Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is produced by dehydration of 1,4-butanediol. It is a neutral, colorless, volatile cycloaliphatic ether. It is highly polar and miscible with water. As an aprotic and medium polarity solvent, tetrahydrofuran is an excellent solvent for many organic substances. The chemical formula of this cyclic ether is (CH2)4O.
Precursor for polytetramethylene ether glycol.
Reaction solvent in pharmaceutical synthesis.
Solvent for resins, printing inks/paints, chromatography solvent.
Surface treatment agent.