Reactive Indoor Air Chemistry and Health - A Workshop Summary

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JournalInternational Journal of Hygiene and Environmental health
DateAccepted/In press - 22 Sep 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 23 Sep 2017
DatePublished (current) - Nov 2017
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)1222-1229
Early online date23/09/17
Original languageEnglish


The chemical composition of indoor air changes due to the reactive nature of the indoor environment.
Historically, only the stable parent compounds were investigated due to their ease of measurement by conventional methods. Today, however, scientists can better characterize oxidation products (gas and particulate phase) formed by indoor chemistry. An understanding of occupant exposure can be developed through the investigation of indoor oxidants, the use of derivatization techniques, atmospheric pressure detection, the development of real-time technologies, and improved complex modeling techniques. Moreover, the connection between exposure and health effects is now receiving more attention from the research community. Nevertheless, a need still exists for improved understanding of the possible link between indoor air chemistry and observed acute or chronic health effects and long-term effects such as work-related asthma.

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