Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Air; Clothing; Oxybenzone; Partitioning; SVOC


"Clothing has been proven to be a significant accumulator of chemicals from the air. Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) have a high affinity towards textiles, and measuring the equilibrium partition coefficient between cloth and air (Kcloth-air) for SVOCs is crucial in predicting human exposure to these compounds. This study aims to quantify Kcloth-air for oxybenzone to contribute to a larger human exposure experiment carried out at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Kcloth-air for oxybenzone was calculated using data collected from the exposure chamber at DTU and from performing extractions of oxybenzone in fabric samples from the experiment using HPLC. Kcloth-air was calculated to be 5.9 ± 2.1 x 106 (µg/m3 per µg/m3) for oxybenzone in cotton. Additionally, a lab scale measurement of this partition coefficient at 31 ⁰C was also performed using headspace solid-phase microextraction (SPME). A comparison of the DTU fabric and a similar fabric using the headspace method resulted in Kcloth-air values that ranged over an order of magnitude. The headspace SPME method for measuring Kcloth-air seems promising, but improvements are necessary"--Abstract, page iii.


Morrison, Glenn

Committee Member(s)

Fitch, Mark W.
Rezaei, Fateme


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Environmental Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2017


ix, 52 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 45-51).


© 2017 Jonathan Hill

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11096

Electronic OCLC #