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Poly(tetramethylene ether) glycol

Poly(tetramethylene ether) glycol ia a polyether polyol. It is also known as PTMEG or polytetrahydrofuran and various tradenames such as "Terathane" and "PolyTHF". One of its CAS Registry Numbers is [25190-06-1].

It is prepared by acid-catalyzed polymerization of tetrahydrofuran.[1]. The polymers are of moderate size, usually having number average molecular weights of between 250 and 3000 da, for example see the "Terathane" series of PTMEG from Invista[2].

The main use for PTMEG polymers is to make elastomeric fibers such as Spandex[1]. These elastomers are either polyurethanes made by reacting PTMEG with diisocyanates, or polyesters made by reacting PTMEG with diacids or their derivatives[3].


  1. ^ a b "Polyethers, Tetrahydrofuran and Oxetane Polymers by Gerfried Pruckmayr, P. Dreyfuss, M. P. Dreyfuss". Kirk‑Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. (1996). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 
  2. ^ Physical properties for the range of Terathane PTMEG polymers. Retrieved on 2007-09-06.
  3. ^ Uses of PTMEG polyols. Retrieved on 2007-09-06.
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