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Outdoor passive air monitoring of semi volatile organic compounds (SVOCs): a critical evaluation of performance and limitations of polyurethane foam (PUF) disks

Authors

BOHLIN Sara Pernilla AUDY Ondřej VAŇKOVÁ Lenka KUKUČKA Petr PŘIBYLOVÁ Petra PROKEŠ Roman VOJTA Šimon KLÁNOVÁ Jana

Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-PROCESSES & IMPACTS
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Web http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2014/em/c3em00644a
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3em00644a
Field Air pollution and control
Keywords POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC-HYDROCARBONS; POLYBROMINATED DIPHENYL ETHERS; POLLUTANTS POPS; ORGANOCHLORINE PESTICIDES; POLYCHLORINATED-BIPHENYLS; AMBIENT AIR; INDUSTRIAL-AREAS; FLAME RETARDANTS; SAMPLING RATES; RURAL TRENDS
Description The most commonly used passive air sampler (PAS) (i.e. polyurethane foam (PUF) disk) is cheap, versatile, and capable of accumulating compounds present both in gas and particle phases. Its performance for particle associated compounds is however disputable. In this study, twelve sets of triplicate PUF-PAS were deployed outdoors for exposure periods of 1-12 weeks together with continuously operated active samplers, to characterize sampling efficiency and derive sampling rates (R-S) for compounds belonging to 7 SVOC classes (including particle associated compounds). PUF-PAS efficiently and consistently sampled polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and eight novel brominated flame retardant (nBFR) compounds. Low accuracy and lack of sensitivity was observed for most polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/furans PCDD/Fs and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) (under the conditions of this study), with the exception of some congeners which may be used as qualitative markers for their respective classes. Application of compound specific R-S was found crucial for all compounds except PCBs. Sampling efficiency of the particle associated compounds was often low.
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