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Environ Int. 2007 Jul;33(5):694-705. Epub 2007 Mar 26.

Volatile organic compounds in indoor environment and photocatalytic oxidation: state of the art.

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA 6845, Australia. wangshao@vesta.curtin.edu.au

Abstract

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the major pollutants in indoor air, which significantly impact indoor air quality and thus influencing human health. A long-term exposure to VOCs will be detrimental to human health causing sick building syndrome (SBS). Photocatalytic oxidation of VOCs is a cost-effective technology for VOCs removal compared with adsorption, biofiltration, or thermal catalysis. In this paper, we review the current exposure level of VOCs in various indoor environment and state of the art technology for photocatalytic oxidation of VOCs from indoor air. The concentrations and emission rates of commonly occurring VOCs in indoor air are presented. The effective catalyst systems, under UV and visible light, are discussed and the kinetics of photocatalytic oxidation is also presented.

PMID:
17376530
DOI:
10.1016/j.envint.2007.02.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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