EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)




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ReAgent can supply EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) in 500g containers with discounts available for bulk orders over 4 items. All our products come with 100% quality guarantee and are usually shipped within 24 hours.

EDTA applications as a chelating agent

Although EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) can be used in multiple applications, from buffer solutions to additives and water testing, its most important use in several industries is as a chelating agent, with the ability to bind several polyvalent cations, such as calcium or iron. For example, in the textile industry, it’s used in the manufacturing process to prevent impurities (mostly in the form of metal ions) from modifying the final colours of the products. Similarly, in the paper industry, the use of EDTA inhibit the activity of metal ions from promoting the disproportionation of hydrogen peroxide, which would have serious consequences during bleaching. Finally, this metal-buddy compound is also a common ingredient in many soaps and detergents, forming complexes with calcium and magnesium in order to stop its interference with the cleaning process.

Safety issues

In its pure form, EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is classed as Irritant, particularly to the eyes. However, diluted solutions are less dangerous, making this compound very appealing as it can inactivate metal ions, in a relatively safe manner, compared to stronger substances also capable of dissolving metals, like strong acids, for example. Nevertheless, it’s still vital that all those handling EDTA do so safely, by consulting the MSDS Sheet, which is available to download from our website, and using appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

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