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Concentration levels of heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in car parks at Queensland University of Technology

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  • Adli, Nagat Nuri Abdalla
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2016
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Queensland University of Technology ePrints Archive
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Abstract

This study investigates the level of pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals) in three car parks at QUT, one at Kelvin Grove campus and two at the Gardens Point campus. In addition, comparisons between site designs were assessed to identify the possible sources of heavy metals and PAHs. The main contributing source for heavy metals was identified to be from vehicle debris and emissions, while the source of PAHs was identified to be from petrol and diesel engine vehicle emissions. The highest concentration of pollutants was typically found for the 63 micro meter dust samples, proposed to be due to increased surface areas and thus available adsorption sites.

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