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2-Methyltetrahydrofuran acts as a solvent in organic synthesis. It is considered as a replacement for terahydrofuran due to its higher reaction temperature and easy separation after reaction. It is also useful in the electrolyte formulation for secondary lithium electrodes and as a component in alternative fuels. Further, it is used as a solvent for spectroscopic studies at -1960C. It also acts as a solvent for Grignard reagent in organometallic reactions. In addition to this, it plays an important role as a motor fuel.
Cryosolvent. Has been proposed as a chlorine-free alternative solvent to dichloromethane in two-phase, including acylation and phase transfer alkylation, reactions. The water-saturated system (ca 39 mL/L) is more polar than the dry solvent, and it forms a useful azeotrope with water (ca 9 : 1), facilitating drying: Synlett, 2353 (2003).
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Patankar, S. C.; Yadav, G. D. Cascade Engineered Synthesis of gama-Valerolactone, 1,4-Pentanediol, and 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran from Levulinic Acid Using Pd-Cu/ZrO2 Catalyst in Water as Solvent. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2015, 3 (11), 2619-2630.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H225-H313
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