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Volatile Organic Compounds in Indoor Environments

  • Godwin A AyokoEmail author
  • Hao Wang
Chapter
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 64)

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the types, sources and current techniques for characterising volatile organic compounds (VOC) in nonindustrial indoor environments. It reviews current knowledge on the levels of volatile organic compounds in indoor environments, discusses concepts for regulating indoor levels of volatile organic compounds and appraises current efforts to understand the links between VOCs and building-related health/sensory effects. It also provides an up-to-date outline of new trends in and perspectives for indoor air VOC research.

Keywords

Characterisation Purification Regulation Sampling Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 

Abbreviations

AFoDAS/AVODAS

Automated formaldehyde data acquisition system/automated VOC data acquisition system

AM

Arithmetic mean

BRI

Building-related illness

BTEX

Benzene toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene

DMF

Dimethylformamide

DMSO

Dimethylsulphoxide

ECA

European Collaborative Action

ECD

Electron capture detector

ETS

Environmental tobacco smoke

EXPOLIS

Air pollution exposure distributions of adult urban populations in Europe

FID

Flame ionisation detector

GC

Gas chromatography

HPLC

High-performance liquid chromatography

I/O

Indoor/outdoor

IAQ

Indoor air quality

MCS

Multiple chemical sensitivity

MS

Mass spectrometry

OCIA

Organic compounds in indoor air

PAS

Photoacoustic spectroscopy

PDMS

Polydimethylsiloxane

SBS

Sick building syndrome

SER

Area specific emission rate

SSVs

Safe sampling volumes

SVOC

Semi-volatile organic compounds

TVOC

Total volatile organic compounds

US EPA

United States Environmental Protection Agency

VOC

Volatile organic compounds

VVOC

Very volatile organic compounds

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank James Blinco for typing part of the manuscript and the tables used in the previous edition and Anjana Singh for her help in sourcing some of the literature used in the current edition. In addition, Hao Wang would like to thank Professor Lidia Morawska for her encouragement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical EngineeringQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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