||Screening Air Samples for Polynuclear Aromatic Compounds: A Field Study.
Vo-Dinh, T. ;
Bruewer, T. B. ;
Jungers, R. H. ;
Wagner, T. J. ;
||Oak Ridge National Lab., TN. ;PEDCO-Environmental, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.;Environmental Monitoring Systems Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Chemical analysis ;
Aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons ;
Air pollution ;
Gas chromatography ;
Mass spectroscopy ;
Field tests ;
Air pollution detection
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The use of simple and cost-effective luminescence techniques for screening air particulate samples is described. Two analytical methods, synchronous luminescence and room temperature phosphorescence, are employed to monitor the content of polynuclear aromatic species in air particulate extracts collected at a wood-burning community. The validity and efficacy of this cost-effective screening approach are demonstrated via comparison of the screening data with results obtained by detailed gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis.