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Melamine and Guanamines

  1. George M. Crews1,
  2. Willi Ripperger2,
  3. Dietrich Burkhard Kersebohm3,
  4. Thomas Güthner4,
  5. Bernd Mertschenk5

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1002/14356007.a16_171.pub2

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

How to Cite

Crews, G. M., Ripperger, W., Kersebohm, D. B., Güthner, T. and Mertschenk, B. 2006. Melamine and Guanamines. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Melamine Chemicals, Inc., Donaldsonville, Louisiana, United States

  2. 2

    BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany

  3. 3

    BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany

  4. 4

    Degussa AG, Trostberg, Germany

  5. 5

    Degussa AG, Trostberg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

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The article contains sections titled:

2.Physical Properties
3.Chemical Properties
3.1.Thermal Behavior
3.3.Salt Formation
3.4.Reaction with Aldehydes
4.1.Low-Pressure Processes
4.1.1.BASF Process
4.1.2.Chemie Linz Process
4.1.3.Stamicarbon Process
4.2.High-Pressure Processes
4.2.1.Melamine Chemicals Process
4.2.2.Montedison (Ausind) Process
4.2.3.Nissan Process
5.Quality Specifications
6.Chemical Analysis
7.Storage and Transportation
9.Economic Aspects

Melamines (2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5-triazines) are produced from urea. They are used in the fabrication of melamine – formaldehyde resins for laminating and adhesive applications. Melanine is used as cross-linker in heat-cured and high-solids paint systems.

Guanamines (2,4-diamino-1,3,5-triazines) are produced from dicyandiamide and the corresponding nitrile by base-catalyzed cyclocondensation. They are used in similar polymer applications as for melamine. They give a lower cross-link density and higher flexibility because only two amino functionalities are present.

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Compound 2
Molecular Weight:620.4755
Molecular Formula:C18H12N28
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Compound 1
Molecular Weight:603.445
Molecular Formula:C18H9N27
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