Health Effects Associated with the Atmospheric Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Report for the STRIVE-funded project: 2007-FS-EH-3-M5

Summary: STRIVE Report 62 - Shouming Zhou and John C. Wenger

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Published: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84095-375-6

Pages: 53

Filesize: 683 KB

Format: pdf


Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are major air pollutants produced from combustion processes. They can be chemically transformed in the atmosphere to generate a range of secondary pollutants, including ozone and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) which are known to have an adverse effect on human health. In this project, a comprehensive programme of laboratory studies was carried out on the atmospheric degradation of three PAHs:

  • Naphthalene
  • Acenaphthene
  • Acenaphthylene

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