Used as analytical reagents, solvents, catalysts, dehydration condensing agent, protection agent of trifluoroacetylation of carboxyl and amino; used as Intermediate of fluorine fine chemicals, pharmaceutical, agrochemical.
Clear, colorless liquid
Purification by distilling over KMnO4, as for the acid above, is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS due to the possiblility of EXPLOSION. It is best purified by distilling from P2O5 slowly, and collecting the fraction boiling at 39.5o. Store it in a dry atmosphere. Highly TOXIC vapour and attacks skin, work in an efficient fume hood. [Beilstein 2 IV 469.]