Reactive indoor air chemistry and health-A workshop summary

Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017 Nov;220(8):1222-1229. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.09.009. Epub 2017 Sep 23.


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.

Keywords: Health effects of indoor air chemistry; Indoor air modeling; Indoor air quality; Oxidants; Reactive indoor chemistry.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / adverse effects
  • Air Pollutants / analysis
  • Air Pollutants / chemistry
  • Air Pollution, Indoor* / adverse effects
  • Air Pollution, Indoor* / analysis
  • Animals
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Oxidants / adverse effects
  • Oxidants / chemistry


  • Air Pollutants
  • Oxidants