StructureTriethyl citrate (TEC)
CAS No. 77-93-0
EC No. 201-070-7
Synonyms 1,2, 3-Propanetricarboxylic acid, 2-hydroxy-, triethyl ester; 1,2,3-Propanetricarboxylic acid, 2-hydroxy-, triethyl ester; 2-Hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylic acid, delta triethyl ester; 2-Hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylic acid, triethyl ester; Ethyl citrate; TEC; Triaethylcitrat; Triethyl 2-hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylate

Triethyl citrate (TEC)

​Triethyl citrate is an ester of Citric Acid. Connect Chemicals is offering different grades of this product suitable for industrial as well as food and pharma applications.


  • Triethylcitrate is used as plasticizer in e.g. adhesives, inks, sealants, plastics and coatings. Here it does primarily reduce hardness of polymers and can be further used to regulate viscosity.
  • In the personal care industry it is used as solvent or diluent as well as a fixative for perfumes. As an active ingredient it can be also used in deodorants.

For use in cosmetics, Connect Chemicals does offer a grade based on natural raw materials only. This grade can be also used as flavor or flavor carrier in the food industry. An ECOCERT/COSMOS certificate is available. 

All grades are registered according to European REACh regulation.


Shelf Life

Under proper storage conditions, the shelf life is 24 months

Health & Safety

Detailed information on the product described can be found in our relevant Health and Safety Information (Material Safety Data Sheet).