Barbecue charcoal combustion as a potential source of aromatic volatile organic compounds and carbonyls

Ehsanul Kabir, Ki Hyun Kim, Ji Won Ahn, One Feel Hong, Jong Ryeul Sohn

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Abstract

The emission concentrations of a number of aromatic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbonyl compounds were quantified during the combustion of commonly used barbecue charcoal. The concentrations of VOC and carbonyls were determined by gas chromatography coupled with thermal desorption and HPLC method, respectively. The analysis of VOC emission concentrations showed that toluene (116 ± 444 ppb) was the most abundant. On the other hand, the carbonyls were dominated by formaldehyde (275 ± 477 ppb) and acetaldehyde (126 ± 229 ppb). A line of evidence indicates that the emission patterns of these pollutants are associated with the diverse nature of raw materials and the processes involved in their production. Although emission concentrations of target compounds were in most cases below the permissible exposure limits (PEL), a proper regulation against the use of BBQ charcoal is needed to reduce potential health risks associated with its use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-499
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume174
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb 15

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Volatile Organic Compounds
Charcoal
Volatile organic compounds
charcoal
volatile organic compound
combustion
Carbonyl compounds
Thermal desorption
Acetaldehyde
Health risks
Toluene
Formaldehyde
carbonyl compound
Gas chromatography
Gas Chromatography
acetaldehyde
Raw materials
Hot Temperature
High Pressure Liquid Chromatography
formaldehyde

Keywords

  • Barbecue
  • Carbonyl
  • Charcoal
  • Emission
  • VOC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering

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Barbecue charcoal combustion as a potential source of aromatic volatile organic compounds and carbonyls. / Kabir, Ehsanul; Kim, Ki Hyun; Ahn, Ji Won; Hong, One Feel; Sohn, Jong Ryeul.

In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 174, No. 1-3, 15.02.2010, p. 492-499.

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Kabir, Ehsanul ; Kim, Ki Hyun ; Ahn, Ji Won ; Hong, One Feel ; Sohn, Jong Ryeul. / Barbecue charcoal combustion as a potential source of aromatic volatile organic compounds and carbonyls. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2010 ; Vol. 174, No. 1-3. pp. 492-499.
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