PAH characteristics in ambient air within a steel industrial complex

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Ambient air samples at ten sites in an iron and steel industrial complex were collected from June to December for analyzing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Sixteen species of PAH components in air samples were identified. The results indicate that both gaseous phase and particle-bound PAHs at the top of the cokemaking plants are unusually high. The profiles of particle-bound PAHs indicate that the predominant species at the top of the coke oven batteries are those of high molecular weight components. The major components of particle-bound PAHs at sampling sites near the fenceline, however, include the medium molecular weight components. The PAH profiles of air samples within the industrial complex show a strong similarity to those of cokemaking plant samples. The concentrations and the specific content of benzo(a)pyrene in the iron and steel industrial complex are higher than those values measured in urban area, petrochemical industry park, and open-air burning area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalToxicological and Environmental Chemistry
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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