Colorless, transparent liquid with an ether-like odor. Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is a strong solvent for natural and synthetic resins, especially vinyls. It is used in the manufacture of coatings, adhesives, magnetic tapes, printing inks, and Cellophane. Because THF is soluble in both water and organic solvents, it is chosen as an intermediate carrier in liquid chromatography solvent cycles.
Synonyms and Related Terms
THF; diethylene oxide; tetramethylene oxide; 1,4-epoxybutane; oxacyclopentane; Oxolane
- Flammable. Fire risk.
- Toxic by ingestion and inhalation.
- Skin contact may cause irritation.
- ThermoFisher: SDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in water and organic solvents.
|Melting Point||-108.4 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 72.11|
|Boiling Point||66 C|
Resources and Citations
- The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 9351
- G.G. Hawley, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 6th ed., 1961
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976