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Advances in Environmental Research   Volume 3, Number 1, March 2014, pages 11-28
Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE): A review
Zaki S. Seddigi, Saleh A. Ahmed, Shahid P. Ansari, Naeema H. Yarkandi, Ekram Danish, Mohammed D.Y. Oteef, M. Cohelan, Shakeel Ahmed and Abdallah M. Abulkibash

Abstract     [Full Text]
    Advanced oxidation processes using UV and catalysts like TiO2 and ZnO have been recently applied for the photocatalytic degradation of MTBE in water. Attempts have been made to replace the UV radiation by the solar spectrum. This review intends to shed more light on the work that has been done so far in this area of research. The information provided will help in crystallizing the ideas required to shift the trend from UV photocatalysis to sunlight photocatalysis. The careful optimization of the reaction parameters and the type of the dopant employed are greatly responsible for any enhancement in the degradation process. The advantage of shifting from UV photocatalysts to visible light photocatalysts can be observed when catalysts like TiO2 and ZnO are doped with suitable metals. Therefore, it is expected that in the near future, the visible light photocatalysis will be the main technique applied for the remediation of water contaminated with MTBE.
Key Words
    photocatalysis; degradation; MTBE; doping; TiO2; ZnO
(1) Zaki S. Seddigi, Saleh A. Ahmed, Shahid P. Ansari and Naeema H. Yarkandi:
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Umm Al-Qura University, 21955 Makkah, Saudi Arabia;
(2) Ekram Danish:
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia;
(3) Mohammed D.Y. Oteef:
Chemistry Department, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia;
(4) M. Cohelan:
Research Center for Brewing and Food Quality, Technische Universität Munshen, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany;
(5) Shakeel Ahmed:
Center for Refining & Petrochemicals, Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran-31261, Saudi Arabia;
(6) M. Abulkibash:
Chemistry Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran-31261, Saudi Arabia.

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