OPEN ACCESS

Articles online

Car Engines Air Filters. A Useful Ambient Air Sampler and/or a Possible Hazardous Waste?

Category: Articles

Volume: 14 | Issue: 4 | Pages: 1102-1105
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2013.09.0290
PDF | RIS | BibTeX

Athanasios Katsoyiannis

  • Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU). FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment, Hjalmar Johanssens gt 14, NO-9296 Tromsø, Norway

Abstract

Car-engine air filters (CAFs) have been recently used as inexpensive alternative air sampling media for hydrophobic organic compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans and also for heavy metals. This “active-passive” sampling methodology is a promising way for urban air monitoring, being able to offer invaluable advantages. Two approaches have been proposed for the estimation of the air volume that passes through the CAFs and are herein reviewed and compared.

Chemical analysis of CAFs shows that after their use in vehicles, they have accumulated a considerable amount of toxic chemicals which render CAFs as potentially hazardous materials. The CAF chemical loads are presented and evaluated and the need to characterize CAFs as special waste is discussed.

Keywords

CAFs Hazardous waste PAHs PCDD/Fs HMs


Related Article

Sensitivity Analysis of PM2.5-Bound Total PCDD/Fs-TEQ Content: In the Case of Wuhu City, China

Weiwei Wang, Kangping Cui , Rong Zhao, Jinning Zhu , Qianli Huang, Wen-Jhy Lee
Article In Press
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2017.11.0507
PDF

Atmospheric PM2.5 and Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxin and Dibenzofuran in a Coastal Area of Central Taiwan

Chung-Ling Chen, Shih-Tsung Tang, Jinning Zhu , Sheng-Lun Lin
Volume: 17 | Issue: 11 | Pages: 2829-2846
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2017.10.0382
PDF

Critical Emissions from the Largest On-Road Transport Network in South Asia

Saroj Kumar Sahu , Gufran Beig, Neha Parkhi
Volume: 14 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 135-144
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2013.04.0137
PDF

Ambient Air Quality during Diwali Festival over Kolkata – A Mega-City in India

A. Chatterjee , C. Sarkar, A. Adak, U. Mukherjee, S.K. Ghosh, S. Raha
Volume: 13 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 1133-1144
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2012.03.0062
PDF
;