Indoor Chemistry

Charles J. Weschler*, Nicola Carslaw

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This review aims to encapsulate the importance, ubiquity, and complexity of indoor chemistry. We discuss the many sources of indoor air pollutants and summarize their chemical reactions in the air and on surfaces. We also summarize some of the known impacts of human occupants, who act as sources and sinks of indoor chemicals, and whose activities (e.g., cooking, cleaning, smoking) can lead to extremely high pollutant concentrations. As we begin to use increasingly sensitive and selective instrumentation indoors, we are learning more about chemistry in this relatively understudied environment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)2419-2428
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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