Health effects associated with the atmospheric degradation of polycyclic aromatic hyrdocarbons

Health effects associated with the atmospheric degradation of polycyclic aromatic hyrdocarbons

Funding period: January 2008 – December 2009

Funded by: Irish EPA

Researcher: Shouming Zhou

Project Description

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are major air pollutants produced from combustion processes.  They can be chemically transformed in the atmosphere to generate a range of secondary pollutants including ozone and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) which are known to have an adverse effect on human health.  In this project, a comprehensive programme of laboratory studies will be performed on the atmospheric degradation of a series of PAHs in order to determine the oxidation products and the yields of SOA. The health effects associated with exposure to SOA produced from the PAHs will be investigated through a series of toxicology tests.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork

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