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Determination of Methanol and Methyl tert-Butyl Ether in Gasoline by Infrared Spectroscopy Using the CIRCLE Cell and Multivariate Calibration

Volume 47, Number 7 (July 1993) Page 1036-1039

Garcia, Francisco X.; De Lima, Lola; Medina, Julio C.


The feasibility of predicting concentrations of methanol and methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) in gasolines from the mid-infrared absorption spectra was investigated. The C-O bond stretching band region was related to these oxygenated compounds' levels with the aid of multivariate statistics. The sample spectra were taken with the use of a circular internal reflectance (CIRCLE®) cell. With the use of partial least-squares (PLS) regression a model with 18 samples was built and used to predict a set of 10 gasolines with good agreement. Two additional samples prepared with other brands of gasoline were analyzed with the same model and no matrix effects were found.