Furoic Acid


Customary process for making furoic acid: Cannizzaro reaction, followed by acidification (Image by DalinYebo)

Furoic acid, is the oldest know furan derivative

First described in 1780 by Carl Wilhelm Scheele, furoic acid is the first down-line oxidation derivative of furfural and a versatile starting material for the synthesis of pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial chemicals. It is is frequently converted to furoyl chloride to be used in the production of drugs and insecticides. Furoic acid is also a feedstock for the production of Furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA), an important renewable building block, because it can substitute for terephthalic acid (PTA) in the production of polyesters.


Furoic Acid:


Molecular Weight:

112.08 g/mole

Physica State:

white to off-white crystalline powder

Boiling Point (760 mm Hg): 230 – 232 oC
Melting Point: 128 – 130 oC
Specific Gravity 25oC/25oC:

Refractive Index 20oC:

Viscosity at 25oC:

Flash Point (closed cup):

137 oC

Ignition Temperature:

Solubility in Water at 20 oC:



Furan-2-carboxylic acid; 2-Furoic acid; Pyromucic acid; 2-Furancarboxylic Acid; Furan-2-carbonsäure; ácido 2-furoico; Acide 2-furoïque; alpha-Furancarboxylic acid; alpha-Furoic acid; 2-Carboxyfuran; Kyselina 2-furoova; Kyselina pyroslizova; Furoic acid; Furoica.

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