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Researcher Develops Method for Combating MTBE Contamination.

The Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) recently reported that WUSTL Environmental Engineering Science Program director and Stifel and Quinette Jens professor of environmental engineering science Pratim Biswas has developed a new method for removing the toxic fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) from water supplies.

According to the university, Biswas designed "nanostructure configurations" of titanium dioxide, which causes the fuel additive to yield carbon dioxide upon reacting with oxygen.

"These photocatalysts can be powered by an artificial light source or can be designed to run on solar power," said Biswas.

(WUSTL: 12/9)
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Title Annotation:methyl tertiary butyl ether
Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:Dec 14, 2004
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