Reaxis®  C216 - Dioctyltin Dilaurate

REAXIS® C216 (Dioctyltin Dilaurate), also commonly abbreviated as DOTL, has been one of the most commonly used octyl-based organotins as tin catalysts for polyurethane and silicone condensation reactions. REAXIS® C216 has been the traditional go-to replacement for its butyl analogue, REAXIS® C218 (Dibutyltin Dilaurate). Due to the recent EU regulatory classification of dioctyltin dilaurate as a “Substance of Very High Concern” (SVHC), there has been a demand for alternatives for butyl-based organotins typical either of an octyltin or inorganic tin nature.

Alternative products for DOTL would include other octyl derivatives such as REAXIS® C228 (Dioctyltin Diacetate), REAXIS® C318 (Dioctyltin Dineodecanote) or REAXIS® C314 (Dioctyltin bis-(2-ethylhexyl Maleate). Inorganic tin alternatives would include REAXIS® C125 (Stannous Neodecanoate) and REAXIS® C129 (Stannous Octoate). All the above-mentioned products are neat liquids with varying metal content and ligand make-up.

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Technical Information

  • Product Category Organotin

  • Chemical Name Dioctyltin Dilaurate

  • CAS Number 3648-18-8

Typical Specifications

Parameter Range
Tin Content (%) 15.0 - 16.5
Color (Gardner Number) 3 Max
Density (g/ml) 1.01 - 1.03
Refractive Index (nD @20°C) 1.470 - 1.480

International Regulatory Listings

  • TSCA (US) Yes

  • DSL (Canada) Yes

  • REACH (EU) Yes

  • AICS (Australia) Yes

  • KECI (South Korea) Yes

  • IECSC (China) Yes

  • ENCS (Japan) Yes

  • TCSI (Taiwan) Yes

  • NZloC (New Zealand) Yes

  • PICCS (The Philippines) Yes


REAXIS® C216 and its alternatives can be used as a homogeneous catalyst in a wide spectrum of polyurethane and silicone applications including adhesives and sealants, elastomers and plastics, and coatings. Silicone-based applications for DOTL include: acetoxy-, ethoxy- and oxime-based Room Temperature Vulcanizing (RTV) adhesives and sealants, polyethylene crosslinked silanes (PEX), and select silane-modified polymers (SMPs). In regard to polyurethane applications, REAXIS® C216 can be used for most related applications including coatings, adhesives and sealants, elastomers, and foams



The reactivity and raw material compatibility of REAXIS® C216 should be somewhat similar to its butyl tin analogue, REAXIS® C218.  Due to the larger alkyl group and steric effects and lower active tin metal content (16% vs 18%), REAXIS® C216 is expected to be somewhat slower in reactivity compared to REAXIS® C218, although this would be highly formulation specific. This reactivity difference is evidenced both in polyurethane and silicone chemistries in general, across all applications. In regard to silicone reactions, REAXIS® C216, like all tin-based catalysts, will catalyze the silanol/silane condensation reaction thus acting as both a polymerization and crosslinking catalysts. As a polyurethane catalyst, REAXIS® C216, will preferentially catalyze the urethane reaction and to a lesser extent the water reaction, thus acting as a polymerization/gelation catalyst.



Package & Storage

  • 440 lb (200 kg) steel drum
  • 44 lb (20 kg) plastic pail

REAXIS® C216 should be stored in the original packaging at moderate temperatures and kept from freezing. The container should be closed tightly after each use to maximize shelf life. Characteristic of most Sn(IV) organotins, the primary cause of instability would be hydrolysis. Hydrolysis results in the formation of tin oxide insolubles leading to deactivation.


Safety and Handling

Before use of Reaxis products please refer to the relevant Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and toxicological data as well as for the information on proper transportation, storage, and use. SDSs are available by request via our web site, contacting your local representative, or emailing direct to




Hazard Classification (US SDS)

Section Hazard Class Category Hazard Statement
A.7 reproductive toxicity 1B H360D
A.8 specific target organ toxicity - single exposure 2 H371
A.9 specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure 1 H372

Hazard Pictograms (US SDS)


Transportation Information (US SDS)

DOT IMDG ICAO Environment Hazard
UN Number not subject to transport regulations not subject to transport regulations not subject to transport regulations non-environmentally hazardous acc. to the dangerous goods regulations
Un Proper Shipping Name not relevant not relevant not relevant
Transport Class none none none
Packing Group not assigned not assigned not assigned

Primary Composition Substance(s)

  • dioctyltin dilaurate

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