California Oxygenates and 8260

For more than 30 years, oxygenated compounds have been added to gasoline. The addition of these compounds provides two benefits: one, the reduction of pollution caused by car emissions as oxygenated gasoline burns more efficiently and two the improvement of engine performance. However, there are also drawbacks to the use of oxygenated compounds. Due to the prolonged use of these compounds, there has been an increase in the contamination of ground water as underground storage tanks have been found to leak causing their contents to leach into the soil. Finally due to the high solubility of these compounds, it is necessary to modify experimental conditions in order to receive optimum detection limits.