methyl-tert-butyl ether

meth·yl-tert-bu·tyl eth·er (MTBE),

(meth'il-tĕrt'byū'til ēth-ĕr),
Agent used to dissolve gallbladder stones.
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Barreto has developed an experimental method of removing the gasoline additive methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE, used as an octane enhancer) from water by bubbling oxygen into the contaminated water and adding Ti[O.sub.2], a process that converts both MTBE and another additive, tert-butyl alcohol, to [CO.sub.2] with a 90% efficiency rate in as little as four hours.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called for a phaseout of methyl-tert-butyl ether, or MTBE, a chemical added to gasoline to reduce carbon monoxide (CO) pollution.