Benzyldimethylamine is a colorless to light yellow liquid organic compound with an aromatic odor. Its chemical formula is C6H5CH2N(CH3)2 and its CAS is 103-83-3.
The molecule C6H5CH2N(CH3)2 contains the benzyl group, C6H5CH2, attached to a dimethylamino functional group. It is primarily used as a catalyst for the formation of polyurethane foams and epoxy resins.
The amine is basic and undergoes quaternization with methyl iodide to produce the ammonium salt [C6H5CH2N(CH3)3]+I−. These salts are useful as phase transfer catalysts.