Masters Theses


Liang Yu


"Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is frequently used as a gasoline additive to reduce carbon monoxide emissions from vehicles. Due to this, MTBE contaminant of selected water supplies has occurred. Thus, MTBE is classified as a possible human carcinogen by USEPA. Unfortunately, it is difficult to remediate MTBE from contaminated sites for low Henry's constant and high water solubility. Some studies suggest that alternative fuel oxygenates would be preferable to MTBE based on Treatability consideration. One of the most promising land effective treatment methods for MTBE is granular activated carbon (GAC) adsorption especially at low flow rates. The purpose of this investigation was to develop the isotherms on two common GACs for MTBE and the alternative fuel oxygenates -- ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE), tert-amyl methyl ether (TAME), diisopropyl ether (DIPE) and tert-butyl alcohol (TBA). Additionally, the competitive adsorption between MTBE and benzene modeled for both carbons"--Abstract, page iv.


Ludlow, Douglas K.

Committee Member(s)

Adams, C. D. (Craig D.)
Neogi, P. (Partho), 1951-


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Chemical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2003

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

Adsorption of MTBE and alternative fuel oxygenates on granular activated carbon


ix, 66 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2003 Liang Yu, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Restricted Access

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Subject Headings

Butyl methyl ether -- Environmental aspects
Carbon, Activated -- Absorption and adsorption

Thesis Number

T 8223

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