Emission of carcinogenic components with automobile exhausts

Environ Health Perspect. 1983 Jan:47:53-63. doi: 10.1289/ehp.834753.


Different sampling methods for mutagenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are described. These methods involve either direct sampling of raw exhausts which prior to filtering are cooled in a condenser, or filter sampling of exhausts diluted in a tunnel. The relevance of gas-phase PAHs of samples from diluted exhausts is discussed; methods used are either adsorbents (XAD-2) or cryogenic condensation. The emission of benzo(a)pyrene and certain other PAHs is reported from vehicles using different fuels (gasoline, diesel, LPG, alcohols) or different emission control systems. The emission of some volatiles, such as benzene, ethylene and alkylnitrites, is also presented from different types of fuels used.

MeSH terms

  • Chromatography, Gas
  • Methods
  • Polycyclic Compounds / analysis*
  • Vehicle Emissions / analysis*


  • Polycyclic Compounds
  • Vehicle Emissions