Volatile organic compound emissions from solvent- and water-borne coatings: compositional differences and tracer compound ; identifications Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. The emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from volatile chemical products (VCPs) – specifically personal care products, cleaning agents, coatings, adhesives, and pesticides – are emerging as the largest source of petroleum-derived organic carbon in US cities. Previous work has shown that the ambient concentration of markers for most VCP categories correlate strongly with population density except for VOCs predominantly originating from solvent- and water-borne coatings (e.g., parachlorobenzotrifluoride (PCBTF) and Texanol®, respectively). Instead, these enhancements were dominated by distinct emission events likely driven by industrial usage patterns, such as construction activity. In this work, the headspace of a variety of coating products was analyzed using a proton-transfer-reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PTR-ToF-MS) and a gas chromatography (GC) pre-separation front-end to identify composition differences for various coating types (e.g., paints, primers, sealers and stains). Evaporation experiments of several products showed high initial VOC emission rates and for the length of these experiments, the majority of the VOC mass was emitted during the first few hours following application. The percentage of mass emitted as measured VOCs (;

publication date

  • October 22, 2020

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Date in CU Experts

  • June 3, 2021 9:34 AM

Full Author List

  • Stockwell CE; Coggon MM; Gkatzelis GI; Ortega J; McDonald BC; Peischl J; Aikin K; Gilman JB; Trainer M; Warneke C

author count

  • 10

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