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2-methoxy-2-methylpropane a.k.a. Methyl tert-butyl ether is an organic compound with molecular formula₃COCH₃. MTBE is a volatile, flammable, and colorless liquid that is sparingly soluble in water. It has a minty odor vaguely reminiscent of diethyl ether, leading to unpleasant taste and odor in water. MTBE is a gasoline additive, used as an oxygenate to raise the octane number. Its use is controversial in the US and declining in use in part because of its occurrence in groundwater and legislation favoring ethanol. However, worldwide production of MTBE has been constant at about 18 million tons/y owing to growth in Asian markets which are less subject to ethanol subsidies.
- also known as Трет-бутилметиловый эфир
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Dictionary of Chemistry (2014)
by Andrew Hunt
which turns cyclic alkanes into arenes such as benzene and methyl benzene • adding alcohols or ethers such as MTBE (initials based on its older name methyl tertiary butyl ether; it is now called 2-methoxy-2-methylpropane). Structure of the ...
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