Dimethoxy methane as a potential oxygenate for diesel fuel: Preliminary assessment of its environmental behavior

David W. Layton, William J. Pitz, Jeffrey I. Daniels, Steve Carle, Reed M. Maxwell, Ken L. Carroll

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Abstract

The environmental behavior of dimethoxy methane (DMM), a candidate oxygenate, was evaluated, as a step toward the development of more integrated fuel assessments. Although its volatility may present fuel-handling problems, DMM, produced from methanol, mixes well with diesel fuel. A chemical-kinetic combustion model was used to identify and compare the formation of air toxics. A regional-scale multicompartment model and soil/groundwater transport models were also utilized to study the fate of DMM in various environmental media and to simulate a hypothetical release from a leaking fuel-storage tank, respectively. The relative importance of water-based inhalation, ingestion, and dermal exposures was compared. DMM effectively reduced particulate emissions from a diesel engine. Its environmental behavior was comparable to that of MTBE. DMM could be used to handle the potential health risks of exposures to particulates derived from diesel-powered vehicles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-297
Number of pages4
JournalACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, Preprints
Volume40
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 26 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event219th ACS National Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 26 2000Mar 30 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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