Agent Name

2-Methyltetrahydrofuran

CAS Number

96-47-9

Formula

C5-H10-O

Major Category

Solvents

Synonyms

2-Methyloxolane; Furan, 2-methyl-tetrahydro-; Furan, tetrahydro-2-methyl-; Methyltetrahydrofuran; Tetrahydro-2-methylfuran; Tetrahydrosylvan; [ChemIDplus] MTHF; [NTP: CSWG] UN2536

Category

Ethers (<C12)

Description

Clear, colorless to yellow liquid with a mildly irritating odor of ether; [NTP: CSWG]

Sources/Uses

Used as a specialty solvent and as a reactant in chemical manufacture, as a solvent for organometallic reagents, and for electrolytic solutions in lithium batteries; Also recently being used in gasoline alternative P-series fuels (blends of ethanol, methyltetrahydrofurans, and pentanes); [NTP: CSWG]

Comments

Stabilized with 0.025% BHT (CAS# 128-37-0); An eye irritant; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] See "Tetrahydrofuran."

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

97.3 mm Hg

Lethal Concentration

LC50 (rat) = 6,000 ppm/4hr

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

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