Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


MTBE, a component of gasoline, has been introduced to the environment in large quantities over the last past few decades. It presents a hazard to the health and welfare of communities across the United States. Several remediation techniques have been put into place; however, they are both inefficient and costly. Hydrophobic media have been proven to offer selective filtering of MTBE from water. Hydrophobic polymer membranes were investigated for the ability to resist degradation when exposed to aggressive oxidizing solutions that can be used to decompose MTBE while fostering selective-permeation by MTBE. These two properties propose new options for the remediation of MTBE contamination when taken in concert.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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