What is tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol used for?

THFA is used as a chemical intermediate in pharmaceutical industry, and is added as an absorption enhancer to various lotions and transdermal medications (Allen 1993). THFA is also being investigated for use as an additive in “clean” fuels, allowing diesel and ethanol to be mixed.

Is tetrahydrofuran an alcohol?

Tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol is a primary alcohol that is methanol in which one of the hydrogens of the methyl group has been replaced by a tetrahydrofuran-2-yl group. It has a role as a protic solvent. It is a primary alcohol and a member of oxolanes.

What is THFA?

Tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) is an organic compound used as a solvent in many applications and products intended for both professionals (a chemical intermediate in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, a solvent in pesticides) and consumers.

What is the use of tetrahydrofuran?

THF (Tetrahydrofuran) is a stable compound with relatively low boiling point and excellent solvency. It is widely-used for dissolution and reaction of various substances. Also it is used as a starting material for the synthesis of poly(tetramethylene ether) glycol (PTMG), etc.

Where is tetrahydrofuran used?

Tetrahydrofuran has many industry uses as a solvent including in natural and synthetic resins, high polymers, fat oils, rubber, polymer and protective coating, adhesives, inks, tetramethyl lead, PVC and in the production of nylon and adipic acid.

What does tetrahydrofuran smell like?

Tetrahydrofuran is a colorless liquid with an Ether-like odor. It is used as a monomer, a solvent for natural and synthetic resins, and a chemical intermediate. * Tetrahydrofuran is on the Hazardous Substance List because it is regulated by OSHA and cited by ACGIH, DOT, NIOSH, NFPA and EPA.

How is tetrahydrofuran made?

THF can also be synthesized by catalytic hydrogenation of furan. This allows certain sugars to be converted to THF via acid-catalyzed digestion to furfural and decarbonylation to furan, although this method is not widely practiced. THF is thus derivable from renewable resources.