Volatile Organic Compounds in a Residential and Commercial Urban Area with a Diesel, Compressed Natural Gas and Oxygenated Gasoline Vehicular Fleet

  • Eduardo Monteiro Martins
  • Graciela Arbilla
  • Luciana Vanni Gatti


Air samples were collected in a typical residential and commercial area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where buses and trucks use diesel and light duty vehicles use compressed natural gas, ethanol, and gasohol (gasoline blended with ethanol) as fuel. A total of 66 C3–C12 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were identified. The most abundant compounds, on a mass concentration basis, included propane, isobutane, i-pentane, m,p-xylene, 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene, toluene, styrene, ethylbenzene, isopropylbenzene, o-xylene and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene. Two VOCs photochemical reactivity rankings are presented: one involves reaction with OH and the other involves production of ozone.


Vehicular emissions VOCs reactivities Urban pollution 



This work was sponsored by CNPq, FAPERJ and Capes. We thank Secretaria Municipal de Meio Ambiente for permission to collect the samples at the monitoring station.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Monteiro Martins
    • 1
  • Graciela Arbilla
    • 2
  • Luciana Vanni Gatti
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Engenharia Sanitária e Meio Ambiente, Faculdade de EngenhariaUniversidade do Estado do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Departmento de Fisico-Química, Instituto de QuímicaUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratorio de Química AtmosféricaInstituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares IPENSao PauloBrazil

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