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- We supply tetrahydrofuran in 2.5L and 25L containers, with discounts available for bulk orders
- This product is sold with over 99% purity levels and less than 0.05% water
- We also offer many other options, including customised labelling and specific pack sizes
- Contact us for further information or free technical advice
How is tetrahydrofuran produced?
There are several methods for the synthesis of tetrahydrofuran, including:
- Catalytic hydrogenation of furan in the presence of a nickel catalyst
- Decarbonylation of furfural in the presence of a zinc-chromium-molybdenum catalyst to form furan, which is subsequently hydrogenated to tetrahydrofuran
- Dehydration of 1,4-butanediol in the presence of an acidic catalyst: Reaction between acetylene and formaldehyde to generate 2-butyne-1,4-diol, which is subsequently hydrogenated to 1,4-butanediol. This saturated diol can be re-arranged into a ring to form tetrahydrofuran by acid catalysis at high temperature. This reaction can be done with a variety of catalysts, including rare-earth oxides, aluminium silicates and inorganic acids. This is known as the Reppe process.
- Another method involves oxidation of butadiene at high pressure (3MPa) and temperature (80 degree Celsius) in the presence of a palladium-tellurium catalyst to produce 1,4-diacetoxy-2-butene. This compound is then hydrogenated to 1,4-diacetoxybutane, and finally hydrolysed to tetrahydrofuran.
- The final method relies on a two-step process starting with n-butane. The first step involves oxidation to produce maleic anhydride and subsequent hydrogenation over a rhenium-doped palladium catalyst to synthesise tetrahydrofuran.
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All our products come with 100% quality guarantee and are usually shipped within 24 hours after purchase. We offer a wide range of products, from petrochemicals to pharmaceuticals, as well as specialised products and specific test kits. If you need help with your order, a member of staff will be glad to help. We also offer free technical advice.
|BulkCode||Hazard Statement Code||Description|
|2519||H335||May cause respiratory irritation.|
|2519||H319||Causes serious eye irritation.|
|2519||H225||Highly flammable liquid and vapour.|
|BulkCode||Precautionary Statement Code||Description|
|2519||P280||Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.|
|2519||P501||Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.|
|2519||P210||Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking.|
|2519||P243||Take precautionary measures against static discharge.|
|2519||P233||Keep container tightly closed.|
|ADR/RID Shipping Name||TETRAHYDROFURAN|
|ADR/RID Shipping Class||3|
|ADR/RID Packing Group||II|
The following files are available to download:
|Product ID||Product||post_status||Bulk||Download SDS File|
|3799||Tetrahydrofuran (THF)||publish||2519||https://www.chemicals.co.uk/uploads/documents/44 - 2519 - SDS21135.pdf|