, Volume 55, Issue 7–8, pp 475–481

Identification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and methoxylated phenols in wood smoke emitted during production of charcoal

  • N. Ré-Poppi
  • M. R. Santiago-Silva
Originals Gas Chromatography


More than 130 organic substances in dichloromethane-methanol (4∶1) extracts of particulate matter and the gaseous phase from wood burning for the production of charcoal have been identified by capillary gas chromatography coupled with low-resolution mass spectrometry (GC-MS), use of GC retention indices, and comparison with authentic standards. Many of the substances identified are methoxyphenols (derivatives of syringol and guaiacol), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), oxidized PAH (oxy-PAH), and levoglucosan, the last being a monosaccharide derivative from the thermal breakdown of cellulose. The amount of unsubstituted PAH was greater than that of methyl-and dimethyl-substituted homologs.

Key words

Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons Wood burning Charcoal Retention indices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Ré-Poppi
    • 1
  • M. R. Santiago-Silva
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de QuímicaCentro de Ciências Exatas e Tecnologia da UFMSCampo GrandeBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Química AnalíticaInstituto de Química de Araraquara UNESPAraraquaraBrazil

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