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Kategorie Textpublikation
Referenztyp Zeitschriften
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2004.12.050
Titel (primär) Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons associated with particles in ambient air from urban and industrial areas
Autor Rehwagen, M.; Müller, A.; Massolo, L.; Herbarth, O.; Ronco, A.
Quelle Science of the Total Environment
Erscheinungsjahr 2005
Department EXPOEPID
Band/Volume 348
Heft 1-3
Seite von 199
Seite bis 210
Sprache englisch
Keywords PAHs; Airborne particles; Size distribution; PAH ratios
Abstract This study takes into consideration an analysis of the chemical polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) profile and its distribution in inhalable and respirable particulate matter in urban and industrial areas in La Plata, Argentina, and Leipzig, Germany. Representative samples from three locations in La Plata (industrial, traffic influenced and control area) and two locations in Leipzig (traffic influenced and control area) were obtained in summer and winter. The sampling of particulate matter was carried out with high volume collectors using cascade impactors to separate six size fractions. PAHs were extracted with hexane through a solid–liquid equilibrium extraction and analysed by HPLC/UV/fluorescence detection. The results showed a PAH seasonal behaviour in both regions, with lower contents in summer and higher ones in winter. Highest concentrations of total PAHs were found in the industrial area in La Plata. The size distribution of particles demonstrates the greater relevance of smaller particles. More than 50% of PAHs were associated with particles of less than 0.49 μm. Moreover, this particle size fraction was associated with traffic, whereas other sources of combustion were related also to particles between 0.49 and 0.95 μm. Considering the ratio of benzo(ghi)perylene (BgP)/benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) as an indicator for traffic influence, it was observed that La Plata City was more affected than Leipzig by the same proportion in summer and in winter. The BgP/InP (indeno(123-cd)pyrene) ratio was lower in winter than in summer in both places and indicates the presence of domestic combustion sources. It is important to point out the significance of using fingerprint compound ratios to identify possible sources of pollution with PAHs bound to particles.
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Rehwagen, M., Müller, A., Massolo, L., Herbarth, O., Ronco, A. (2005):
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons associated with particles in ambient air from urban and industrial areas
Sci. Total Environ. 348 (1-3), 199 - 210 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2004.12.050