Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) gain more attention from the researchers all over
the world as compared to other air pollutants due to their carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic nature
to humans. The association of PAHs with the fine fraction of particulate matter is of significant importance
in terms of persistence in the atmosphere, where they can undergo chemical reactions and also
be transported to a long distance. In present study we reviewed the ambient concentrations of PAHs in
India and South Korea from the published papers since 2012. From this study it is clear that the Indian
people are exposing high amounts of PAHs than Koreans. For example, the highest concentration of
Benzo[a]pyrene (carcinogen to humans) reported in Korea is 3.46 ng/m3 where as in India it is 1189
ng/m3. In this study, we tabulated and discussed the analytical parameters evaluated in the determination
of atmospheric PAHs, such as sampling period, sampling device, extraction method, analytical instrument
used and QA/QC measurements.
Keywords: Air pollutants, atmosphere, carcinogens, India, PAHs, South Korea.
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