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  Treatment of MTBE Using Fenton's Reagent (EPA/600/JA-00/193) 2000

This paper addresses the removal of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) from water, using Fenton's Reagent. Although complete mineralization of MTBE by Fenton's Reagent was not achieved, greater than 99 percent of the MTBE was destroyed. This was accomplished at a 1:1 ratio of iron to hydrogen peroxide (Fe+2:H2O2) after one hour of contact time.

In all tests, twice the stoichiometric ratio of hydrogen peroxide to MTBE was used. The major by-products were tertiary butyl alcohol, tertiary butyl formate, and acetone with traces of 2-methyl-1-propene (isobutene). While small quantities of oxygen evolved, no significant quantity of carbon dioxide gas was detected.


Asim Ray

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