Thompson, Robert W.
The objective of this project was to determine the efficiency of MTBE separation using ceramic membrane filters. The use of advanced oxidation with Fenton's Reagent was also explored to completely degrade the MTBE. The filters were silanated to make them hydrophobic before being placed between samples of both pure and MTBE contaminated water. MTBE successfully passed through the membrane, but the separation involving the use of Fenton's reagent was unsuccessful. It is speculated that the failure resulted from iron precipitate blocking the membrane pores.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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