Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

  • J. A. Sweetman
  • F. W. Karasek

Abstract

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are ubiquitous in the environment. Since many of these compounds are known to be carcinogens or cocarcinogens, the identification and quantification of PAH in the environment are continuing concerns.(1–5) The mechanisms of PAH formation during high-temperature pyrolysis of organic matter have been described.(6) Natural sources of PAH include incomplete combustion of organic matter—for example, forest fires, diagenesis of organic material, and biosynthesis. Anthropogenic sources of PAH include coal refuse burning, coke production, residential fireplaces and coal-fired furnaces, commercial incinerators, vehicle exhaust, and tobacco smoke.7–10

Keywords

Diesel Naphthalene Phen Anthracene Diagenesis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Sweetman
    • 1
  • F. W. Karasek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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