Sources of Volatile Organic Compounds in a University Building

Akal D., Yurdakul S., Civan M. Y. , Tuncel G., Ersan H. Y.

ENVIRONMENTAL FORENSICS, vol.16, no.2, pp.173-185, 2015 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15275922.2015.1022913
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.173-185


A total of 34volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were measured in the indoor of laboratories, offices and classrooms of the Chemical Engineering Department of Hacettepe University in Ankara in 2week-day passive sampling campaigns. The average concentrations ranged from 0.77 to 265g m(-3) at the different indoor sites, with the most abundant VOC found to be toluene (119.6g m(-3)), followed by styrene (21.24g m(-3)), 2-ethyltoluene (17.11g m(-3)), n-hexane (10.21g m(-3)) and benzene (9.42g m(-3)). According to the factor analysis, the evaporation of solvents used in the laboratories was found to be the dominant source.