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An Active Sampler for Monitoring Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins and Furans in Ambient Air


An active sampler for monitoring polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs) in air was developed using an automobile air filter set. The performance of the mobile air sampler was evaluated. Recoveries of PCDD/F congeners ranged from 62.3% to 64.5% with sampling volumes of 500–1,800 m3. Air samples were collected between April and June, 2007 in Beijing. The monitoring results of PCDD/F levels by the mobile sampler were comparable to results obtained by a conventional stationary high-volume active sampler. The results suggest this mobile air sampling technology is a promising new strategy for the assessment of air quality in urban areas.

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The work was supported by National High-tech R&D Program of China (2007AA061602, 2007AA06A407, 2009AA061603).

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Zhang, B., Zhang, L., Wu, J. et al. An Active Sampler for Monitoring Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins and Furans in Ambient Air. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 87, 1–5 (2011).

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  • Active air sampler
  • Automobile air filter set
  • PCDD/Fs
  • Air quality