2-Methyltetrahydrofuran is an organic synthesis starting material and solvent. It can be used as an ideal substitute for tetrahydrofuran solvent. It is mainly used as a solvent for resin, natural rubber, ethyl cellulose and chloroacetic acid-vinyl acetate copolymer. It is used to extract aliphatic acids, which is lower than the commonly used low boiling point solvent. Good; it can also be used as an initiator for the polymerization of ethylene derivatives or butadiene, and can also be made into 1,3-pentadiene; it is also very important in the smelting industry of uranium. In addition, 2-methyltetrahydrofuran is also a raw material for the pharmaceutical industry, and can be used for the synthesis of anti-tuberculosis phosphates such as primaquine phosphate and chloroquine phosphate.
There are various methods for the preparation of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran, which can be used with different starting materials and different catalysts.