Carbon isotope fractionation during anaerobic degradation of methyl tert-butyl ether under sulfate-reducing and methanogenic conditions.

@article{Somsamak2006CarbonIF,
  title={Carbon isotope fractionation during anaerobic degradation of methyl tert-butyl ether under sulfate-reducing and methanogenic conditions.},
  author={Piyapawn Somsamak and Hans H Richnow and Max M H{\"a}ggblom},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={72 2},
  pages={1157-63}
}
Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), an octane enhancer and a fuel oxygenate in reformulated gasoline, has received increasing public attention after it was detected as a major contaminant of water resources. Although several techniques have been developed to remediate MTBE-contaminated sites, the fate of MTBE is mainly dependent upon natural degradation processes. Compound-specific stable isotope analysis has been proposed as a tool to distinguish the loss of MTBE due to biodegradation from other… CONTINUE READING
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