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In preparation for FP6, the Laboratory for Advanced Chemical Analysis of emission exhaust and airborne particulate matter in ERLAP has conducted research on the development of procedures for mass spectrometric analysis of potential cancer promoting compounds and other particle associated air toxics such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons and their nitro-, hydroxy-, and oxo-derivatives, azaarenes and their nitro-derivatives, carbonyls and long-chain carboxylic acids.

The present report presents the developed protocol for the chemical analysis of the above mentioned particle associated air toxics. It is divided into three parts. The first part describes the development of analytical procedures for polyaromatic compounds (PAC), in particular azaarenes. The second part describes the synthesis of nitrated aromatic compounds as calibration standards. The third part describes the fine tuning of the analytical protocol and the testing of it on emissions from motorcycles.

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Authors: ASTORGA C ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Emissions and Health Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20560 EN (2003), 167pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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