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Application Note 115

Simple and reliable quantitation of ppt-level PAHs in air by TD–GC–MS

Application Note 115

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widely recognised as a particularly harmful group of organic compounds, with documented carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic properties. PAHs are formed as a result of the incomplete combustion of organic materials such as coal, gasoline and wood, and as a result they are particularly prevalent in urban and industrial environments. This, combined with their toxicity, has resulted in the implementation of very low limit levels for urban and workplace air.

This application note describes the performance of a sorbent tube and optimised analytical protocol dedicated to the detection of ppt-level PAHs in ambient air.

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