CEM - Abstract

Abstract Title: Determination of VOCs from stacks to urban through innovative Analysers
Presenter Name: Dr Eugenio Indrigo
Company/Organisation: Pollution Analytical Equipment
Country: Italy

Abstract Information :

VOCs: organic chemical compounds with a high vapour pressure and low boiling point at room temperature. They include both human-made and naturally occurring compounds. Typical examples are benzene, toluene, formaldheyde, glycol ethers, fossil fuels, terpenes, EtO, CS2, EtOH, 1,3-butadiene, CH2Cl2

Anthropogenic sources emit about 142 teragrams of carbon per year in the form of VOCs. Typical sources are:

  • Exhaust emission from vehicles, engines, gas turbines
  • Incinerators & RTO (regenerative thermal oxidiser) systems
  • Oil & gas
  • Coating, plastics, ink, and rubber applications
  • Cosmetics & Pharmaceuticals plants
  • Cement Plants & coal mines
Humans being exposed to VOCs may experience adverse health effects. The extent and nature will depend on many factors including type of chemical, concentration, level and duration of exposure.
In addition, when VOCs combine with NOx in the air, they form ozone pollution (smog)