Adsorption and abiotic degradation of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE)

Claudia Oehm, Catalin Stefan, Peter Werner, Axel Fischer

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This chapter explores the role of abiotic reactions such as acid catalysis (hydrolysis) as well as the adsorption of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and other fuel oxygenates in environmental issues as the remediation of these substances is notoriously difficult. First of all, these methods are briefly classified with other abiotic technologies. The suitability of hydrolysis and adsorption for the remediation of water contaminated by fuel oxygenates is then discussed in detail, with information being provided about the principle of the reactions, potential catalysts and sorbents, limitations of the reactions, and practical implications. To conclude, the possible application of hydrolysis and adsorption in combination with other remediation techniques is also examined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuel Oxygenates
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHandbook of Environmental Chemistry, Volume 5: Water Pollution
Volume5 Y
ISSN (Print)1433-6863


  • Abiotic remediation
  • Acid catalysis
  • Adsorption
  • Hydrolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution


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