Sources of fine organic aerosol. 7. Hot asphalt roofing tar pot fumes

Wolfgang F. Rogge, Lynn M. Hildemann, Monica A. Mazurek, Glen R. Cass, Bernd R.T. Simoneit

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The organic compounds present in fine particulate roofing asphalt tar fumes are characterized using GC/MS techniques. Most of the compound mass identified consists of n-alkanes (73%). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and thia-arenes (S-PAH) contribute nearly 8% of the identified compound mass and account for 0.57% of the total mass emissions. When compared to the PAH mass fraction determined in fine particulate exhaust emitted from catalyst-equipped automobiles (~0.5%) and heavy-duty diesel trucks (~0.1%), roofing tar pot aerosols show a PAH content similar to that of vehicular exhaust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2726-2730
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry


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