Predictions of gas-particle partitioning coefficients (kp) of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at various occupational environments of Songkhla Province, Thailand

S. Pongpiachan, K. Thamanu, K. F. Ho, Shuncheng Lee, P. Sompongchaiyakul

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Ambient air samples were collected over periods of 24 hours and 3 hours using a Graseby-Anderson high volume air sampler with PM10TE-6001 at 15 sampling sites, including an urban residential zone, rural area, industrial factories, waste incinerator, traffic areas and agricultural burning areas in Songkhla Province, Thailand. An analysis of organic carbon and elemental carbon was conducted to estimate the gas-particle partitioning of PAHs using a model proposed by Dachs-Eisenreich. The estimated Log Kpof PAHs emphasized the risk for lung cancer among outdoor workers in waste incinerators, traffic intersections and bus terminals, suggesting the role of the carbonaceous fraction over the gas-particle partitioning of PAHs. Analysis of fscKSAδOCT/fOMKOAratios revealed a significant role of absorption and absorption in unusually high elemental carbon fractions (ie low OC/EC ratio) in fine particles collected at waste incinerators and the abnormally high organic carbon fractions (ie high OC/EC ratio) observed in those fine particles of an urban residential zone, respectively. The dual mode of ab /adsorption tended to dominate the gas-particle partitioning of LMW PAHs collected at the traffic intersections and bus terminal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1377-1394
Number of pages18
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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