Edetic acid

IUPAC Name: 2-[2-[bis(carboxymethyl)amino]ethyl-(carboxymethyl)amino]acetic acid

Source: Used in cleaning and disinfection agents.

Summary: Edetic acid (EDTA) is used extensively for its ability to bind ions to metals (known as chelating). Its role in disinfection and cleaning agents in different industries are all due to the removal capacity of heavy metals using this property. It has applications in many industries, such as an additive in food for its antioxidant properties. It may also be used as a pesticide. It has a solublity of 1,000 mg/L at 25 C in water and a density of 0.86 g/mL. Upon decomposition it produces oxides of nitrogen and sodium. It has an acid dissociation constant of pKa = 0.26. A Koc value of 313 predicts moderate mobility within soil.

GHS Hazard Statement: H302, H303, H312, H315, H319, H320, H332, H335, H361, H372, H373, H412, GHS07, GHS08