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Investigation Of Indoor Air Pollution And Volatile Organic Compounds Present In Hospitals And Their Treatment Via Photocatalytic Oxidation, Michael John Celente Jan 2017

Investigation Of Indoor Air Pollution And Volatile Organic Compounds Present In Hospitals And Their Treatment Via Photocatalytic Oxidation, Michael John Celente

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While preexisting research regarding cigarette smoke, carbon monoxide poisoning, dust/allergens and other air pollutants exits, studying volatile organic compound (VOC) contamination indoors is a relatively recent endeavor. While certain VOCs are considered carcinogens with known detrimental health effects, new research involves investigating VOC sources, contaminant concentration in ambient indoor air and possible treatment technologies. This paper will not only detail different types of air pollutants, their sources, and health effects, but also delve deeper into VOC contamination in health related facilities (mainly hospitals) and address possible treatment methods such as photocatalytic (PCO) oxidation. Particulate matter, VOCs, biological contaminants, and ...