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Furfuryl Alcohol

Last updated: July 15, 2019

What Does Furfuryl Alcohol Mean?

Furfuryl alcohol is a chemical compound containing furan substituted with a hydroxymethyl group. It is manufactured primarily by the hydrogenation of furfural, which is produced from organic biomass material such as corncobs, sugarcane bagasse and rice hulls. Visually, furfuryl alcohol is a colorless liquid, but it can become amber in color when aged.

This compound is used primarily as a monomer for the synthesis of furan resins, which are in turn used to produce various adhesives, coatings and cement.


Corrosionpedia Explains Furfuryl Alcohol

Furfuryl alcohol is considered to be highly reactive and plays an active role in the production of binder compounds. Some of the most renowned properties of this chemical are its low viscosity and excellent solvent characteristics. These attributes have made furfuryl alcohol an essential chemical in numerous industries. Applications for furfuryl alcohol include:

  • The production of corrosion-resistant fiber-reinforced plastics
  • The manufacture of corrosion-resistant cement and mortars
  • A viscosity reducer for epoxy resins
  • Formulation of paint thinners and cleaning compounds
  • A chemical building block for drug synthesis

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