Removing methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE) from water: The kinetics and mechanisms behind the electron beam advanced oxidation process

Stephen P. Mezyk, William J. Cooper, Christopher J. Cramer, Ned H. Martin, Kevin E. O'Shea, Clemens Von Sonntag

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Abstract

The large-scale use of MTBE as a high-octane gasoline additive in the US has resulted in its widespread contamination in both ground and drinking waters. As conventional water treatment methods of air stripping, adsorption onto granulated activated carbon, and biodegradation, are not effective advanced oxidation processes that incorporate free radical destruction of organics in water are being evaluated. Measured absolute rate constants were compared for the primary reaction of dissolved MTBE and its major degradation by-products with hydroxyl radicals, hydrated electrons, and hydrogen atoms in water with full description of the overall decomposition mechanism into a kinetic computer model. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 228th ACS National Meeting (Philadelphia, PA 8/22-26/2004).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)ENVR-83
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Volume228
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 20 2004
EventAbstracts of Papers - 228th ACS National Meeting - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2004Aug 26 2004

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