Emissions of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins, and Dibenzofurans from Incineration of Nanomaterials

TitleEmissions of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins, and Dibenzofurans from Incineration of Nanomaterials
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsVejerano EP, Holder AL, Marr LC
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Volume47
Issue9
Pagination4866 - 4874
Date Published05/2013
ISSN1520-5851
Abstract

Disposal of some nanomaterial-laden waste through incineration is inevitable, and nanomaterials’ influence on combustion byproduct formation under high-temperature, oxidative conditions is not well understood. This work reports the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) from incineration of paper and plastic waste containing various nanomaterials, including titania, nickel oxide, silver, ceria, iron oxide, quantum dots, and C60-fullerene, in a laboratory-scale furnace. The presence of nanomaterials in the waste stream resulted in higher emissions of some PAH species and lower emissions of others, depending on the type of waste. The major PAH species formed were phenanthrene and anthracene, and emissions were sensitive to the amount of nanomaterials in the waste. Generally, there were no significant differences in emission factors for the larger PAH species when nanomaterials were added to the waste. The total PAH emission factors were on average 6 times higher for waste spiked with nanomaterials v. their bulk counterparts. Emissions of chlorinated dioxins from poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) waste were not detected; however, chlorinated furans were formed at elevated concentrations with wastes containing silver and titania nanomaterials, and toxicity was attributable mainly to 2,3,4,7,8-pentachlorodibenzofuran. The combination of high specific surface area and catalytic, including electrocatalytic, properties of nanomaterials might be responsible for affecting the formation of toxic pollutants during incineration.

DOI10.1021/es304895z
Short TitleEnviron. Sci. Technol.