Airborne concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds in school environment in Brisbane

Mishra, Nitika, Bartsch, Jennifer, Ayoko, Godwin A., & Morawska, Lidia (2012) Airborne concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds in school environment in Brisbane. In Healthy Buildings 2012, 10th International Conference, Official Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 8-12 July 2012, Brsibane Exhibition and Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD. (Unpublished)


Traffic emissions are considered as a major source of pollutants, particularly ultrafine particles, in the urban environment. There is an increased concern about airborne particles not only because of their environmental effects but also due to their potential adverse health effects on humans. There have been a number of studies related to the number concentration and size distribution of these particles but studies on the chemical composition of aerosols, especially in the school environment, are very limited. Mejia et. al (2011) reviewed studies on the exposure to and impact of air pollutants on school children and found that there were only a handful of studies on this topic. Therefore, the main focus of this research is on an analysis of the chemical composition of airborne particles, as well as source apportionment and the quantification of ambient concentrations of organic pollutants in the vicinity of schools, as a part of “Ultrafine Particles from Traffic Emissions on Children’s Health” (UPTECH) project. The aim of the present study was to find out the concentrations of different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in both outdoor and indoor locations from six different schools in Brisbane.

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ID Code: 54323
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: emission, measurements, indoor air, VOC
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2012 23:02
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 10:34

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