Characterization of indoor PM2.5 associated with cooking activities in Paso del Norte households

Joel Mora, University of Texas at El Paso


Continuous and integrated indoor-outdoor PM2.5 monitoring and sampling was accomplished at 8 residences in central U.S.-Mexico border region from February 14th to April 1st 2005. The monitoring resulted in a characterization of chemical elemental composition, organic carbon, elemental carbon, and of indoor PM2.5 and PAHs from cooking activities. Since exposures to indoor PM in households preparing traditional Mexican dishes, particularly to PAHs emitted from cooking activities, have become a major health concern in this area, this study monitored and recorded indoor PM exposures resulting from such emissions. Dual indoor and outdoor 5-minute average PM2.5 mass concentrations were recorded. 3-hr and 21-hr PM2.5 samples were collected from each of the 8 residences for elemental, EC and OC analyses. Two TEOMs, each equipped with an automatic cartridge collection unit (ACCU) system holding Teflon and quartz fiber filters, were employed for the indoor-outdoor PM characterization. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) ^

Subject Area

Engineering, Civil|Engineering, Environmental

Recommended Citation

Mora, Joel, "Characterization of indoor PM2.5 associated with cooking activities in Paso del Norte households" (2006). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1435351.