Agent Name

Tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol

CAS Number

97-99-4

Formula

C5-H10-O2

Major Category

Solvents

Synonyms

2-(Hydroxymethyl)tetrahydrofuran; 2-Furanmethanol, tetrahydro-; Furfuryl alcohol, tetrahydro-; QO THFA; THFA; Tetrahydro-2-furancarbinol; Tetrahydro-2-furanmethanol; Tetrahydro-2-furanylmethanol; Tetrahydro-2-furfuryl alcohol; Tetrahydro-2-furylmethanol; Tetrahydrofurfurylalkohol [Czech]; Tetrahydrofuryl carbinol; Tetrahydrofurylalkohol [Czech]; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Other Solvents

Description

Clear liquid with a mild odor; [Hawley]

Sources/Uses

Used as a solvent (fats, waxes, and resins) and in organic synthesis; [Merck Index] Used as a cleaner, paint stripper, and solvent (replacement for chlorinated solvents); Also used in crop sprays, water-based paints, and to make pharmaceuticals and elastomers; [HSDB]

Comments

A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; Inhalation of high concentrations may cause CNS effects; [ICSC] After exposure for 4 hours to 4700 ppm, narcosis but no deaths among 4 rats were observed. [AIHA] An irritant; Effects in high-dose animal studies include convulsions and general anesthesia; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
WEEL

0.5 ppm

Vapor Pressure

0.8 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 75 deg C; [ICSC]

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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