Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE)

Formed by the blending of chemicals like methanol and isobutylene, Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is a colorless liquid and has a distinctive odour. The vapors of this chemical are denser than both narcotic and air. The boiling point of MTBE is 131-degree F with the flashpoint being 18-degree F. MTBE is miscible in water as it is less dense than water. This is why this chemical can be used as an octane booster for gasoline.

Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) has been used since the 1980s as an additive to achieve a more efficient burning, especially for unleaded petrol. It can also be used for medical reasons to dissolve the gall bladder stone. MTBE is directly delivered to the patient’s gall bladder with the help of tubes. The tubes are surgically inserted into the patient for safety reasons.

Methyl and tert butyl are the two-alkyl components in methyl butyl ether. This solution is a metabolite, a fuel additive and a non-polar solvent. When combined with gasoline, MTBE is known to increase the oxygen and octane levels and reduce pollution, which is remarkable. However, due to the quality of water and groundwater contamination, the present-day MTBE is restricted in several areas.

Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) has several medical applications as well and is used as a solvent for synthesizing APIs.


Physical and Chemical Properties of MTBE:

CAS number: 1634-04-4
Chemical formula: C5H12O
Molar mass: 88.150 g·mol−1
Appearance: colourless liquid
Density: 0.7404 g/cm³
Melting point: −109 °C (−164 °F; 164 K)
Boiling point: 55.2 °C (131.4 °F; 328.3 K)
Solubility in water: 26 g/L (20 °C)[1]
Viscosity: 0.36 cP at 25 °C

How Can People Get Exposed to MTBE?

Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is often found in several water sources, especially in urban areas, because of the leaks in the underground storage tanks of gasoline. MTBE can be felt in the air nearby if there are fuel facilities. The air gets exposed to this chemical when people are fuelling their vehicles.

If you are in contact with contaminated water or are breathing the contaminated air, you might get exposed to MTBE. Methyl butyl ether can be dangerous to workers and employees working at gas stations due to the exposure, so it is best to work for the best results.

Methyl tert-butyl ether is an essential chemical that is being used in several industries around the globe. There are several benefits of MTBE. In addition, purity and superior quality MTBE can be used for several purposes in the industries to reach the desired goals.

Vinati Organics is the world leader in the manufacturing and supply of the methyl tert-butyl ether. We produce high purity MTBE and supply it across the globe for a wide variety of applications.

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