tertiary butyl ether (methyl tert-butyl ether, methyl t-butyl ether,
or MTBE) is a chemical compound used as a fuel additive in gasoline.
- MTBE is a
colorless, flammable liquid with a distinctive odor that many people
find unpleasant. It is soluble in alcohol and ether. It is unstable
in acidic solutions.
- Synonyms for
MTBE are methyl tert-butyl ether, tert-butyl methyl ether, and
tertiary butyl ether (MtBE) is a gasoline additive that boosts the
oxygen content in fuel (an oxygenate), resulting in less
air-polluting carbon monoxide being released from vehicle exhaust
synthetic and natural (clinoptilolite) zeolites, carbon fibrous
sulfonic cation exchanger,and aluminosilicate catalyst were first
tested as catalysts for production of methyl tert-butyl ether.
- MTBE oxidation
by alkane-grown cells of P. mendocina KR-1 is a cometabolic process
that involves the activity of an inducible n-alkaneoxidizing
monooxygenase enzyme system.
tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is commonly added to gasoline in the United
States for octane enhancement and as a fuel oxygenate. It is used in
large quantities each year to reduce levels of ozone and carbon
phytoremediation technology depends primarily on mass removal to
control the downgradient spread of dissolvedphase.
- MTBE. Cores of
live oak trees above a plume showed MTBE in the tree fluids. Some
field tests are ongoing at MTBE sites.
tert-butyl ether may be removed from environmental media by some of
the active or passive strategies typically employed for gasoline
remediation, including Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA).
- The blending
of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) into motor gasoline has
- MTBE usage
grew in response to octane demand resulting initially from the
phaseout of lead from gasoline and later from rising demand for
- The oxygenated
gasoline program stimulated an increase in MTBE production.
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