Semi-volatile Organic Pollutants in the Gaseous and Particulate Phases in Urban Air

  • Hua WeiEmail author
  • An Li
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


The gas-particle partitioning of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) plays an important role in the investigation of their environmental fate and long-range transport behavior. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are three groups of SVOCs ubiquitously present in the urban atmosphere. In this chapter, their partitions between gas and particle phases in the atmosphere are reviewed and discussed. The gas-particle partition coefficient Kp of SVOCs can be predicted from their subcooled liquid vapor pressure \( \left( {{\text{P}}_{\text{L}}^{^\circ } } \right) \) or the octanol-air partition coefficient (Koa). The Junge–Pankow adsorption and Koa-based absorption models are widely used to predict the partitioning of SVOCs between gas and particulate phases. Applications of these models to PAHs, PCBs and PBDEs are presented. With the available concentration data for the SVOCs worldwide, the predictability and regression linearity of the two models are discussed.


United States Environmental Protection Agency Total Suspended Particle Airborne Particle Absorption Model Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether 
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