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Ten household products were screened for the emission of volatile organic compounds. Using Tenax sampling and analysis by combined gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to more than 80 single compounds or groups of isomers were identified and semi-quantitative data on the initial emission rate (emission rate immediately after application) were obtained. Products fall into two groups : those containing water as a main constituent and those without water. The initial emission rate of the first group ranged from 0.2 to 2 micro-g/cm2/min, whereas the second group had higher emission rates of up to 430 micro-g/cm2/min. Products of the second group emit essentially hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes, and terpenes), whereas most products of the first group emit oxygenated compounds including terpene alcohols and their acetates, aliphatic alcohols and esters as well as alkoxy-alcohols.

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Authors: KNöPPEL H, JRC Ispra (IT);SCHAUENBURG H, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Environment International, Vol. 15 (1989) pp. 413-418
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