Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Name

Chemistry (Analytical/Environmental Option)

Department or School/College

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Committee Chair

Chris Palmer

Committee Co-chair


Commitee Members

Erin Semmens, Lu Hu


exposure, wood smoke, fire, carcinogen, volatile organic compounds, PAHs


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Analytical Chemistry | Environmental Chemistry


Human exposure to biomass smoke is a health concern worldwide. Although many studies have measured particulate matter in wood smoke as a health concern, exposure to mutagenic and carcinogenic volatile and semivolatile compounds remains understudied. This research introduces a novel method of quantitative measurement of exposure to these compounds using silicone wristbands. The study developed a method to extract analytes of interest from the wristbands and quantify a few volatile organic compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with known ill health effects, and then performed linear regressions between extracted levels and exposure to those analytes using controlled exposure studies. Results indicate good and statistically significant correlations between recovered analytes from the wristbands and average exposure over time, making these wristbands a potentially useful tool for quantitatively testing exposure to wood smoke.



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