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Title: Characteristics of indoor aerosols in residential homes in urban locations: A case study in Singapore
Authors: Balasubramanian, R. 
Sheng, S.L.
Issue Date: Aug-2007
Citation: Balasubramanian, R.,Sheng, S.L. (2007-08). Characteristics of indoor aerosols in residential homes in urban locations: A case study in Singapore. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association 57 (8) : 981-990. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As part of a major study to investigate the indoor air quality in residential houses in Singapore, intensive aerosol measurements were made in an apartment in a multistory building for several consecutive days in 2004. The purpose of this work was to identify the major indoor sources of fine airborne particles and to assess their impact on indoor air quality for a typical residential home in an urban area in a densely populated country. Particle number and mass concentrations were measured in three rooms of the home using a real-time particle counter and a low-volume particulate sampler, respectively. Particle number concentrations were found to be elevated on several occasions during the measurements. All of the events of elevated particle concentrations were linked to indoor activities based on house occupant log entries. This enabled identification of the indoor sources that contributed to indoor particle concentrations. Activities such as cooking elevated particle number concentrations ≤2.05 × 105 particles/cm3. The fine particles collected on Teflon filter substrates were analyzed for selected ions, trace elements, and metals, as well as elemental and organic carbon (OC) contents. To compare the quality of air between the indoors of the home and the outdoors, measurements were also made outside the home to obtain outdoor samples. The chemical composition of both outdoor and indoor particles was determined. Indoor/outdoor (I/O) ratios suggest that certain chemical constituents of indoor particles, such as chloride, sodium, aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, titanium, vanadium, zinc, and elemental carbon, were derived through migration of outdoor particles (I/O 1). Copyright 2007 Air & Waste Management Association.
Source Title: Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association
ISSN: 10473289
DOI: 10.3155/1047-3289.57.8.981
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