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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 contamination of our groundwater resources.
T. Schmidt and M.A. Jochmann: Novel Analytical Methods for the Determination of Fuel Oxygenates in Water.- M. Rosell, S. Lacorte and D. Barcelo: Occurrence and Fate of MTBE in the Aquatic Environment over the last Decade.- M.J. Moran: Occurrence of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether and other Fuel Oxygenates in Source Water and Drinking Water of the United States.- B. Babe, D. Labbe, F. Monot, C.W. Greer and F. Fayolle-Guichard: Biodegradability of Oxygenates by Microflora from MTBE-Contaminated Sites: New Molecular Tools.- M. Rosell, M.M. Haggblom and H. Richnow: Compound Specific Isotope Analysis to Characterize Degradation Pathways and to Quantify In-Situ Degradation of Fuel Oxygenates and other Fuel-Derived Contaminants.- H.D. Stupp: Spreading of MTBE and Chlorinated Hydrocarbons in Groundwater.- M. Schirmer and M. Martienssen: Enhanced Natural Attenuation of MTBE.- L. Debor and L. Bastiaens: Bioremediation of Groundwater Contaminated with MTBE/TBA.- C. Oehm, C. Stefan, P. Werner and A. Fischer: Adsorption and Abiotic Degradation of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE).- C.K. Waul, E. Arvin and J.E. Schmidt: Microbial Degradation of MTBE in Reactors.- H.D. Stupp: Remediation Technologies and Costs for Cleaning MTBE Contaminated Groundwater.- C. Baus and H.-J. Brauch: Removal of MTBE and Other Fuel Oxygenate during Drinking Water Treatment.- D. McGregor: Toxicological Review of Methyl- and Ethyl-tertiary-Butyl Ethers.- J. Fawell: MTBE: WHO Guidelines and Taste and Odour Issues for Drinking Water
From the reviews: "Written by recognised specialists in the field, this book will be of interest to a broad audience of analytical chemists, environmental scientists, toxicologists and technologists working in the field of the water cycle, but also to policy makers and stakeholders that need to manage real-world environmental problems associated with fuel oxygenates contaminating groundwater resources. Overall, the present book is certainly timely since the interest in fuel oxygenates in the environment has grown considerably during the last few years." (International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 88 (9), August, 2008)