Characterization of gas/particle concentrations and partitioning of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) measured in an urban site of Turkey


Cindoruk S. S. , Tasdemir Y.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, vol.148, no.1, pp.325-333, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 148 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.envpol.2006.10.018
  • Title of Journal : ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION
  • Page Numbers: pp.325-333
  • Keywords: congener, partitioning model, semivolatile organic compounds, transport, wind sector, POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC-HYDROCARBONS, SEMIVOLATILE ORGANIC-COMPOUNDS, WATER-SURFACE SAMPLER, ATMOSPHERIC PCBS, TEMPERATURE-DEPENDENCE, LAKE-MICHIGAN, GAS-PHASE, PESTICIDE CONCENTRATIONS, VAPOR-PRESSURE, DRY DEPOSITION

Abstract

Air concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in both gas and particle phases were measured in an urban site (BUTAL-Merinos) of the city of Bursa, Turkey between August 2004 and May 2005. The mean of total (particle + gas) PCB concentrations was about 491.8 +/- 189.4 pg/m(3). The main contributors for PCBs in the sampling site were the local sources and long-range atmospheric transport supported by back trajectory analysis. Lower molecular weight PCB congeners generally dominated in the samples. The particle phase of the measured PCBs accounted for 15% of the total PCB concentrations. Gas/particle distribution was investigated using different approaches such as log K-p-log P-L(o), log K-p -log K-OA and the Junge-Pankow model. Regression analysis among log K-p, log P-L(o) and log K-OA exhibited significant correlation at p < 0.05. Correlation between PCB homologs and meteorological parameters was formed to investigate the possible relationships. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.