Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their nitrated derivatives associated with PM10 from Kraków city during heating season
1 AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Energy and Fuels, Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
2 Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, Vienna University of Technology, Getreidemarkt 9/164, 1060 Vienna, Austria
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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), their nitro-derivatives (NPAHs) and hundreds of other organic compounds are present in ambient air in gas and particulate form. PAHs and NPAHs originate from diesel and gasoline exhaust emission and other combustion sources. NPAHs are also formed through the nitration of parent PAHs in the atmosphere. Concentrations of PAHs and NPAHs in the particulate matter fraction PM10 collected in the centre of Kraków (27.01.2014 – 17.02.2014) were investigated. The thirteen PAHs and four NPAHs: fluorene, phenanthrene, anthracene, fluoranthene, pyrene, benzo[a]anthracene, benzo[a]pyrene, chrysene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[k]fluoranthene, indeno[1,2,3-c,d]pyrene, benzo[g,h,i]perylene, dibenz[a,h]anthracene, 2-nitrofluorene, 9-nitroanthracene, 3-nitrofluoranthene and 1-nitropyrene were extracted from particulate matter and analysed applying the GC/MS technique. Depending on the compounds the relative recoveries ranged from 72 to 94%. The concentrations of PM10 in the study period ranged between 23.5 and 153.8 μg·m-3. The average concentrations of PAHs and NPAHs ranged from 26.6 to 276.4 ng·m-3 and from 0.6 to 9.1 ng·m-3, respectively. The highest concentrations were observed for benzo[a]pyrene, benzo[a]anthracene, pyrene and fluoranthene. The average concentration of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), which is a marker for the particle-bound atmospheric PAHs, was 9.5 ng·m-3. The concentrations of 3-nitrofluoranthene and 1-nitropyrene were below the quantification limits of the method (< MQL).
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