TMO – replacement to hydrocarbon solvents such as toluene


TMO (2,2,5,5-tetramethyloxolane) is a non-peroxide forming ether solvent that can replace common hydrocarbon solvents such as toluene. TMO demonstrates the ability to produce high molecular weight radical-initiated polymers for use as pressure-sensitive adhesives. TMO is suitable for a wide range of applications including coating industry, reaction media and liquid-liquid extractions.


Key features:

  • Non-polar solvent (VNP)
  • Easy to remove – low boiling point
  • Performs like traditional hydrocarbon solvents
  • Low production cost


  • Melting point: <-90ºC
  • Boiling point: 112ºC
  • Autoignition temperature: 417ºC
  • Density 0.802 g/ml
  • Log Kow: 2.40
  • Immiscible with water

Possible replacement to

Hazardous solvents such as hexane, toluene and cyclohexane.

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