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THF (Tetrahydrofuran)

THF (Tetrahydrofuran) Introduction:

Tetrahydrofuran (THF)  is a colorless, volatile liquid with an ethereal or acetonelike smell and is miscible in water and most organic solvents. Tetrahydrofuran is highly flammable and may thermally decompose to carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Name THF (Tetrahydrofuran)
Molecular Formula C4H8O / (CH2)4O / (CH2)3CH2O
Cas No. 109-99-9
Package Tank containers or Galvanized drums

THF (Tetrahydrofuran)

THF Industry Uses:

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.
Tetrahydrofuran is also used as a reaction medium, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry, in processes such as Grignard syntheses or lithium aluminium hydride reductions. Grignard synthesis examples include butyrolactone and succinic acid. THF is also used as a Grignard reagent in the synthesis of synthetic perfumes, pharmaceuticals, motor fuels and insecticides.
Tetrahydrofuran is a valuable chemical intermediate as it is a precursor to polymers, such as poly (tetramethylene ether) glycol.  The primary use of this polymer is the production of elastomeric polyurethane fibres like Spandex.  Tetrahydrofuran is also an intermediate in the natural gas industry where it is a natural gas odorant.
Other industry uses include in intermediates, processing aids and plasticisers.

Commercial Uses:

Commercial uses of Tetrahydrofuran include in adhesives, paints and coatings and solvents.

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