A Comparative Study of Soot and Carbon Black

  • Donald Rivin
  • Avrom I. Medalia
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


Soot is a mixture of particulate carbon with various organic and inorganic components. It is generally formed as an unwanted by-product of combustion; thus, soots differ widely according to the type of fuel, the conditions of combustion, and the method of collection. Chimney soot was the first recognized occupational carcinogen. Its carcinogenicity is due to components other than particulate carbon, especially soluble organic compounds which form a significant portion of such soots1


Carbon Black Diesel Engine Particulate Carbon Diesel Soot Soluble Organic Compound 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Rivin
    • 1
  • Avrom I. Medalia
    • 1
  1. 1.Cabot CorporationBillericaUSA

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