Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) from Coal Combustion: Emissions, Analysis, and Toxicology

  • Guijian Liu
  • Zhiyuan Niu
  • Daniel Van Niekerk
  • Jian Xue
  • Liugen Zheng
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 192)


Coal is a complex heterogeneous mixture of organic and inorganic constituents of allothigenic or authigenic origin. Besides major (>1%) and minor (0.1%–l%) elements in coal, elements such as As, Se, and Hg occur commonly as trace elements (<l,000ppm) associated with both organic (e.g., polyaromatic hydrocarbons, PAhs) and inorganic matter (Swaine 2000; Liu et al. 1999; Finkelman 1995). PAHs in coal are the major source of organic pollution and may become easily accessible during combustion, coking, pyrolysis, and other coal preparation processes to make the coal consistent in quality and suitable for selling.


Coal Seam Coal Combustion Atmos Environ Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbon Polycyclic Aromatic Hydro 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guijian Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Zhiyuan Niu
    • 2
  • Daniel Van Niekerk
    • 3
  • Jian Xue
    • 2
  • Liugen Zheng
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth and EnvironmentCASShaanxiChina
  2. 2.CAS Key Laboratory of Crust-Mantle Materials and Environment, School of Earth and Space SciencesUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  3. 3.The Energy InstituteThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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