Reynaldo Barreto, associate professor of chemistry at Purdue University's North Central campus in Westville, IN, has developed an experimental technique to remove MTBE from polluted ground water. Removing MTBE from ground water in a cost-effective way has proven an almost intractable problem. Another complication is that MTBE has a distinctive odor and is detectable at extremely low levels. “If I were to dilute an ounce of MTBE into a ton of water, you would be able to smell the MTBE, ...

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