Ethylene diamine is a strongly alkaline, colorless to yellowish liquid, with ammonia-like odor, completely miscible with water and soluble in alcohol. It is widely used as a building block for polymers and as a ligand for coordination compounds. Ethylenediamines are produced by the reaction of aqueous ammonia with 1,2-dichloroethane. Ethylene diamine is used in large quantities for production of many industrial chemicals. The principal hazards that arise in working with ethylenediamine (EDA) are those associated with similar organic amines; namely, a corrosive action on skin and eyes.
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