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Atmospheric Occurrence and Gas-Particle Partitioning of PBDEs in an Industrialised and Urban Area of Florence, Italy

Alessandra Cincinelli, Francesca Pieri, Tania Martellini, Maurizio Passaponti, Massimo Del Bubba, Sabino Del Vento, Athanasios A. Katsoyiannis
2014 Aerosol and Air Quality Research  
Air samples were collected both at an urban and an industrial area of Florence (Italy) in order to evaluate the occurrence, profiles, seasonal variation and gas/particle partitioning of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). The mean total (gas + particle phase) PBDE concentrations were 42.8 ± 7.8 and 89.0 ± 21.1 pg/m 3 in the urban and industrial sites, respectively. In all samples, BDE-209 was the most abundant congener, followed by BDE-47 and BDE-153 in the industrial site, and by BDE-99 in
more » ... e, and by BDE-99 in the urban site. The Σ 6 PBDE (sum of 153, concentrations in the urban (12.1-27.9 pg/m 3 ) and industrialised (21.4-44.3 pg/m 3 ) sites were comparable to, or slightly lower than measured at other sites. The partition coefficient of PBDEs between the gas and particle phases (Kp) was well correlated with the subcooled liquid vapor pressure (P°L) for all samples. The measured particulate sorption of PBDEs was compared to the predictions from Junge-Pankow (J/P) model and K OA absorption model. While the Junge-Pankow model tends to overestimate the particulate sorption, the K OA based model seemed to fit the PBDE data.
doi:10.4209/aaqr.2013.01.0021 fatcat:wix26cyr7rdffahoqjjzwhfpoa