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THF only for Pharmaceutical Industry? No!

- May 18, 2018 -

THF Use as a Solvent

People know THF is for Pharmaceutical Industry use, but if it has other usage, definitely Yes. PVC and Poly Glycol. Please see the following information:

Probably one of the most common applications is as a solvent. A solvent is used to create solutions, and in this case THF serves to dissolve or form solutions with other organic compounds. In the chemical industry, THF is the solvent of choice in making polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is the plastic that a lot of our indoor plumbing and sprinkler system pipes are made out of.

THF is also a popular solvent choice for small-scale laboratory experiments, mainly because it can dissolve a wide variety of organic compounds and has a relatively low boiling point. The low boiling point is convenient because it makes the solvent easy to remove from the chemical reaction by evaporation.

Polymerization Applications

It turns out that if you take THF and expose it to a strong acid, it will polymerize (form a repeating network of THF molecules) into what's called poly(tetramethylene ether) glycol or PTMEG for short. That's a long, complicated name, but PTMEG is the polymer used for making something a lot of use daily, spandex!

If you want to buy THF, please contact helen@gpcchem.com.