Sunday, February 27, 2011


Methylamine is a colorless gas that is used in all sorts of things such as electronics, photographs, personal care products, and rubber! Are you interested in any of those things? If so, get a hold of this facinating organic compound!

Think of a life without your cell phone, iPod, and digital camera- that's what it would be like without methylamine products! If you're interested in improving the electronic industry, keep on reading! Di and Trimethylamine are used to make benzyldimethylamine, which can be used as an accelerator for epoxy resins in laminates for electrical equipment.

Have you ever wondered how film is developed for photographs, and thought of taking that course in life? If that's the case, then you should know that methylamine has a part in composing photographic chemicals. If you're interested in becoming a technician in a lab developing photographs, you can work with methylamine and develop what will becoming timeless memories from some!

Methylamine is also used in personal care products like soap and hair products. It contributes to betaines and fatty amide/amine oxides which are part of liquid soaps. Without this compound your body would be grimy and dirty, and your hair would be greasy! Ladies- think of your morning applying makeup or some type of cosmetic involved? Methylamine is also used in cosmetics!

Have you ever used rubber gloves for any purpose at all? If so, then you have utalized methylamine! Methylamine is used as a stabalizer for natural rubber latex, instead of using ammonia.
Think of all you can do with methylamine...why wouldn't you want it?! Methylamine can keep you clean and nice looking, it keeps your electronics safe and operating, it helps save your favorite memories, and always keeps your hands clean when in a messy situation! Whatever you need, Methylamine can help

About Methylamine and it's Intermolecular Forces of Attraction

 Methylamine is a naturally colorless gas, and a derivative of ammonia. Sometimes it is sold and methanol and ethanol. It's natural use is in plants, which it serves as a buffering agent in the lumen (a membrane of plants) of the chloroplast. It then takes off the protons that are used in ATP synthase.   Methylamine is also very good at dissolving organic substances, more so than liquid ammonia.

There are 3 types of forces of attraction and all of these happen to apply to methylamine.

The first is London Dispersion. Dispersion forces are caused by the motion of electrons, and it causes temporary poles. Dispersion forces exist between every molecule at one time or another, between two molecules that ocme close together. It is the weakest of all three forces, and it is also the only force that attractions 2 nonpolar molecules

The second force of attration is Dipole Dipole. This type of force occurs within molecules with two oppositely charged ends and it's a permanent force of attraction. It occurs due to the electrostatic attraction between positive and negative charges. In methylamine, the dipole dipole occurs because of the seperation of charges between carbon and nitrogen

The last force of attraction is Hydrogen Bonding. Hydrogen bonding is a special case of dipole dipole, and the strongest of the three. What sets it apart from dipole dipole is that there most be a bond between hydrogen and either oxygen, flourine, or nitrogen. In methylamine, hydrogen is bonded to nitrogen.

The polarity of CH3NH2

The above photo is a 3-D model of the molecule methylamine, also known as CH3NH2. Carbon is the central atom, which is represented by the black sphere, the nitrogen represented by the blue sphere, and the five hydrogen atoms are represented by the white spheres. CH3NH2 is a Carbon has an electronegativity value  of 2.5, nitrogen's electronegativity value is 3.0 and hydrogen has an electronegativity value of 2.2. Because the natural flow of polarity goes from the atom with the smallest electronegativity value to the greatest, polarity flows from hydrogen (that's bonded to the nitrogen) to the nitrogen, hydrogen (that's bonded to the carbon) to the carbon, and carbon to the nitrogen.

The charge of this molecule is not evenly distributed, and the unshared electron pairs make the molecule even more negative, which just increases how uneven this molecule is. CH3NH2 has two oppositely charged ends, and bonds between hydrogen and nitrogen, which makes it a polar molecule.

The easiest way to tell if a molecule is polar or nonpolar is to make a Lewis or dash structure which is shown above. One easy way to tell if it's polar is if the central atom has unpaired electrons, which it does in this case. Another way to tell polarity is if there is a bond between hydrogen and either nitrogen (in this case), oxygen, or flourine. If neither of those apply, then you need to look at the electronegativity charges to find out.