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Fuel Oxygenates

With contributions by numerous experts

Barceló, Damià (Ed.)

2007, XVI, 411 p.

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  • Methyl- and ethyl-tertiary butylethers are widely used as fuel oxygenates
  • Compiles the most important data and facts on their occurrence, fate and removal procedures
  • Chapters on health risks and taste and odor issues are also included

The state-of-the-art on fuel oxygenates, and in particular of MTBE in groundwater, is presented in this book. Historically, oxygenates like MTBE were developed in the 1970s as octane enhancers to replace toxic additives like lead, which were phased out of gasoline. The presence of oxygenates in gasoline promotes cleaner fuel combustion within the engine, boosts fuel octane values and reduces vehicle emissions.

Another relevant oxygenate is ethyl-tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE), which has increasingly replaced MTBE.

This book deals mainly with the problems associated with the contamination of groundwater by MTBE and TBA, but ETBE is also considered. The book, written by recognized specialists in the field, is organized in sections covering state-of-the-art analytical methods, including specific isotopic analysis, occurrence in the environment, transport and degradation processes, treatment technologies and human health risks. It offers a unique opportunity not only for scientists who want to get more comprehensive information on this subject but also for policy makers and stakeholders that need to manage real-world environmental problems associated with fuel oxygenate

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Additiv - Drinking water - Fuel - Groundwater - MTBE - Water pollution - combustion

Related subjects » Environmental Science & Engineering - Environmental Toxicology - Mechanical Engineering - Pollution and Remediation - Water Quality, Pollution and Health

Table of contents 

Novel Analytical Methods for the Determination of Fuel Oxygenates in Water.- Occurrence and Fate of MTBE in the Aquatic Environment Over the Last Decade.- Occurrence of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether and Other Fuel Oxygenates in Source Water and Drinking Water of the United States.- Biodegradability of Oxygenates by Microflora from MTBE-Contaminated Sites: New Molecular Tools.- Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) to Characterise Degradation Pathways and to Quantify In-Situ Degradation of Fuel Oxygenates and Other Fuel-Derived Contaminants.- Spreading of MTBE and Chlorinated Hydrocarbons in Groundwater: Comparison of Groundwater Transport and Plume Dimensions.- Enhanced Natural Attenuation of MTBE.- Bioremediation of groundwater contaminated with MTBE/TBA.- Adsorption and Abiotic Degradation of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE).- Microbial Degradation of MTBE in Reactors.- Remediation Technologies and Costs for Cleaning MTBE Contaminated Groundwater.- Removal of MTBE and Other Fuel Oxygenates During Drinking Water Treatment.- Toxicological Review of Methyl- and Ethyl-tertiary-Butyl Ethers.- MTBE: WHO Guidelines and Taste and Odour Issues for Drinking Water.

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