Web resources: Poly-Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Erin Rasmussen

PAH is an acronym for Poly-Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), a chemical compound that contains more than one fused benzene ring. They are commonly found in petroleum fuels, coal products, and tar; e.g. Naphthalene, Anthracene, Phenanthrene

For more information take a look at the EUGRIS Portal for Soil and Water Management in Europe:
(it includes references to peer reviewed articles)

Some of the chemistry is nicely outlined in this wiki article:
and this more comprehensive detail : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycyclic_aromatic_hydrocarbon

A nice soil remediation article about removing PAHs:

A google listing of scholarly articles about PAHs: