Special Issue "Indoor Air Pollution"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2018
Prof. Shelly L. Miller, PhD
University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Interests: urban air pollution including indoor air pollution; healthy and energy efficient building design; air pollution control technology including filtration and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation; indoor microbiomes
Indoor air pollution adversely affects human health. People spend 80–90% of their time indoors in many parts of the world, and, often, the concentration of air pollutants is higher indoors than it is outdoors. Thus, the possible adverse health effects associated with air pollution can be dominated by indoor air pollution. Air pollutants can also cause material damage to equipment and artifacts, and contaminate manufacturing processes. We invite you to consider submitting your research for publication in this Special Issue of the journal, focusing on “Indoor Air Quality”. The aim of this Special Issue is to communicate a selection of papers on the current state of science and engineering on indoor air quality. Relevant current issues include biomass combustion in the developing world, Indoor particulate matter from cooking and heating, indoor chemistry, health effects of indoor air pollutants, microbiology and bioaerosols indoors, indoor volatile organic compounds, low-cost sensors for the indoor environment, energy efficiency impacts, and indoor air quality in green buildings.
Prof. Shelly L. Miller, PhD
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Green Buildings
- Particulate matter
- Indoor chemistry
- Health effects
- Volatile organic compounds
- Energy efficiency
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: VOCs Measurements in Residential Buildings: Quantification via Thermal Desorption and Assessment of Indoor Concentrations in a Case Study
Authors: Sabrina Rovelli, Andrea Cattaneo, Arianna Fazio, Carlo Dossi and Domenico M. Cavallo
Abstract: Indoor air quality plays an important role in the well-being of occupants and may affects their behavior and health quality. Among all the indoor pollutants, some volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can have short- and long-term adverse effects and they are directly classified as toxic or carcinogenic. Consequently, the monitoring of these compounds represents an important tool for the exposure assessment of workers and/or the general population.
In the present study, 12 VOCs (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, ethylene glycolbutyl ether, 2-ethylhexanol, styrene, benzylether, α-pinene and d-limonene) were selected for measurements. Solid adsorbent-based samplings on Tenax TA tubes were performed and atmospheric samples were analyzed by thermal desorption combined with gas chromatography and a flame ionization detector (TD-GC-FID). The analytical parameters were optimized to obtained the best peak resolution and a satisfactory sensitivity, with low detection limits. The precision and reproducibility of the whole procedure, from sampling to TD-GC-FID quantification, were assessed with the analysis of four co-located Tenax TA tubes.
The optimized protocol was subsequently used to quantify the indoor concentrations of the selected VOCs in nine different residential buildings during the dishwasher washing cycle (2-h sampling interval). Obtained results were generally comparable with those found in the scientific literature and showed higher levels for the chemicals typically affected by the investigated activity (e.g. d-limonene), even though always well below the recommended Derived No-Effect Level (DNEL) established for the general population.
Moreover, due to the high number of chemical compounds in the indoor air, an attempt was made to identify via GC-MS other pollutants in addition to those selected in the present study.
Title: Combustion and non-combustion sources of submicron particles in indoor air pollution.
Authors: M. Manigrasso, C. Protano, M. Vitali and P. Avino