilogram (MJ/kg), does not liquify while burning, and leaves no ashes, although its fumes are toxic.
  • Hexamethylenetetramine or hexamine is also used as a food additive as a preservative (INS number 239). It is approved for usage for this purpose in the EU, where it is listed under E number E239, however it is not approved in the USA, Russia, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • Hexamethylenetetramine is the base component to produce RDX and, consequently, C-4] as well as octogen (a co-product with RDX), hexamine dinitrate, hexamine diperchlorate and HMTD.
  • Hexamethylenetetramine is also used in pyrotechnics to reduce combustion temperatures and decrease the color intensity of various fireworks. Because of its ash-free combustion, hexamethylenetetramine is also utilized in indoor fireworks alongside magnesium and lithium salts.
  • preserves food products such as fish and marinated mussels. It hydrolysed in acidic medium to produce formaldehyde, which is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent. However, its relatively high toxicity limits its application to provolone cheese.
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