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Sampling & analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in air.

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) occurs naturally in the environment but can also be a product of human activity in particular fires and incineration.

Exposures to PAH in high concentration is known to cause negative health effects.


Analytical method & sampling procedure

PAHs in air are sampled using solid sorbent media such as XAD2 or PUF followed by GC-MS analysis.

There are different analytical methods available including NIOSH 5528, NIOSH 5512 and 8270E with or without enhancements via SIM (Selection Ion Monitoring) and/or isotope dilution techniques.

Parameters reported:
  • Naphthalene
  • Acenaphthylene
  • Acenaphthene
  • Fluorene
  • Phenanthrene
  • Anthracene
  • Fluoranthene
  • Pyrene
  • Benzo[a]anthracene
  • Chrysene
  • Benzo[b]fluoranthene
  • Benzo[k]fluoranthene
  • Benzo[a]pyrene
  • Benzo[g,h,i]perylene
  • Indeno[1,2,3-c,d]pyrene
  • Dibenz[a,h]anthracene


Much more extensive target lists are available upon request.

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