Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons


Clifford Boone (Editor)

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI013080

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are relatively stable contaminants, recalcitrant in soils and less easy to degrade than other organic compounds. One of the major sources of PAHs are petrogenic. The fuel components and ubiquitous environmental pollutants of PAHs are examined in the first chapter of this book. The second chapter presents data regarding firefighters’ occupational exposure to PAHs within the period of the last fifteen years. Total occupational exposure to PAHs through their urinary monitoring is also reviewed. The third chapter focuses on the sources, distributions and toxicity of PAHs in sediments and the associated risk assessments of human exposure to these compounds via bottom-dwelling biota consumption from the Niger Delta drainage basin, in Southeast Nigeria.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Sediments and Bottom-Dwelling Biota from the Niger Delta Rivers, Estuaries and Lakes, SE Nigeria: A Review
(Orok E. Oyo-Ita and Inyang O. Oyo-Ita, Environmental/Petroleum Geochemistry Research Group, Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, University of Calabar, Nigeria)

Chapter 2
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emissions from Forest Fires: Assessment of Firefighters’ Exposure
(Marta Oliveira, Klara Slezakova, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Maria do Carmo Pereira and Simone Morais, REQUIMTE/LAQV, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Porto, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 3
The Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons – Fuel Components and Ubiquitous Environmental Pollutants
(Bojana D. Ostojiæ and Dragana S. Ðorðeviæ, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)


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