Université de Neuchâtel

Monitoring Biodegradation of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) Using Compound-Specific Carbon Isotope Analysis

Hunkeler, Daniel ; Butler, B.J ; Aravena, R ; Barker, J.F

In: Environmental Science & Technology, 2001, vol. 35, no. 4, p. 676-681

Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), the most common gasoline oxygenate, is frequently detected in surface water and groundwater. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of compound-specific isotope analysis to assess in situ biodegradation of MTBE in groundwater. For that purpose, the effect of relevant physical and biological processes on carbon isotope ratios of MTBE was...