Radiation chemistry of alternative fuel oxygenates - Substituted ethers Article

Mezyk, SP, Cooper, WJ, Bartels, DM et al. (2000). Radiation chemistry of alternative fuel oxygenates - Substituted ethers . 40(1), 250-251.

cited authors

  • Mezyk, SP; Cooper, WJ; Bartels, DM; Tobien, T; O'Shea, KE



  • The electron beam process, an advanced oxidation and reduction technology, is based in the field of radiation chemistry. Fundamental to the development of treatment processes is an understanding of the underlying chemistry. We have previously evaluated the bimolecular rate constants for the reactions of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and with this study have extended our studies to include ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE), di-isopropyl ether (DIPE) and tert-amyl methyl ether (TAME) with the hydroxyl radical, hydrogen atom and solvated electron using pulse radiolysis. For all of the oxygenates the reaction with the hydroxyl radical appears to be of primary interest in the destruction of the compounds in water. The rates with the solvated electron are limiting values as the rates appear to be relatively low. The hydrogen atom rate constants are relatively low, coupled with the low yield in radiolysis, we concluded that these are of little significance in the destruction of the alternative fuel oxygenates (and MTBE).

publication date

  • March 26, 2000

start page

  • 250

end page

  • 251


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