Methyl tert-butyl ether
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Methyl tert-butyl ether, also known as MTBE, tertiary butyl methyl ether or tBME is an organic compound with molecular formula (CH3)3COCH3.
MTBE will react with bromine.
MTBE is a volatile, flammable, and colorless liquid, poorly soluble in water.
MTBE is available as a gasoline additive.
- Organic extractions
- Anti-knocking agent
Unlike most ethers, MTBE has a reduced tendency to form explosive organic peroxides. Opened bottles of diethyl ether or THF can build up dangerous levels of these peroxides in months, whereas samples of MTBE are usually safe for years.
As MTBE doesn't form explosive organic peroxides, no special storage is required. Bottles containing MTBE should be kept in a cold place, away from any heat or fire source.
MTBE can be safely burned. However, it must never dumped in the environment.