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5-Hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde is used as an intermediate of OMBF (5,5'-oxydimethylenebis(2- furfural)), crown ethers. It is used in organic synthesis to prepare dialdehydes, glycols, ethers, amino alcohols and acetals. It acts as an antioxidant found in some fruit juices and caramel products.
Demirhan, B. E.; Demirhan, B.; Sonmez, C.; Torul, H.; Tamer, U.; Yentur, G. Short communication: Determination of potential 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde and 2-furaldehyde compounds in follow-on milks and infant formulas using the high-performance liquid chromatography method. J. Dairy Sci. 2015, 98 (2), 818-822.
Lee, Y.; Gao, Q.; Kim, E.; Lee, Y.; Park, S. J.; Lee, H. E.; Jang, D. S.; Ryu, J. H. Pretreatment with 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde blocks scopolamine-induced learning deficit in contextual and spatial memory in male mice. Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav 2015, 134, 57-64.
Hazard Statements: H227-H315-H319-H335-H373
Combustible liquid. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P235-P260-P264b-P271-P280-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P314-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P370+P378q-P501c
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep cool. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. Get medical advice/attention if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant