Chemistry and Technology of Fuels and Oils

, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 257–270 | Cite as

Production of methyl tert-alkyl ethers

  • V. A. Trofimov


The production of MTBE and then its analogs, initiated in Italy two decades ago, is now firmly entrenched in most of the industrially developed countries. Most of this production is aimed at satisfying the demand for oxygenates in modern gasolines. In the production of oxygenates, more and more heavy hydrocarbon fractions are being used — fractions such as isoamylenes and oligomers based on unsaturated C4-C5 fractions, containing up to seven carbon atoms per molecule.

The processes use various types of reactors: adiabatic reactors, tubular reactors with temperature control in the reaction zone through the wall by means of a heat carrier, or reaction-distillation devices based on the catalytic distillation principle. This last type of reaction section is considered the most promising, and it is finding more and more applications in MTBE and MTAE production.

Universally used as the catalyst in processes for the manufacture of methyl tert-alkyl ethers are sulfonated cationexchange resins in various modifications, which are optimal in terms of effects on the ecology.


Hydrocarbon Carbon Atom Oligomer Gasoline Cationexchange 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Trofimov
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  1. 1.I. M. Gubkin State Academy of Oil and Gas (GANG)USSR

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