Doctoral Dissertations


”Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a class of organic liquid compounds with low vapor pressures, which enables them to vaporize at ambient conditions. VOCs are largely toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic, and have profound adverse effects on human health and the ecological environment. Many VOCs cause ruinous health effects even at very low concentrations (ppm) and therefore control of these organic compounds is essential for ensuring good air quality. A large portion of VOCs cause catastrophic health effects such as cancer or liver damage even at very low concentrations (ppm), and the control of these compounds is vital in ensuring good air quality.

Many VOCs are used in common household implements such as wood finishes or paints and can even be emitted off improperly ventilated cooking. This significantly alters indoor air quality. Rising levels of VOCs in the outdoor environment, particularly in urban areas, has sparked considerable research into the abatement of VOCs.

High levels of indoor air CO2 in commercial buildings can lead to various health effects, commonly known as sick building syndrome (SBS). The largest sources of indoor CO2 accumulation are human beings, and therefore the control of the aforementioned is carried out by ventilation systems. Consequently, these systems require the highest energy demand among all other facets of building design, and passive control of indoor air CO2 through solid sorbents incorporated into the paint offers a high potential to handle CO2 without utilizing much energy”--Abstract, page iv.


Rezaei, Fateme

Committee Member(s)

Rownaghi, Ali A.
Ludlow, Douglas K.
Liang, Xinhua
Kapila, Shubhender


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering


The authors thank the National Science Foundation (NSF CBET-1802049) for financially supporting this project.
Financial support from Missouri S&T’s Smart Living Signature Area is acknowledged.


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2019

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Abatement of gaseous volatile organic compounds: A process perspective
  • Adsorptive removal of formaldehyde from air using mixed-metal oxides
  • Toluene abatement by simultaneous adsorption and oxidation over mixed-metal oxides
  • Simultaneous capture and destruction of toluene over metal doped MOFs
  • Amine-based latex coatings for indoor air CO2 control in commercial buildings


xvi, 193 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


© 2019 Anirudh Krishnamurthy, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 12026

Electronic OCLC #