Aerosol particles from a highway tunnel were collected on a Teflon membrane filter (TMF) using standard techniques. Sorbed organic compounds were then desorbed for 28 days by passing clean nitrogen through the filter. Volatile n-alkanes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were liberated from the filter quickly; only a small fraction of the less volatile ra-alkanes and PAHs were desorbed. A nonlinear least-squares method was used to fit an intraparticle diffusion model to the experimental data. Two fitting parameters were used: the gas/particle partition coefficient (Kp and an effective intraparticle diffusion coefficient (Oeff). Optimized values of Kp are in agreement with previously reported values. The slope of a correlation between the fitted values of Deff and Kp agrees well with theory, but the absolute values of Deff are a factor of ???106 smaller than predicted for sorption-retarded, gaseous diffusion. Slow transport through an organic or solid phase within the particles or preferential flow through the bed of particulate matter on the filter might be the cause of these very small effective diffusion coefficients. ?? 1993 American Chemical Society.
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Description of gas/particle sorption kinetics with an intraparticle diffusion model: Desorption experiments