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What is urea

Urea, also known as carbamide or urea n46, is the most regularly used nitrogen fertilizer in the world. Numerous agricultural and polymer applications employ this additive, and it can effectively reduce automotive-related air pollutants.

As the most frequently manufactured organic chemical, urea is in enormous demand in both first-world and developing countries. More than one million pounds are produced every year in the U.S. alone. If you are a urea supplier in North America, choose Brenntag as the distributor you need for your carbamide and similar products.

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Urea Chemical Property Information

Urea is a compound produced from a chemical formula of carbon dioxide and ammonia. It is composed of 46 percent nitrogen, making it the most concentrated nitrogen fertilizer available. The compound contains a carbonyl group attached to two amine groups. Human and animal urine naturally contains urea as the result of ammonia produced by amino acid deamination. It can also be synthesized artificially. The compound is solid, white, and odorless, and it is sold in either crystal or pellet form. Feed-grade urea used for cattle feed has a slightly different chemical formula from traditional carbamide. The feed-grade compound generally has a higher biuret content, lower moisture content, and a lower pH. It features a solid white prill and a round, even shape. Feed-grade urea is produced via the synthesis of nitrogen and natural gas found in the atmosphere, while traditional urea is created naturally or synthetically.

Agriculture and Urea

More than 90% of all urea produced in the world is used as fertilizer. The substance is adaptable for various crops and features a high nitrogen content that encourages plant growth. Feed-grade urea can also provide protein to livestock as an ingredient in cattle feed.

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Other industries using urea

Additionally, urea plays a vital role in the polymer industry. Plastics, inks, textile finishes, adhesives, and similar products all contain the substance. You can also use urea to produce resins, which are commonly used in plywood production, cosmetics, and paints. More recently, urea has been used to reduce air pollution from diesel engines. These engines produce high concentrations of the pollutant nitric oxide, which can be removed if it reacts with ammonia. However, since ammonia is unsafe to handle alone, a solution of urea can be dissolved in water and injected into the exhaust's gases. It will safely decompose to carbon dioxide and ammonia, thus reducing the nitric oxide pollutant to nitrogen.

Choose Brenntag as Your Urea Distributor

If you are looking to partner with a world-class urea distributor, choose the team at Brenntag North America. As one of the top ingredient and chemical solutions providers in the world, we can fully meet your needs with fertilizer-grade and feed-grade urea.

Beyond carbamide, we offer an extensive range of raw materials to meet the needs of nearly any market. You will find more than 10,000 products supplied by an industry-leading supplier base, offering a holistic solution for your chemical and ingredient needs. Contact us to learn more about partnering with Brenntag as your urea distributor.

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